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’ development and upcoming opening 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.

2019 Cultivators council


President – Nicole Humphrey

Vice President – John Haley


Events Council Members

Wilson Ethington – Chelsea Grant – Brandon Harwood – Todd Hudgens – James Padgett – Tonya Record – Josh Shuck – Chad Tolbert – Tom Wilburn


Upcoming Cultivators Events

volunteer day with olmsted parks

Saturday, July 27, 10am-12pm (assemble at 9:45am)

Carnegie Library Building

600 E. Oak St, Louisville KY 40203

Olmsted Parks needs our help to clean up and perform landscape maintenance (weeding, pruning, mulching) at Shelby Park.

Dress for outdoor work, closed-toe shoes only. Tools and bags will be provided. There will be water and light snacks, but feel free to bring anything you might like to have. We will try to proceed rain or shine, barring thunder and lightning or a complete downpour.

You can park in the small parking lot accessed from the alley on the Clay St side, or on any adjacent streets to the park – Oak, Clay, or Jackson.

Volunteer waivers will be on site for you to sign so that you can participate.

Please sign up on our form below so we have an idea of how many people are coming.


Cultivators hard hat tour

Thursday, August 1, 6-7pm

WBG Site

1435 Frankfort Ave, Louisville KY 40206

Join the Cultivators of WBG for a special, up-close look at the construction of the Graeser Family Education Center, opening officially on October 4th this year.
Light refreshments provided.

Following the tour, the group will head to the Butchertown Social to hang out.

FREE to attend. RSVP REQUIRED as space is limited



WEDNESDAY TRIVIA with the cultivators

Select Wednesdays in 2019, 7-9pm

Falls City Brewery

901 E Liberty St, Louisville, KY 40204 

Dust off your thinking caps and join the Cultivators for quarterly(ish) trivia from 7-9pm with hosts Allison Whitehouse and Brandon Harwood.
Dates and Deets:
W, Feb. 27
W, Jun. 26
W, Aug. 28
W, Nov. 20

– Max of 6 players per team
– No fee to participate, but any little seeds you’d like to plant in our donation jar will happily be accepted for the cause
– $1 from beers sold during the event comes back to WBG, so show love to us by showing love to our host Falls City
– GENERAL TRIVIA, rounds will be organized by topic and one round per night will have some sort of “green” theme

So come play with us!
We think you’ll really DIG it…


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