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New Community Healing Garden open in downtown Louisville

It’s located outside of the Louisville Ballet headquarters.

A garden features benches and a horse statue.

The Community Healing Garden is free and open to the public.

Photo by Kateryna Sellers

Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Louisville, there’s a new tranquil spot for Louisvillians to stop and reflect.

The Community Healing Garden, located outside of the Louisville Ballet headquarters at 315 E. Main St., was dedicated last week.

The garden was created to honor the Old National Bank shooting, which took place in April 2023. And like the name implies, the community came together to support the project — with six local business + leaders funding the project.

It was designed by Lexington-based landscaper Jon Carloftis, who notably has worked on the Governor’s Mansion gardens in Frankfort.

The garden features a walking path lined with stone benches that weave through gardens featuring heat-tolerant plants, including Artemisia and Hollywood Juniper. The garden also includes a Gallopalooza horse, which was inspired by the “Waltz of the Flowers” from “The Nutcracker,” designed by artist Andy Perez.

The garden is free and open to the public.