Yew Dell is an internationally-recognized center of gardening, plants and education, all offered in a stunning site of significant historical importance. Originally the home, gardens and commercial nursery of the late Theodore Klein and his family, Yew Dell now offers the public exceptional display gardens, an ambitious slate of education programs and community events, ongoing garden plant research, hiking trails and event rental opportunities.

Yew Dell is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Preservation Partner Project of the Garden Conservancy, a national non-profit dedicated to saving the nation’s most exceptional gardens.


    • Our primary fundraiser, Twilight in the Gardens, is virtual this year! Auction goes live Friday, September 18th and the virtual event is on Friday, September 25th. Click here to learn more.
    • Annual Fall Plant Sale: Wednesday and Thursday, October 7th-8th. Click here to learn more.
  • Nature is still in session and here at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, we are gearing up for an exciting fall season. Check out our class schedule here.

Visit our Classes and Events.


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Kickin®️Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Lavender’) really does kick aster. It’s a bushy, compact plant that grows only about 18-24” tall and is covered in soft lavender flowers with a bright yellow center. Unlike other types of old-fashioned asters that tend to flop, this one grows upright, making it a very attractive plant in the garden.

We love this perennial plant as much as the bees do.

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New Twilight Auction Item donated by Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs

ProvenWinners®️ ColorChoice®️ has generously given us a few new plants to add to the auction block. Most of the items will not be on the market until 2021, making this the only chance you’ll have to get them this year. All of the Proven Winners®️ ColorChoice®️ selections will ship directly from Proven Winners to the winning bidder, so you can bid even if you do not live in Louisville! All of their selections are in the trees and shrubs category in our online auction.

1. Invincible Garnetta Hydrangea arborescens- Smooth hydrangea collection

2. Collection of Sunshine Blue II Caryopteris ‘Bluebird’

3. Kodiak Orange Diervilla Bush Honeysuckle

Link to bid: one.bidpal.net/twilight2020/welcome
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Our first harvest of marigolds for our friends at Anchal Project 🌿

Did YEW know... we have a natural dye garden? The marigolds growing in the garden beds behind our log cabin are grown and tended by Yew Dell staff and volunteers. Once they are harvested and dried, we share them with our friends at Anchal Project, who produce natural, plant-based dyes. Anchal’s dyeScape project then uses naturally dyed fabrics to create beautiful fashion and household items sold to support their mission.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is one of several locations of Anchal Project’s natural dye gardens.
Extracting and dyeing fabrics with natural, plant-based dyes eliminates the use of harsh chemicals and protects our water supply. Together we are raising awareness about eco-friendly, sustainable practices.

Community collaboration is beautiful!
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Twilight Auction item donated by Chicago Botanic Garden

Rosularia plattyphylla - Rosularia

This wonderful little hardy succulent is a great pocket groundcover or trough plant for the sunny garden. Best in soil with good drainage, it will make a low mat of succulent rosettes. Easy to propagate by offsets. White flowers form on short stalks in late spring/early summer. Fun to grow and share with friends. Donated by the Chicago Botanic Garden. 3 plants in pint pots.

This item can ship!

Plants from Chicago Botanic Garden came from our friend Phil Douglas: “Over the past three years, I have led expeditions to Azerbaijan twice, the Republic of Georgia, Japan, and Romania. We also conduct a great deal of collecting work here in the United States.”
Phil invited us to send staff to CBG and bring home a van load of specialties he's brought back from his recent explorations.

Thank you to our friends at CBG for the wonderful plants in our auction!

Want this cool plant in your own home garden? Follow this link to bid: one.bidpal.net/twilight2020/welcome 🌿
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