Buildings Photo Gallery
The original buildings that still grace Yew Dell's grounds were created by Theodore Klein between the early 1940s and 1980s and have been painstakingly brought back to shining condition. Added to this unique collection are the stunning new architectural projects that were added to the property since the inception of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. These projects emerged from a partnership between Yew Dell staff, board members and the Louisville architectural firm of deLeon and Primmer Architecture Workshop. Garnering top design honors from the Kentucky chapter of the American Institute of Architects and recognition from near and far, they continue Yew Dell's long-standing tradition of outstanding design.
One of the original Klein farm buildings, the tobacco barn was used to dry tobacco for a number of years. It was also used for various other farm purposes such as equipment storage. In 2005 the barn was completely refurbished and in 2010 it was rechristened as the Yew Dell Visitor Center with addition of the Gift Shop.
Garden Gift Shop
Designed by the Louisville firm of deLeon and Primmer Architecture Workshop, the Shop is the primary Visitor Center, handling admission, membership sales, class registration . . . and of course, shop sales. Our staff can provide visitors with an introduction to the grounds and answer general Yew Dell questions.
Originally built as the Klein family's pool house, the fieldstone construction carries the same theme as the house and numerous stone walls around the property. The Castle has a small working kitchen and a central room that can be rented for meetings, retreats and special occasion events.
House (Yew Dell Administrative Offices)
Built by Theodore Klein between 1947 and 1949, the Cotswolds-styled house was the main residence for the Klein family. The turned cherry banisters, inlaid hardwood flooring and other details were crafted by Klein. Today the house serves as the primary administrative offices for Yew Dell.
Gheens Barn and Peyton Samuel Head Trust Pavilion
The Barn served as hay storage on the upper level and had livestock stalls below, strategically built into the slope of the land so both levels could be accessed at ground level. Now renovated with support from the Gheens Foundation, the Barn now serves as an education facility for lectures and workshops.
The Peyton Samel Head Trust Pavilion was designed by deLeon & Primmer Architecture Workshop and was built in 2005 along with renovation of the Gheens Barn. The pavilion houses the public restrooms, a food prep space for events and an overlook event deck.
Both the Barn and Pavilion are available for weddings and other rental events.
Mary Peabody and Henry Fitzhugh Greenhouse
The new greenhouse facility was opened in 2014 to serve as a center for education, plant propagation and production. The facility is powered/heated/cooled by a solar/geothermal system that, during the warmer months, produces excess energy that is sent back to the public energy grid. The back (north) roof slope is covered with a green roof system with more than 30 different types of plants. The greenhouse is open to the public but plants in the greenhouse are not for sale.
Mary F. Rounsavall Event Pavilion
Opened in spring 2016, this new facility greatly expands Yew Dell's capacity for rental events, community festivals and Yew Dell programming. With event seating for more than 300 guests, roll-down, fabric sides, integrated lighting and stunning gardens and views all around, it is the perfect place to host a special event. The new facility was named in honor of Yew Dell's long-serving board president who has been so instrumental in Yew Dell's early success.
Preston T. Ormsby Horticulture Center
Originally built by Theodore Klein to serve as a potting shed for the young nursery, this building was completely upgraded in 2013 to serve as the headhouse for the new greenhouse facility and the nerve center of Yew Dell's horticultural operations.
This stone-faced building was originally used as a loading dock for the Klein Nursery operation. The sliding bay door on the back served as a loading dock for deliveries coming in and going out. It is now used for storage for event materials but its stone facade and slate-covered roof make it unmistakably a Klein/Yew Dell original.
A utilitarian building originally used to store grain for the Klein Farm livestock, it is now used to store equipment and supplies for horticultural operations. The pet cemetery serves as the resting place for Klein Family pets.
This 1840s log cabin was moved to the property from nearby Brownsboro, Kentucky, in the 1970s. It was used to house nursery workers for the Klein Nursery. Fully rehabilitated and upgraded in 2016, the Cabin now serves as the center of our children's education programs and was recently christened - Children in the Dell World Headquarters!.