The Cultivators

The Cultivators are a group of young earth-lovers helping to build the Waterfront Botanical Gardens for Louisville and Southern Indiana. Conceived in January 2016, this group is joining together on the principles of environmental education, sustainability, and strengthening cultural life in our hometown. The Cultivators Council operates under the umbrella of Botanica Inc. and Waterfront Botanical Gardens.


Our Purpose

The purpose of the WBG Cultivators is to assist in the development and building of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens through the following activities with individuals in the 35 and under age group:

– Fundraising
– Raising awareness
– Encouraging membership among members of the community
– Educational programs
– Volunteer activities

Cultivators council

President – John Haley
Vice-President – Chad Tolbert
Treasurer – Brad Mackin

Events Director: Sarah Lambert
Marketing Director: Greg Ellis

Gabriella Gaona
Ian Herrick
Cody Mann
Chelsea Powell
Whitney Sewell
Josh Shuck

Upcoming Cultivators Events



WBG site, Frankfort Ave & River Rd

Come get your flow on every first Saturday of the month (excluding May and June* which are the second Saturday) outdoors on the site of the future Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Presented by The Cultivators, in partnership with The Inner Warrior. Classes feature different yoga styles and are suitable for all skill levels. Please dress accordingly and BYOM (bring your own mat). FREE, donations encouraged

2017 Dates (all Saturdays at 10:00, unless otherwise stated):

May 13*

June 10*

July 1

August 5

September 2

October 7


Saturday, September 16, 12-3pm

WBG Site, Frankfort Ave & River Rd

Join the Cultivators for Waterfront Botanical Gardens and other guests for the First Annual Homebrew Fair, part of the much anticipated Groundbreaking weekend festivities. Compete in the homebrew contest, check out vendors, learn about the agriculture and craftsmanship of brewing beer, and celebrate the brewing culture here in the local community. Admission $10

Register as a homebrew participant here

Questions about commercial beer/becoming a beer sponsor for the event ?


Joe Mandlehr


Questions about registering as a participant for the homebrew contest?


Todd Hudgens

Questions about becoming a vendor at the event?


Olivia Zoeller


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