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.

2020 Cultivators council


President – Chad Tolbert

Vice President – Nicole Humphrey

Secretary – Brooke Gorbandt


Events Council Members

Wilson Ethington – Brandon Harwood – Todd Hudgens – Jason Kyle – James Padgett – Tonya Record – Tom Wilburn


Upcoming Cultivators Events

Saturday, Jan. 25
FREE, RSVP required
MEET AT: Rugby Field (aka Frisbee Field) on the Scenic Loop near Cochran Hill Rd
Join the Cultivators and Olmsted Parks for an interpretive hike through the Cherokee Park trails.
Learn how to identify trees, shrubs, and other plants, even in the middle of winter. If we see any trash on the ground, we can also be good stewards and pick that up too!




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