new book on dogwoods;
Yew Dell expands boundaries
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (April 2005) Kentuckians know that spring has
arrived when the dogwoods sprout their white, pink and lavender buds,
bringing to life a formerly dull winter landscape.
This much-admired tree is the subject of a new book co-authored
by Paul Cappiello, executive director of Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood,
Ky. Cappiello is a nationally noted horticulturalist, designer and photographer
who took most of the photographs for the book.
The idea for Dogwoods: The Genus Cornus came about because
no one has ever written a book on the genus, said Cappiello. Im
amazed that such a popular group has never been covered in a book,
Yew Dell Gardens will hold a lecture and book signing for Cappiello
at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Legacy Center on the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary campus, Lexington Road, Louisville. Admission
price is $10 for members and $15 for non-members of Yew Dell Gardens.
Cappiello has conducted extensive research on the subject, so this book
seemed a natural thing for him to pen. Cappiello is the former horticultural
director of Bernheim Arboretum in Clermont, Ky. He was also former associate
professor of horticulture at the University of Maine, where he spent
10 years teaching and researching.
Cappiello has spent the last 2 1/2 years working on the book and the
last 20 years studying dogwoods. He has co-authored the book with Don
Shadow, an acclaimed nurseryman from Tennessee. Shadow owns the family-run
business, Shadow Nursery, located in Winchester, Tenn. It specializes
in woody ornamentals and unusual plants.
This book is a resource for gardeners, said Cappiello. It
describes the many different varieties of dogwoods, as most gardening
books on the market are not as detailed in the variety descriptions
and information. It contains useful knowledge on five groups, spanning
ground covers and shrubs to trees.
To provide a unique aspect to the book, Shadow and Cappiello have spent
many hours tracking and documenting the stories behind dogwoods. All
of these stories are in peoples minds, but not on paper, said
Cappiello. That is until now.
Published by Timber Press in Portland, Oregon, Dogwoods
sells for $39.95, and will be available for purchase at Yew Dell Gardens
by mid-April. Members of Yew Dell can receive a discounted price of
Yew Dell expands
Last fall, Yew Dell Gardens purchased the neighboring Minish & Potts
florist-nursery property in Crestwood. The property contained greenhouses,
work and office space, several existing warehouses, and field and woods
Yew Dell was very interested in it because it wraps around warehouses
and connects with Yew Dell below the castle and meadow, said executive
director Paul Cappiello. Tentative goals for the additional property
include enabling staff to explore expanded nursery production and possible
plant sales, plant evaluation, research and garden rehabilitation, as
well as provide a larger area for program expansion at Yew Dell.
It will enable Yew Dell to conduct the necessary daily nuts and bolts
operations of a botanical center but not showcase these operations,
said Cappiello. Yew Dell will continue to promote its themed gardens,
which include settings for roses, dwarf conifers, hollies and evergreens.
The purchase concentrated on the original property, with efforts
to enlarge it, said Cappiello. Many projects completed or under
construction on the original 33-acres once owned by renowned horticulturalist
Theodore Klein, include rehabilitation of a rare bank barn, renovation
around the stone castle (a former pool house) and an expanded public
parking lot close to Kleins Cotswold-style home.
With so many upgrades completed on Kleins original property at
5800 N. Camden Lane, Cappiello now wants to concentrate on the newly
acquired property and decide how to best use and maintain the parcel
Cappiello said the project is in a very early master planning stage.
He is gathering ideas and is in the process of searching for a firm
to construct a master plan. With the many volunteers, visitors and programs
Yew Dell has begun to host, Cappiello feels the need to move forward
rather quickly, to respond to Yew Dells growing popularity and
important status in the horticultural world.
Yew Dell is one of 13 American gardens designated as Partnership Gardens
by the Garden Conservancy, a national group dedicated to preserving
Amercias exceptional gardens. The staff at Yew Dell continue Kleins
legacy by maintaining the more than 1,000 rare specimen trees and shrubs,
some of which Klein personally introduced into the nursery trade.
The spring touring season begins in April at Yew Dell as tour days are
scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon for the second Saturday of every month,
and from noon until 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. All other times
are by appointment only. A $5 donation is suggested, but free to members.
Once a month volunteer workdays will also begin from 9 a.m. until noon
on April 9.
For more information visit www.yewdellgardens.org
or call Cappiello or Leslie Buddeke at (502) 241-4788.
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