Waterfront Botanical Gardens

A nonprofit organization


Waterfront Botanical Gardens is transforming a degraded landscape - the former Ohio Street Dump - into an urban oasis for all. 

Located just beyond downtown Louisville, the Gardens are in the early stages of developing our 23-acre property. The Gardens opened to the public in 2019, and year-round we offer 100+ Adult Education programs, 50+ Youth Education programs, and we are FREE to visit all year long. 

Everything we do is focused on educating, inspiring, and enhancing appreciation of the relationship between plant life and a healthy environment. 

Who We Are

The Waterfront Botanical Gardens are located on 23-acres just east of downtown Louisville. To date, the Graeser Family Education Center and the Helen Harrigan gardens are completed and work on the classroom complex and Beargrass Creek Pathway is in progress. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we closed to the public in mid-March.

Our mission is to cultivate urban botanical gardens that educate, inspire and enhance appreciation of the relationship between plant life and a healthy environment. Our vision is to plant seeds and grow minds for more sustainable cities.

The purpose of WBG is to teach people of all ages how to take care of the planet and adopt healthy lifestyles through physical activity and learning about plants, plants as food, and hpw plants clean soil, water, and air.

Organization Data


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Waterfront Botanical Gardens

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PO Box 5056
Louisville, KY 40255