Graeser Family Education Center rendering
Waterfront Botanical Gardens is among 21 gardens being featured in Washington, D.C. Shown is a rendering of the forthcoming Graeser Family Education Center, scheduled to open in October. | Courtesy of Waterfront Botanical Gardens

Waterfront Botanical Gardens doesn’t even technically exist yet, but it is included in an exhibit in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Botanic Garden titled “Celebrating New American Gardens.”

The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 15, is being featured at the American Public Gardens Association Conference, which is underway at the U.S. Garden’s conservatory in Washington.

Waterfront Botanical Gardens, in Phase 1 of construction, is one of 21 new, forthcoming gardens and recently renovated municipal gardens from across the U.S. to be featured. The exhibit contains photos, landscape designs, project descriptions and the backstory of each one.

The Kentucky Business Council will hold a reception in honor of Waterfront Botanical Gardens June 19 at the UPS Townhouse in Washington, with council chairman and U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, state Senator Julie Raque Adams, Waterfront Botanical Gardens President Kasey Maier and other guests.

Photo of Kasey Maier
Kasey Maier

“We thought it was important to get these Kentucky corporations and politicians to realize we’re on display” as part of “Celebrating New American Gardens,” Maier told Insider. “We feel we’re an important project for Kentucky, and they understand that, too.”

Gardens included in the exhibit range from New Orleans Botanical Garden in Louisiana to Green Bay Botanical Garden in Wisconsin. Others include the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the San Diego Zoo, to the botanic gardens in Chicago, Denver and Portland.

The U.S. Botanic Garden honors such gardens as “living creations” that shift based on seasonal ebb and flow.

“Gardens are always changing – with the seasons, with emerging gardening trends, and with their communities,” Saharah Moon Chapotin, U.S. Botanic Garden executive director, said in a news release. “We are excited to feature these new gardens and showcase the diversity and beauty of modern garden projects.”

Renderings of Waterfront Botanical Garden will remain on display through the end of the exhibit.

Maier said inclusion in the exhibit came through the botanical garden’s membership in the American Public Garden Association.

“They knew we’re an up-and-coming garden,” Maier said. “They get our vision. They’re not a tough sell.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and workshops, lectures, tours and other programming related to the exhibit will be offered through the end of its run.

The Waterfront Botanical Gardens is being constructed on a 23-acre former landfill site at the intersection of Frankfort Avenue and River Road. A grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Kevin Gibson
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