Spring Cleaning

Yew Dell Gardens
spruces up for a new season

The popular concert series
at the gardens will begin in April

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (April 2011) – At Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Ky., spring is in the air and landscape cleanup work has begun. Several volunteer groups recently helped prepare the grounds just in time for the premier of the third annual Concert Series.

Eagle Scouts

Photo provided

Local area Boy Scouts, college
students and community volunteers
help with the cleanup efforts.

Beginning in March, “the second Saturday of every month is volunteer day,” said Siofra Rucker, Director of Marketing and Development for Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. On March 12, more than 20 Boy Scouts, 40 students from John Carroll University in Dayton, Ohio, and a several community volunteers cleared trails and built a bridge, just to name a few projects that were completed.
Through the efforts of Langdon Johnson, who was working on an Eagle Scout project, a local troupe of Boy Scouts volunteered for community service.
From the community, Yew Dell “has over 250 volunteers,” Rucker said. The annual cleanup day was an opportunity for these volunteers to “work with Executive Director Paul Cappiello, a nationally recognized leader in the field.”

Third Thursday
Concert Series

• April 21: Harry Pickens Trio
• May 29: Appalatin
• June 16: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
• July 21: Bourbon Baroque
• Aug. 18: Bourbon Baroque
• Sept. 15: Harry Pickens Trio
• Oct. 20: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
• Nov. 17: Cheyenne Marie Mize
• Tickets: $20 members; $25 nonmembers
• Information: (502) 241-4788 or visit: www.YewDellGardens.org.

Volunteers can now sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor when the Third Thursday Concert Series begins April 21 at Yew Dell Gardens, located at 6220 Old La Grange Rd. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., this popular series kicks off with music from the Harry Pickens Trio. The Trio performs selections from classical, jazz, popular and world music genres.
The series is comprised of eight concerts and has been “very popular and increased in the number of performances and types of concerts,” said Rucker. Reservations are required as seating is limited to just over 100 seats per concert in the Gheens Barn.
This year’s lineup will include a variety of music: bluegrass, classical, folk, jazz, Latin and rock. Rucker said a new local band will be featured in May – Appalatin. “We try to have the most popular performers from the previous years and mix it up a bit.”
Visitors can arrive early for a cash bar and picnic on the grounds if they wish to do so by bringing their own food or pre-ordering a boxed dinner from the Red Pepper Deli in Crestwood.
The purpose of the Third Thursday Concert Series is to introduce Yew Dell to individuals who do not realize it is in the community and sponsors such diverse events, said Rucker.

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