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Twilight in the Garden

Yew Dell Gardens fundraiser
supports programming, research

Programs include workshops
for all levels of gardeners

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (October 2009) – Fall is a great time to take advantage of the many offerings of Crestwood’s Yew Dell Gardens. The annual fundraiser event, Twilight in the Garden, will showcase the beauty of the gardens, varied educational opportunities, and provide a social gathering for individuals who want to ensure that the gardens continue for many years to come.

Yew Dell Gardens

Photos provided

A silent auction from previous
Twilight in the Gardens is pictured
above. Yew Dell Gardens has been
nationally recognized by The Garden
Conservancy, a national organization
dedicated to saving America’s
most unique gardens.

Yew Dell Gardens

Twilight in the Garden serves as the primary fundraiser for Yew Dell Gardens, according to Leah Whitmer, Director of Marketing & Development. “It raises much needed funding to support our ongoing programs.”
Each year, the event has been successful in raising funding to promote “critical research, great workshops and beautiful gardens that make our community a better place to live,” said Whitmer. A great benefit to the event is that “it’s a beautiful time of the year to gather together long-time supporters and new friends to let them know that we appreciate and depend on them to keep offering our services to the community.”
She believes it’s also important to show supporters “that we are good stewards and that their support is really making a difference at Yew Dell.” Yew Dell Gardens is a 33-acre botanical garden created by the late Theodore and Martha Lee Klein.
Begun as their private estate, the gardens have now been nationally recognized by The Garden Conservancy, a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving America’s most unique gardens. Yew Dell Gardens has more than 1,200 members and 250 volunteers to keep the grounds looking spectacular year-round.
Yew Dell Gardens has had a lot of success in the past with Twilight in the Garden. The format is relatively the same from year to year because “people love it the way it is,” said Whitmer.
The evening begins Oct. 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., followed by a three-course gourmet dinner at 8 p.m. provided by The Silver Spoon. Silent and live auctions will be held. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds prior to and after dinner, in place of Yew Dell providing entertainment for the evening.
Individuals do not have to be a member of Yew Dell Gardens to attend Twilight in the Garden. “We’d love for new people to join us,” Whitmer said. Tickets are $175 per person.
“Twilight in the Garden has been very successful as a major fundraiser,” said Lisa Barr, Yew Dell Gardens board member and chairman for Twilight in the Garden. Because of annual operational expenses, “All non-profits need to have a fundraising event.”
The event is special because “we hold it on site and create a beautiful evening for our guests,” said Barr.
Yew Dell Gardens has a fabulous schedule of programs for every level of gardener, from our Garden Geek series to hands-on pruning and propagating workshops, Barr said.
Money raised from Twilight in the Garden will contribute to special events such as an annual Plant Sale and Garden Market, Hummingbird Festival and Sculpture in the Dell, an event showcasing local artists and their works displayed among the gardens. This latter event was a wonderful success, said Whitmer.
“We hosted more than 2,000 visitors over the two-month span of the show. We sold more than half the pieces on display and plan to expand the show next year.”
Yew Dell Gardens also hosts several summer evening concert events and various workshops throughout the year with well known gardening experts. Boo Dell is scheduled for Oct. 24, an event for the entire community sponsored in conjunction with the Oldham County Public Library.
“Last year so many of our guests said (Twilight in the Garden) was so beautiful and so much fun, and if that is not enough to bring you out, it is for a very good cause,” said Barr.

• To purchase tickets or for more information on Twilight in the Garden please contact Leah Whitmer or Dr. Paul Cappiello at (502) 241-4788, or visit www.YewDellGardens.org.

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