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Speaker Series Luncheon: Steve Bloom, The Allure of Japanese Gardens

October 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, October 8, 12:00-1:00pm

Non-Members: $25, WBG Members: $20

WBG Members use code WBGMEMBER at checkout to receive discount


Join us for a catered lunch and an informative talk with speakers on assorted topics.

This luncheon features:

“The Allure of Japanese Gardens: Japan’s Greatest Gift to the World”

Explore the many facets of Japanese gardens. These living works of art are often not understood by many Americans who visit — from their spiritual and social purposes and origins. The Japanese garden’s practical uses range from a lovely setting, to serving as venues for promoting the ideals of culture, craft, wellness, mutual understanding, and the pursuit of global peace. Invigorate yourself on the possibilities that the Waterfront Botanical Gardens will have when it embarks on the creation of its own Japanese Garden (Phase III of Master Plan).

Steve Bloom is the executive director of the Portland (Oregon) Japanese Garden. During his tenure, he has overseen tremendous growth. He oversaw the completion of a $37 million expansion of the Garden and facilities designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Steve also established an International Japanese Garden Training Center and has dramatically increased the Portland Japanese Garden’s national and international visibility and recognition. Interestingly, Steve began his career as an orchestra conductor.

Luncheon Series Sponsored by: PNC Bank


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Refund Policy

Although we are unable to refund registration fees in the case of cancellation by the purchaser, the paid registration can be transferred to another student. In this case, please notify Allison Whitehouse at awhitehouse@waterfrontgardens.org or 502-276-5404 with the name of who will attend in your place. Multi-event series cannot be transferred. In the event that Waterfront Botanical Gardens cancels a class for any reason (e.g. low enrollment, instructor unavailability, natural hazard, etc.), we will attempt to reschedule the class or event. If there is no reschedule, the purchaser will be issued a full refund. Refunds are issued by check only.

Emergency Cancellation

In the event of an emergency cancellation, the Gardens will contact registered students with a cancellation notice (always provide/maintain a current email address and phone number so that we may notify you of an emergency or cancellation). The Gardens will attempt to reschedule classes cancelled due to an emergency event if possible.



October 8, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Graeser Family Education Center
1435 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206 United States