The planned focus of Phase 1B is an expansion that will include the Beargrass Creek Overlook, the Woodland Garden along the creek, the Entry Garden along Frankfort Avenue and the promenade’s Tree Allee and Trellis.

Entry Garden

Entry Garden

Guests will enter the garden on Frankfort Avenue, just south of the Founders’ Garden at the Heigold Façade. Visitors will be able to park their cars on the west end of the gardens, taking a woodland path up the hill to the garden entrance at the Visitors Center. A driveway and entrance plaza will enable guests to be dropped off at the main building. Bike paths from River Road and the bike trail along Beargrass Creek ensure bike riders and pedestrians can easily access the site. As visitors journey up the hill, they will experience the unique feeling of going off to explore a very special place.

Beargrass Creek Overlook

Beargrass Creek Overlook

The Beargrass Creek Overlook is surrounded by the Exploration Woodlands and will provide up-close views of the tree canopy in the area. Guests will also be treated to glimpses of turtles, herons and other wildlife gathering along Beargrass Creek.

Outdoor Space

Outdoor Space

Additional garden space that will be added as part of this phase include the garden’s Promenade, the major path that will connect the Visitor Center to the Beargrass Creek Overlook, the Tree Allee, an event lawn, and the Meadow Gardens.

Future Phase



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