A bride and groom dip in front of the castle of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Looking for a Fairytale venue? Yew Dell Botanical Gardens it is!

Picture saying “I do” surrounded by lush gardens and blooming flowers, or dancing the night away under the stars. With its enchanting beauty and romantic atmosphere, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is where your happily ever after begins.

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Address: 6220 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014

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Why We Recommend Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

With ethereal photo ops everywhere you look, we cannot recommend Yew Dell Botanical Gardens more! The ability to feel like a portion of your day is held within a European, this magical place is wonderful for anyone wanting to feel like they’ve been transported across the pond even though their right here in Kentucky. With compassionate employees willing to help make your day perfect, we adore this venue.

The History of Yew Dell

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has a rich history, dating all the way back to 1941 when Theodore and Martha Lee Klein purchased farmland to establish their home and nursery. They cultivated a successful nursery specializing in ornamental plants. Theodore is renowned for introducing over 60 new varieties to the region. 

Following Theodore’s passing in 1998, community efforts saved the land from being developed and successfully preserved the property, leading to its designation as a historic site. Since its transformation into a botanical garden in 2002, Yew Dell has flourished, offering diverse horticultural displays, research, and education. 

After 2002, it has served as a popular event venue ranging from weddings, corporate events, and community gatherings. The venue’s picturesque landscapes and historic buildings have made it nothing short of amazing. In fact, in 2010 Yew Dell Botanical Gardens was named by Horticulture Magazine as one of the Nation’s Top Destination Gardens.

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Event Spaces within Yew Dell 

Trust us, we know picking your wedding venue is difficult, but if you go with Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, the only difficult thing will be choosing from the nine equally gorgeous spaces on the property! The good news — all nine buildings and spaces are included in your rental! 

We’ve seen the flow of the day executed many different ways, and there isn’t a right or wrong approach! Let’s talk about a few of the fan favorite spaces used for ceremonies, cocktail hour, and receptions.

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Yew Dell Castle

Have you always wanted to live out your prince or princess dreams? If so, saying “I do” and having your happily ever after take place in a castle is a real possibility for you. This small stone castle will transport you out of Louisville, and straight into a fairytale.

If you’re having a small wedding, ideally 40 people or less, you could absolutely pull off having your ceremony here. If you aren’t having a small wedding, don’t fret, the castle can also serve as your getting ready suite. Fun fact, this space was originally built by the Klein family in the 50’s to serve as their pool house.

(P.S. The castle is unavailable for 2024 due to construction taking place on the castle gardens, but is rumored to be back up and running in 2025.)

The Event Lawn

An “event lawn” may not sound luxurious, but trust us, it’ll knock your socks off. The Event Lawn, also known as Holly Allée, is by far the most picturesque location at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. This noteworthy row of holly trees creates a breathtaking path that leads to a serene area surrounded by picture-book blooming gardens. 

C’mon, this is straight out of a story book. If your guest list is running under 300, then this space should be juuuust right.

The Peyton Samuel Head Trust Pavilion

The Peyton Samuel Head Trust Pavilion is a small but beautiful space that can hold up to 50 guests. There is an overlook deck that can be used for a cocktail hour but could easily be used for an intimate reception as well. This pavilion is combined with the Gheens Barn and Stone Terrace with a perfect indoor/outdoor ratio. The Peyton Samual Head Trust Pavilion would be perfect for all seasons and weather conditions.

Gheens Barn 

Gheens Barn can host up to 75 guests and the inside is one you have to see with your own eyes. The walls of the barn are exposed wood beams that slant to an arch and meet in the center, which gives the room an extra warm and romantic feel. This space can also be used as a ceremony or cocktail hour, so depending on the time of year, this could be a great indoor option.

The Stone Terrace

Located directly below the Peyton Samuel Head Trust Pavilion, the Stone Terrace could be where you kick things off with cocktail hour, or maybe where you dance the night away during your reception. There’s a lot of possibilities in this 50’ x 50’ square as this area can comfortably fit 50 seated guests. 

With strung market lights overhead and the dazzling sight of Yew Dell’s pollinator meadow in view, you’ll be sure to soak in the enchanting atmosphere on your big day.

Mary F. Rounsavall Pavilion

Last but not least, there’s the Mary F. Rounsavall Pavilion, which has a capacity of 250 seated guests. This is the reception space you want for large weddings! The pavilion has roll-down fabric sides, with expansive garden views all around. This space looks incredible whether you’re on the inside or outside of it. Although it’s large, the surrounding gardens make the space still feel intimate and cozy. Like Hannah Montana once said, you get the best of both worlds!

Are you still not getting a full picture of what Yew Dell brings to the table? Check out this virtual tour for a visual aid, link here.

Yew Dell Botanical Garden Amenities 

Besides the gorgeous atmosphere and scenery, a few great things that come along with your rental package include:

  • A one-year membership to Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
  • Complimentary 48” and 60” round tables
  • Complimentary 6’ and 8’ rectangle tables
  • 2 bourbon barrel bars with a beautiful wood slab top
  • Strung market lights over the Stone Terrace space

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Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Pricing

2024 Rental of Grounds with Rounsavall Pavilion: $8,000 + 6% sales tax
2024 Rental of Grounds without Rounsavall Pavilion: $5,700 +  6% sales tax

2025 Rental of Grounds with Rounsavall Pavilion: $8,300 + 6% sales tax
2025 Rental of Grounds without Rounsavall Pavilion: $6,000 + 6% sales tax

Damage Deposit: $1,000

*Additional fees may apply for weddings and elopements with more than 350 guests*

2024 Elopement package: $500 + 6% sales tax

The elopement package is available Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM- 4PM for 3 hours. The elopement package includes any location in the gardens or the grounds outside of any buildings. The ceremony must be standing only.

Interested in eloping in Kentucky. Read our guide HERE.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Photography Policy:

Evident from the photos above, Yew Dell Botanical Garden is clearly committed to horticultural excellence and has a reputation to uphold. The photography policy is in place at the venue to protect the natural beauty that is Yew Dell Gardens.

Here’s a few rules that you and your photographer should be aware of:

  • Standing in any garden beds is strictly prohibited
  • Cutting of any leaves, stems, fruit, branches, or flowers is prohibited
  • Changing outfits must be done in a bathroom
  • Drones and vehicles are not permitted on the grounds
  • Unless permission is granted or it is a designated Yew Dell pet friendly day, dogs and other pets are prohibited (excluding service animals).

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