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.
From buildings to gardens to trees, you can sponsor individual features that will be included in Phase I of the Gardens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ENROLL IN THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
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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thank you to our current foundation, corporate and governmental partners:
Breakthrough Beverage Group (In Memory of Libby Brown)
Community Foundation of Southern Indiana
The Cralle Foundation
Gardner Foundation, Inc.
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)
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