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Work underway on new project at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

The development will surround the Yew Dell castle, transforming the area into a new attraction.

A group of six people stand dressed in business casual attire, while also wearing construction-style hard hats. They stand holding shovels, in front of a stone structure.

The Yew Dell castle was built in the 1950s with much of the construction work done by Theodore Klein, the man whose property became the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

Photo courtesy Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Did you know: There’s a castle near Louisville? No, we’re not talking about the Kentucky Castle in Versailles — that’s all you, LEXtoday.

It’s located in the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, and it’s now set to undergo a significant renovation.

In case you missed it, officials broke ground on the project last week. The development will be the first new gardens at Yew Dell since it opened to the public in 2002, transforming the area surrounding the castle to include several new features, such as:

  • New gardens
  • Water features
  • Educational areas
An artistic rendering of a new garden project.

The castle, on the left of this image, will be the centerpiece of the $5 million project.

Image by Jim Collins, courtesy Yew Dell Botanical Gardens and Land Morphology

The $5 million project is nearly two years in the making, with Yew Dell working to raise funds during that time. It’s being led by Seattle-based Land Morphology, a landscape architecture firm behind major projects from across the country, including the Brooklyn Botanic and Herb Garden and the Seattle Waterfront.

Yew Dell officials say the project will kick off the next several decades of growth at the site, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

The castle was built by the Klein family in the early 1950s, and it originally served as a pool house on what was then the family farm.

Construction for the project is expected to be completed next year.

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