LA GRANGE, Ky. (October 2003) The late Theodore R. Klein will
be posthumously honored by the Oldham County Historical Society on
Oct. 17 at its second annual Fundraising Gala. Klein, who died in
1998 at age 93, will be named this years Champion of Oldham
County History for his contribution to the preservation of the
Klein, an internationally known and respected nurseryman and plant
expert, devoted much of his life to horticulture. At his Yew
Dell farm, located near Crestwood, Ky., he planted more than
a thousand different specimens of trees and plants, and eventually
became one of the most successful wholesalers of nursery stock in
A founding member of the Oldham County Historical Society, he served
for several years as its president and remained active in its affairs
through the end of his life.
Klein will be the second recipient of the Champion of Oldham
County History Award, which was created to honor current or
former residents of Oldham County, living or dead, who have demonstrated
a sincere interest in Oldham County history. The Oct. 17 fundraising
gala will be held at The Olmsted, located at 3701 Frankfort Ave.,
The evening will begin with a 7 p.m. reception, followed by a dinner.
Guest speakers will include Bob Hill, a columnist for The Courier-Journal
and co-host of the WFPL HomeGrown radio program, and Dr.
Paul Cappiello, the executive director of Yew Dell. Mary Broecker
will be the honorary chairperson.
Cost of the event is $100 per person, which includes the
reception, dinner and bus transportation. Reservations can be made
by calling the Historical Society at (502) 222-0826.
Dell Gardens to feature author Cabot
Award-winning garden designer and author Frank Cabot will share his
vast knowledge of horticulture and discuss his book, The Greater
Perfection, on Saturday, Oct. 18, at St. Francis in the fields
Episcopal Church, at Wolf Pen Branch Road and Hwy. 42. The event is
sponsored by Yew Dell Gardens.
Dubbed one of the Giants of Designs in House Beautiful
magazines June 2003 issue, Cabot is respected worldwide as a
visionary gardener. His book unveils the story and images of his garden,
Les Quatre Vents in Quebec, Canada. It has been acclaimed as the most
aesthetically satisfying and horticultural exciting landscape experience
in North America.
Describing himself as a horticultural enthusiast, Cabot first gardened
with his wife, Anne Perkins Cabot, at Stonecrop in Cold Spring, N.Y.
Stonecrop has since become a well known public garden and teaching
institution. He served as chairman of the Friends of Horticulture
at Wave Hill, as an officer of the North American Rock Garden Society,
and as chairman of the New York Botanical Garden. In 1989 he founded
and remains chairman of the Garden Conservancy, an organization devoted
to the preservation of exceptional private gardens in North America.
Among his many activities in the area surrounding his garden at Les
Quatre Vents, he supports the Centre Ecologique de Port au Saumon,
a leading Quebec nature study center, as well as groups seeking to
safeguard the heritage of the Charlevoix Region. Cabot is the recipient
of numerous horticultural awards, most notably the Scott Medal from
the Scott Arboretum, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award from the American
Horticultural Society, and the Vietch Medal from the Royal Horticultural
Society. His book, published in 2001 by Hortus Press, has been internationally
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with registration and book signing
and raffles of rare plants. Cabots lecture is at 11 a.m. Admission
to the lecture is $10. No advance or reserved tickets available.
For information on this event, call (502) 241-4788 or visit: