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Yew Dell Botanical Gardens launches $5M The Castle Gardens Campaign

  • July 6, 2022

With its enchanting stone castle, spell-binding tunnel of shade trees, knee-high fairy houses and hundreds of butterflies fluttering between vast and varied garden spaces — if ever there was a secret garden in Kentucky, this is it. 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the award-winning Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old Lagrange Road in Crestwood, is one of the most serene and magical places in the Bluegrass State set on 60-acres.

And now it’s planning to grow. 

Protecting and enhancing this magnificent space falls on the shoulders of Yew Dell’s executive director, Paul Cappiello. With horticultural expertise and patience, Cappiello and his team have spent the past 20 years transforming the former farm and home of the late Theodore Klein into a public space and research garden.

“For the first 20 years, we really needed to rescue the property by rehabilitating the grounds, building a strong and sustainable organization and bringing all of the buildings back to the state that they really deserve,” Cappiello told the Courier Journal. “It was the responsible thing to do and to date, every one of the buildings has been an award-winning architectural project. Now it’s time to bring the gardens to the same world class level.”

The Castle Terrace is a hand-built stone castle at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. June 14, 2022

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That’s not to say the internationally-recognized center of gardening, plant research and education isn’t already exceptional, but Cappiello and the Yew Dell team are determined to enhance the property during the next phase of the local landmark’s improvements. 

“Yew Dell, with its history, its artistry in the architecture and garden work is a rare gem, ” Cappiello said. “I travel to gardens all over the world so I can tell you this is the kind of package you just

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