‘Twilight in the Garden’
Annual fundraiser for
Yew Dell Gardens to help
fund new facilities
Guests will be able to see
the newest additions at event
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (October 2013) – “Twilight in the Garden” is Yew Dell Botanical Gardens’ largest fundraiser of the year. A large amount of funding is needed to support the many horticultural programs and on site research projects, in addition to a much needed renovation project that will soon be completed.
This fundraiser scheduled for Oct. 4, “provides essential funds to support our basic operations,” said Paul Cappiello, Executive Director of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Ky. “Our $1 million-plus operating budget is covered entirely by fundraising events, membership, sponsorship, donations, shop sales and gate receipts – we receive no government funding for our operating budget.
Events such as this one and other efforts that support our basic operating budget allow us to go out and raise the capital construction funds for projects, such as the Preston T. Ormsby Horticulture Center,” he said.
“Our entire construction project includes a greenhouse, horticulture building, seedling nursery, production and research nursery facilities and support facilities for our horticulture programs.”
The center is a renovated and repurposed potting shed that will serve as the basis of Yew Dell’s horticulture operations. It is expected to be completed by November. The remainder of the facilities will be completed in 2014 with a few being currently operational.
The greenhouse, which will be named the Mary Peabody and Henry Fitzhugh Greenhouse, will be heated and cooled by a super-efficient solar and geothermal heating and cooling system, Cappiello said. Energy captured by solar panels will provide power for the heating and cooling system, lights and fans (in the greenhouse and adjacent work buildings), mist systems and will even charge the fleet of electric vehicles used on the grounds. Any excess energy that is generated will be sent back to the municipal power grid.
“The design is a collaborative effort that involved Yew Dell staff, deLeon Primmer Architecture Workshop, Rough Brothers (of Cincinnati) and landscape architect Mike Smiley of Environs,” said Cappiello.
In front of the greenhouse, adjacent to the Gheens Barn, will be a garden and event terrace space. The greenhouse will perform a variety of functions. Cappiello said, “It will provide space for education programs ranging from our nationally recognized children’s education programs to home gardener classes and all the way to certification workshops for green industry professionals.”
It will provide space to grow plants for garden displays, research projects and sales. The greenhouse will also provide the ability to be turned into a display space for small sculptures and other items that we’ve not been able to display in the past, he said.
“We’re really excited about the changes to the grounds and the opportunities that the greenhouse will offer,” said Karla Drover, Assistant Director of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. “It will allow more space to showcase the beauty of the grounds and the contribution a botanical garden can make to the local community.”
“The new facilities will be on display during Twilight in that they will be in the middle of the flow of the cocktail portion of the evening so people will be able to see what is being built,” Cappiello said. “Guests will be able to see the facilities, but they won’t be open for touring. We’ll be planning a series of formal opening events over the coming months.”
“Twilight in the Garden” will include musical entertainment by a local group, The Barefoot Best Friends, and Tom McShane, owner of Hewn From the Mountain Music Café in Crestwood.
For this year’s auction, “We have lots of new items including the opportunity to distill your own batch of rye whiskey with a Kentucky Artisan Distillery located in Crestwood, a cocktail party for 50, and a weekend in a New York apartment with a private tour of the High Line – the new garden in New York,” said Drover.
Cappiello said additional items include a house in southern France for a week, Beyonce concert tickets, fine wines, special dinner and garden parties, a pro tennis tournament package and much more. All auction items are available for online bidding until Thursday, Oct 3.
“We realize that not everyone can fit a $200 event into his budget,” he said. “This is why over the course of the year we offer events at a range of prices.”
Annual events include the Farm to Table dinner at $95, Sculpture Show Opening cocktail party for $25 and several free and low-cost events such as the Hummingbird Festival (regular $7 admission price and free for members) and Boo Dell ($5 per car parking fee). “For 2013, we were able to offer our nationally recognized Children in the Dell programs (Saturday morning classes, Activity Backpacks and Book-N-Blanket program), all free of charge.”
• To purchase tickets or for more information, call (502) 241-4788 or visit: www.YewDellGardens.org.
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