Announcements October 4, 2019

Transforming a Former Municipal Landfill into Waterfront Botanical Gardens

Phase 1 of Louisville, Kentucky’s newest outdoor amenity opens to the public today
The Graeser Family Education Center and plaza are now open for the public to enjoy.

The Waterfront Botanical Gardens—a former landfill site redesigned by our team into 24 acres of lush, verdant, sustainable public space—opens today in Louisville, Kentucky. Opening ceremonies include a ribbon-cutting and the inauguration of the Graeser Family Education Center and plaza. The full landscape and gardens are scheduled to open in Spring 2020.

The design of the Graeser Family Education Center and surrounding gardens prioritizes wellness and sustainability, and is intended to engage visitors in conservation from entry to exit. It’s nestled among native plants with easy access to the outdoor plaza, is geothermally heated, and provides abundant daylight. The project will also feature a sustainability garden that includes edible, native, and nectar-producing plants that attract pollinators, and an on-site storm water treatment and collection system.

“We are building a world-class botanical garden, and design is very important to our success, which is why we selected Perkins&Will. The organic design of the first building in Phase 1 has inspired the community and donors, alike.”

Kasey Maier, President, Waterfront Botanical Gardens

The hard work of many stakeholders, staff, community members, and volunteers has helped make the Botanical Gardens a reality.
Two dozen acres of verdant outdoor space are scheduled to open in the spring.
The full landscape and gardens will attract native pollinators.
Zan Stewart, Bryan Schabel, and Matthew Kuhl from our project team attended the ribbon cutting.
Fun fact: Zan and Matthew are both native Louisvillians!