New attraction to add life to former landfill site
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 23, 2009) – Leaders of Botanica, a non-profit founded in 1993, joined Mayor Jerry Abramson and hospitality officials today to kick-off a fundraising campaign to build The Louisville Botanical Garden & Conservatory. Working with Mayor and city leaders, the organization plans to raise funds to construct the gardens at Frankfort Avenue and River Road, atop a former landfill located within close proximity to Downtown Louisville and adjacent to Waterfront Park.
The Louisville Botanical Garden & Conservatory is the vision of Botanica, a non-profit horticultural organization that for over 15 years has been Louisville’s leading source of horticultural education programs for the public and gardening community. The proposed vision for this “green space” will include a wide variety of exterior landscapes and impressive year-round, multi-story, indoor display of gardens in a conservatory setting, along with educational resources for schoolchildren and gardeners, interactive displays and exhibits, a presentation auditorium, visitor amenities, greenhouse galleries, a butterfly house and more. The proposed designation of the 20-acre site at River Road and Frankfort represents one more step in bringing this vision to life.