Nonprofit Spotlight | Waterfront Botanical Gardens

Waterfront Botanical Gardens
1435 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY  40206

Contact person:
Megan Bibelhauser, Director of Marketing and Communications

Please use 300 words or less to describe your agency and your impact on the community.

Waterfront Botanical Gardens is an urban botanical garden located minutes away from downtown Louisville and southern Indiana. Built upon a former landfill, the Gardens are a living museum that allows visitors to explore native and unique plant species while creating a deeper connection with nature. From Master Gardener to planting novice, the Gardens are here for all to enjoy. Admission is FREE, but as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Gardens rely on community support to grow. Of the complete 23-acre site, three acres have been developed. The Gardens offer adult and youth programming, special community events, event rental space, group tours, and more. Soon, Waterfront Botanical Gardens will simply be a part of growing up in Kentucky and southern Indiana!

Agency Mission Statement or Description: Our mission is to cultivate urban botanical gardens that educate, inspire, and enhance appreciation of the relationship between plant life and a healthy environment.

Year established: Waterfront Botanical Gardens opened to the public in 2019.

Counties/regions serviced: The Gardens are a local, regional, and national attraction.

Focus areas: Environment, Sustainability, Adult and Youth Education

Impact on community: Waterfront Botanical Gardens is a unique cultural institution that provides imaginative and engaging programming, events, and experiences as well as education and research. In 2022, we welcomed 40,000 visitors to the Gardens and provided education to nearly 3,000 youth and 1,600 adults.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help us grow! Whether you love getting down in the dirt or greeting guests with a smile, there’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved at the Gardens. Join our 300 active volunteers with hands-on gardening, education, community outreach, special events, administrative support, Garden Guiding, and more! Visit for information.

How 1si members can help your organization: We need your help to continue growing! 1si members can support the Gardens by donating, attending a class or special event, becoming a member, volunteering, or renting space at the Gardens for your next special event. If nothing else, please come visit – it’s free! Explore these opportunities at

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