LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville landfill has been transformed into a $60 million garden, and now it's about to open its doors for the first time.
After two decades of planning, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens is nearing completion.
"There were some stops and starts in the early 2000's, and it was really around probably 2009 that we started getting some momentum," Waterfront Botanical Gardens President, Kasey Maier said.
The venue includes beautiful flower gardens and a water wall overlooking the city.
"We are on historic neighborhood that was flooded, that became a city dump, that was then capped, and now we are reusing a brown field," Waterfront Botanical Gardens Horticulture and Education Director, Jamie Burghardt said.
Phase One of the development is scheduled to wrap up next week. That phase includes the Graeser Family Education Building, which will host a large event space, a kitchen and a conference room, as well as a pollinator garden and a native garden.
Later phases are expected to bring a visitors center, a restaurant, a conservatory and several other gardens, including a children's garden and Japanese Garden.
"It's pretty amazing," said Kasey Maier, president of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. "It really is pretty amazing. Two years ago, we broke ground. So it was a great day. It was a very exciting day. It was like, 'Wow, we're going to build this here!' And all of the sudden, we are in the building and opening."
The grand opening is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4. Click here for a link to a list of the opening week's festivities.
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