Dell Gardens Grand Opening
'Evening in the Gardens' draws more than 300
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (July 2004) Yew Dell Gardens, the former 33-acre
home, gardens and arboretum of the late commercial nurseryman Theodore
Klein in Oldham County, held its opening gala June 11 with a public
open house held June 13.
More than 200 people attended the Friday evening garden tour and
auction. THey also toured the newly restored house, castle, log cabin
and tobacco barn, while viewing the conceptual plans for the Gheens
Bank Barn. With a $75,000 grant from the Gheens Foundation, the historic
barn will be transformed into a state-of-the-art education center.
It will serve as a cultural and educational resource for people of
all ages across the region by hosting workshops, symposia, special
events, lectures, workshops and corporate retreats.
Yew Dell contain more than 1,000 rare specimen trees and shrubs,
including some Klein personally introduced to the nursery trade. Themed
gardens scattered throughout the property include settings for roses,
dwarf conifers and an English-style walled garden among others. A
small stone castle, a 1800s log cabin, a rare bank barn, a tobacco
barn, bermed greenhouses, and Kleins Cotswalds-style home grace
More opportunities are available to visit the gardens. Yew Dell will
welcome visitors from 10 a.m. until noon the second Saturday of each
month except January while the gardens are recreated, and will soon
announce much more extensive hours as the gardens near completion.