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

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…


sips & seeds

Saturday, Apr. 6, 11am-2pm

Falls City Brewery

901 E Liberty St, Louisville, KY 40204 

Come on down to the Cultivators’ 3rd annual Sips & Seeds, this year at the Falls City Brewery Taproom.

Learn about the Waterfront Botanical Gardens project and the progress in progress on the Graeser Family Education Center, which is set to open this October!

Chat with local garden(ing) enthusiasts and partake in mini-terrarium making.

We’ll have FREE PLANTS AND SEEDS while supplies last:
-Outdoor/Patio Garden Seeds
-Outdoor/Patio Garden Plant Starts
-House plant starts and succulents

Falls City beers, a full bar, and $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys

Tell your friends (And bring them too!)

We’ll see you there!


The Cultivators tour yew dell

Saturday, May 18, 2-3pm (social time at 3rd Turn Brewery to follow at 3:30pm)

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Join the Cultivators for a private tour of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood. The tour will focus on the garden’s history, events, programs, and operations. Yew Dell’s Nursery Manager, Jacob Stidham, will also give the group a sneak peek of the new nursery! At 3:30, the Cultivators welcome anyone to head over to 3rd Turn Brewery for some great local beer, fantastic food, and a chance to learn more about the Cultivators of WBG. 

RSVP REQUIRED for the Yew Dell tour, 3rd Turn open to all


** Please RSVP only if you intend to come, so that others who may want to are not denied a spot.


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