Oldham Co. Historical Society Benefit

The late Klein to be honored
at annual fundraiser

Staff Report

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 year’s “Champion of Oldham County History” for his contribution to the preservation of the county’s history.
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 the region.

Theodore Klein

Theodore Klein

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., in Louisville.
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.

Yew 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 magazine’s 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 acclaimed.
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with registration and book signing and raffles of rare plants. Cabot’s 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: www.yelldellgardens.org.



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