Learn more about the believers of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Their love of gardens and community helped to lay the foundation for a place where future generations can learn, grow, and experience the wonders of nature.

Donate to Support the Gardens



Designed by the world-renowned Shiro Nakane, help us make the Japanese Gardens at WBG a reality.

Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500,000 by the Graeser Family.




Sponsorship Opportunities:
From buildings to gardens to trees, you can sponsor individual features that will be included in Phase I of the Gardens.

Phase 1 Sponsorships


We have raised over $16 million in support of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens.

The Graeser Family Education Center is the first building of Louisville’s gardens. At the heart of our educational programming, this flexible space will be the perfect home for field trips by schoolchildren, conference speakers, flower shows, and other special events.

We’ve come a long way, but our work is not yet complete.

Will you help us continue the momentum? By making a donation today, your support will play a direct role in making our community’s dream a reality. Building this first piece of the gardens will be possible only through the generous support of people like you.

Give Today

Buy a Brick

You can show your support for the future gardens by making a donation to our Buy a Brick campaign. We currently have bricks available in the Beargrass Creek Pathway. If your brick is a gift, let us know and we can include a gift acknowledgement with your thank you letter that you can send to the recipient.

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Have you considered including the gardens in your estate plans? Become a member of the Legacy Society. While there are several approaches, one of the simplest is to make a bequest by including a gift to the Waterfront Botanical Gardens in your will. If you have questions about planned giving, please contact us.




You can honor a friend or family member by making a donation in their memory. Memorial gifts are a wonderful way to establish a link with the past and promote a vision for the future.


Donate Stock

Gifts of Stock or Securities

Some donors prefer to support the botanical garden effort by donating stock instead of writing a check. With careful planning, you may be able to reduce capital gains tax while supporting our work. Please contact us for more information.

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Support us as you shop! WBG receives a percentage each time you use your Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card. Register it below with our non-profit number 24032.


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Support WBG while you shop with your eligible purchases on Amazon. Follow the link below to select us as your beneficiary organization.

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thank you to our current foundation, corporate and governmental partners:

Breakthrough Beverage Group (In Memory of Libby Brown)
Brown-Forman Corporation

Clifton Foundation

Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

The Cralle Foundation

Gardner Foundation, Inc.
Gheens Foundation

Horseshoe Foundation
Jones Family Fund

Kentucky Department of Local Government

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Lee and Elizabeth Davis Fund

Lewis and Gladys Bass Family Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Lift a Life Foundation

Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LGE & KU)

Louisville Water Foundation

Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)

Norton Foundation

The Ogle Foundation
Owsley Brown II Family Foundation
Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation
Republic Bank Foundation

Robert B. and Elise W. Lykins Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Roth Family Foundation

Sam Shine Foundation
Sam Swope Family Foundation

Samtec Cares Grant Program

Skylight Woods Fund
Snowy Owl Foundation

V.V. Cooke Foundation

William E. Barth Foundation

Is your business or organization interested in supporting the Waterfront Botanical Gardens? Contact President, Kasey Maier at kmaier@waterfrontgardens.org for questions and inquiries.