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Waterfront Botanical Gardens

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    1-2 hours

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    A Little Messy

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What to Expect:

The Waterfront Botanical Gardens site lies within the boundaries of one of Louisville’s oldest city areas, known as “The Point.” This area has seen dramatic changes over the years, beginning in the antebellum period, when Fulton Street was lined with summer homes of prosperous French families from New Orleans, who came north during the summer months to escape the heat. After disastrous flooding in the late 1800s and again in 1937, the area was turned into a city dump for building refuse from flood-damaged homes. After decades spent as the Ohio Street Dump, which was capped in 1973, the area is being redeveloped into an ecological haven. Phase 1 of the gardens has been completed and is a 23 acre haven including educational gardens around the Graeser Family Education Center, the Evergreen Tapestry, a pollinator meadow, edible garden and more.

For more information on the master plan for the gardens, hours and more visit: https://waterfrontgardens.org/

Question and Wonder:

  • What are pollinators? Why are they important?
  • How do you think a dump became a garden?
  • I wonder how many different kinds of plants we will see, smell…
  • I wonder what creatures we will see in the garden…

Imagine and Design:

  • If you were designing a garden, what would you put in it?
  • Who would visit?
  • How could you design a garden that was only for animals?

Test and Discuss:

  • What was your favorite part of the garden? Why did you like it?
  • What new things do you think they should add to the garden?
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