Architecture Old and New

The original buildings that still grace Yew Dell’s grounds were created by Theodore Klein between the early 1940s and 1980s and have been painstakingly brought back to shining condition. Added to this unique collection are the stunning new architectural projects that were added to the property since the inception of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. These projects emerged from a partnership between Yew Dell staff, board members and the Louisville architectural firm of deLeon and Primmer Architecture Workshop. Garnering top design honors from the Kentucky chapter of the American Institute of Architects and recognition from near and far, they continue Yew Dell’s long-standing tradition of outstanding design.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Tobacco Barn
Visitor Center

The Visitor’s Center is housed in a repurposed tobacco barn. One of the original Klein farm buildings, the tobacco barn was used to dry tobacco for a number of years. It was also used for various other farm purposes such as equipment storage. In 2005 the barn was completely refurbished and in 2010 it was rechristened as the Yew Dell Visitor’s Center with the addition of the Gift Shop.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Gift Shop
Garden Gift Shop

Designed by the Louisville firm of deLeon and Primmer Architecture Workshop and located inside of the barn, the Shop handles admission, membership sales, class registration, and shop sales. Our staff are happy to provide visitors with an introduction to the grounds and answer general Yew Dell questions.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Castle

Originally built as the Klein family’s pool house, the fieldstone construction carries the same theme as the house and numerous stone walls around the property. The Castle has a small working kitchen and central room that can be rented for meetings, retreats, and special events.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - House

Built by Theodore Klein between 1947 and 1949, the Cotswolds-styled house was the main residence of the Klein family. The turned cherry banisters, inlaid hardwood flooring and other details were crafted by Klein. Today, the house serves as the primary administrative offices for Yew Dell.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Gheens Barn Architecture
Gheens Barn

The Barn originally served two purposes: the upper level was used for hay storage and the lower level had stalls for livestock. The barn was strategically built into the hillside so that both levels could be accessed from ground level. In 2005 the Barn was renovated with support from the Gheens Foundation and others. It currently serves as an education facility for lectures and workshops.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Mary Rounsavall Pavilion
Mary F. Rounsavall Event Pavilion

Opened in spring 2016, this new facility greatly expands Yew Dell’s capacity for rental events, community festivals and Yew Dell programming. With event seating for more than 300 guests, roll-down, fabric sides, integrated lighting and stunning gardens and views all around, it is the perfect place to host a special event. The new facility was named in honor of Yew Dell’s long-serving board president who has been so instrumental in Yew Dell’s early success.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Hort Center
Preston T. Ormsby Horticulture Center

Originally built by Theodore Klein to serve as a potting shed for the young nursery, this building was completely upgraded in 2013 to serve as the headhouse for the new greenhouse facility and the nerve center of Yew Dell’s horticultural operations.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Rock House
Rock House

This stone-faced building was originally used as a loading dock for the Klein Nursery operation. It is now used for storage for event materials. Its stone façade and slate-covered roof make it unmistakably a Klein Yew Dell original.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Corn Crib
Corn Crib

A utilitarian building originally used to store grain for the Klein Farm livestock, it is now used to store equipment and supplies for horticultural operations. The pet cemetery serves as the resting place for Klein Family pets.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Log Cabin
Log Cabin

This 1840s log cabin was moved to the property from nearby Brownsboro, Kentucky. It was used to house nursery workers for the Klein Nursery. Fully rehabilitated and upgraded in 2016, the Cabin now serves as the center of our children’s education programs and was recently christened “Children in the Dell World Headquarters”.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Greenhouse
Mary Peabody and Henry Fitzhugh Greenhouse

The new greenhouse facility was opened in 2014 to serve as a center for education, plant propagation and production. The facility is powered, heated, and cooled by a solar and geothermal system that, during the summer months, produces excess energy that is sent back to the public energy grid. The north roof is covered with a green roof system containing more than 30 different types of plants. The greenhouse is open to the public. Plants in the greenhouse are not for sale.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Peyton Samuel Head Trust
Peyton Samuel Head Trust Pavilion

The Peyton Samuel Head Trust Pavilion was designed by deLeon & Primmer Architecture Workshop and was built in 2005 along with the renovation of the Gheens Barn. The pavilion houses public restrooms, a space for food preparation, and an overlook event deck. Both the Barn and Pavilion are available for weddings and other rental events.