The Cultivators

Conceived in January 2016, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens Cultivators is a young professionals group for earth-lovers who are interested in connecting with other like-minded friends on the principles of environmental education, sustainability, and strengthening cultural life in our hometown.



The Cultivators Council is the leadership group of the Cultivators and operates under the umbrella of Waterfront Botanical Gardens. The goal of the Council is to promote and advocate for the Waterfront Botanical Gardens project within a younger demographic through monthly, consistent, and free touch-base events with a focus on education, conservation, community, and fun.

Interested in becoming a leader by joining the Cultivators Council? Email Allison Whitehouse at to learn more.

2021 Cultivators council


President – Wilson Ethington

Vice President – Tonya Record

Secretary – Becca Hagerty


Events Council Members

Nonprofit Partner Committee Chair – Chad Tolbert

WBG Volunteer Committee Chair – Todd Hudgens

Events Committee Chair – Nicole Humphrey

Social Media Coordinator – Brandon Harwood


Upcoming Cultivators Events

Second Saturday Workdays

Main WBG Site – 1435 Frankfort Ave

Feb. 20 (CANCELLED due to inclement weather)

Mar. 13

Apr. 10

May 8

June 12


On the second Saturdays of the month from 10am-12pm, the Cultivators of WBG help the horticulture team with a project at the site. This could include mulching, removing invasive species, weeding, or any other outdoor task.
Please dress for the weather and working outdoors. Closed-toe shoes only. Bring garden/work gloves and a water.
Please maintain appropriate physical distance while working.
Tasks are rain or shine unless the weather is very, very bad.
Wednesday, Apr. 14
West 6th NuLu – 819 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
7-9pm (questions begin at 7pm, earlier arrival is advised)
Join the Cultivators at West 6th in NuLu for assorted general knowledge trivia (and banter!) with hosts Allison Whitehouse and Brandon Harwood.
6 people per team (though $1 to the Cult jar for each additional player might convince us otherwise…)
Surprise giveaways and prizes!
Answers will be submitted virtually, which we will explain that evening, so as to avoid unnecessary pens, paper, and touching. We still want to be as safe as possible in a group setting.
Tell your friends!
Come have fun with us!

Saturday, May 15


Waterfront Botanical Gardens

FREE ($10 suggested donation, preregistration required to pick up plants)


Come on out for the Cultivators’ annual Sips & Seeds extravaganza, for the first time ever at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens site!

Hang out with fellow green enthusiasts, enjoy a refreshing beverage from Apocalypse among the flowers, peruse booths from partner organizations, and walk away with a few free plants (such as Dark Purple Opal Basil, Heirloom Brandywine Tomatoes, Giant Pink Zinnias, and Blue Lobelias…to name a few)

Pre-registration is REQUIRED to receive plants, as they will run out! Registrants can receive up to FIVE plants.

Follow the ticket link to reserve your plant pickup slot.

Show your QR code to the plant attendees at the booth when you arrivein order to obtain your plants.

PLEASE NOTE! We cannot take special orders or reservations for plants — what is available is what is available at any given time slot.

Register on Eventbrite


As a Cultivator, you’ll have opportunities to join fellow team members in after-work soirees, seasonal events involving the garden site, volunteer opportunities specifically for Cultivators, and serving as an ambassador to the greater Louisville community.

To join, use the link below and fill out our membership form.

Become a Cultivator