Classes and Events

Yew Dell offers a varied slate of classes and events from garden lectures to hands-on workshops, plant walks, festivals and programs for families and kids, casual gardeners, homeowners and avid plant lovers. For casual/informal activities available during all open hours, see the ACTIVITIES page. For guided tour information, see the GROUP TOURS page.

All paid registrations are nonrefundable but are transferable.


Late Thursday Nights

Every Thursday, June1-August 31; 4:30pm-8pm

Free with Regular Admission

First Furry Friendly Thursday

Thursday: June 1, July 6 & August 3


Bring your favorite four-legged friend and hike the trails, stroll the gardens or have a picnic together. Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after!

Second Summer Saunter Thursday

Thursday: June 8, July 13 & August 10


Come for an entertaining and informative plant focused walk.
The walks will feature: June--Cool plants, July-- The Arboretum, August -- The Woodland Trail

Third Thursday Tunes

Thursday: June 15, July 20 & August 17


Enjoy an evening of music in the garden with local musician Tom McShane.

Fourth Fairy Fun Thursday

Thursday: June 22, July 27 & August 24


Are you or your kiddos fairy garden fans? Come out for a hands-on opportunity to get acquainted with fairy garden life and its creatures. Our “fairy dedicated” volunteers will guide you through the fairy garden and introduce you to materials so you can build something of your own for the fairies.

Children in the Dell

Every Saturday, June 3-August 26; 10:30am-12pm

Free with Parent or Guardian Admission

Pre-register HERE

Join our usual merry band of kiddos in the Children in the Dell World Headquarters (aka the log cabin) rain or shine! This popular Saturday-morning program is the perfect opportunity to give children a chance to spend some time with all that is green. Our energetic and creative educators will engage the children in everything from planting and growing veggies to nature-inspired scavenger hunts and a whole lot more. Whatever happens to be in season will be the topic du jour. Intended for children from 5-12 years old. Parents must stay on the grounds and are invited to participate in the day’s activities. Preregistration encouraged – drop-ins welcome as space allows.

Louisville Visual Arts Summer Camp

Monday, June 12 through Friday June 16; 9am-12pm

Members/Non-Members: $155/$180

Yew Dell is partnering with Louisville Visual Arts to bring a nature art summer camp to our grounds! Kids ages 7-12 will explore the wonders of our botanical gardens through a creative lens. Imagine creating art in a castle or along our woodland trails! Artists will tap into their creative genius with guided curriculum and help from the great outdoors. The natural world offers the opportunity for children to draw, design, paint, sculpt and create their way toward beautiful works of art. To sign up, visit Louisville Visual Art's website:

Sunday Supper

Sunday, June 25; 6-9pm

Members/Non-Members: $100/$120 Purchase Tickets HERE

Plan to join us for our seventh annual farm fresh event, Sunday Supper. The evening will feature farm-fresh food in a striking summer setting prepared by one of Louisville's finest. As always, the menu will include the freshest locally-sourced ingredients.

Summer Hummer Buzz Fest

Sunday, August 27; 3-6pm

Free with Regular Admission

Guests will have an opportunity to meet area experts, hummingbirds and learn about bees too! Yew Dell’s Hummingbirds & Bees Festival is a great way to spend a few hours enjoying the gardens and learning about some of Mother Nature’s most amazing marvels: the birds & the bees! 

Twilight in the Garden

Friday, October 6; 6pm-9:30pm


Enjoy a lovely evening in the gardens in the Mary F. Rounsavall Pavilion, a gourmet dinner, limited silent and live auctions along with other spirited activities.


Boo Dell

Saturday, October 28; 11am-3pm

Free with Regular Admission

This seasonal event is a frightfully-fun day and a family favorite! Mark your calendars and get your creative costume thinking caps on. Kids of all ages can enjoy trick-or-treating along the Trail-o-Treats (11am-2pm). Dozens of local businesses will entertain with their creatively creepy booths and costumes. Hayrides, a straw-maze, scavenger hunts and the popular Mr. Magic (2pm-3pm) round out a day of fun for all. This event draws a large crowd, so come easy for easy parking and to get in on all the goodies. 


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