Review of Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, KY By: Jeanette

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We recently were able to visit Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, KY. Now you may be thinking I must be a little crazy to take my 2 year old and 6 month old, but what 2 year old does not like a castle, Secret Garden, or roaming around the Serpentine Garden? It’s a great place to let imaginations run wild and maybe even have a pretend tea party (or real) with your children at a table hidden amongst the plants. You enter through a restored red tobacco barn which also houses a glass enclosed gift shop. Yew Dell Gardens is a place that needs a visit each season because it does not stay the same. If you enjoy plants, trees, and flowers this is definitely a place to check out. You can learn and see for yourself what grows well in this area in all the seasons to give you some ideas for your own yard. They also have an annual plant and garden sale right before the Kentucky Derby. Some other events that they host includes: Third Thursday Concert Series, Slow Food School of Tradition Cooking, and Boo Dell which is coming up on Oct. 30. Boo Dell is a fright free trick-or-treating with Mr. Magic. This would be a great opportunity to check out the gardens for only $5 for parking! We will be giving away a free parking pass…so keep checking back to find out more!
The gardens are stroller friendly for the most part and easy to navigate around with bathrooms onsite. They have a few picnic tables and benches around too for picnic lunches or snacks. Be sure to check out their website for additional garden descriptions, hours, admission prices, and directions.

Who knows who you’ll meet there, as we had the opportunity to meet Theodore Klein’s (founder of Yew Dell) daughter and granddaughter who were busy working in the gardens. They told us stories about growing up swimming in the ‘cement pond’ with the cows coming up to watch and all the hard work ‘Papa”, as they referred to him, put into the gardens and building the castle which was the pool house.

I noticed this quote on the castle, “Time is – too long to those who mourn, too short to those who laugh, but to those who LOVE time is eternity.” I think this sums up what Yew Dell can offer. If you need a quiet place, a place to chit chat, or to hang out with those you love while smelling flowers and other plants around you – this is the place.

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