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Yuko-en on the Elkhorn
Name:Yuko-en on the Elkhorn 



 
Alternate Name:Kentucky Japanese Garden; Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden 
Address:800 Cincinnati Pike 
Mailing Address: 
City:Georgetown 
State:Kentucky 
Postal Code:40324-8960 
Country:UNITED STATES 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=38.220921; long=-84.565009
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Weather:current weather 
Phone:+1.502.863.9097 
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Designer(s):Stephen D. Austin and Jeff Signer 
Contruction Date:2002 
Public/Private:PUBLIC 
Hours: 
Admission:free 
Added to JGarden:4/3/2003 
Last Updated:4/6/2003 
Sources:Diane Heileman. 'Yuko-en weaves a new future', The Courier-Journal. 25 April 2002. http://www.courier-journal.com/features/columns/gardening/fe20020425garden.html 
JGarden Description:At six acres in size, Yuko-en is one of the largest public Japanese gardens in the United States and the first such in Kentucky. Japanese culture has a special significance to the local Bluegrass community as it is the site of a large Toyot Motor Company manufacturing plant. The garden was built with donations from many local business and individuals including: Toyota; the community of sister-city, Tahara-cho; Aichi Steel; Louisville Forge and Gear Works; and local financial institutions. The entire project cost approximately $1 million.

The garden has been built on the former site of a monastery built in 1898 on land acquired from the family of Gov. James F. Robinson. The new garden was co-designed by Steve Austin, a local landscape architect and lawyer, and Jeff Singer, a local landscape designer and owner of Singer Gardens.

The design process was not a conventional North American one. Austin executed a series of paintings that outlined the vision of what the garden could become and then turned these over to nursery staff and construction workers, who actually did much of the design work as they were constructing the site. This process is uncommon today, but is an important part of traditional Japanese design and has analogues in European architectural history as well.

The originally flat field has been transformed by 600 truckloads of earth into a series of undulating hills that hide, reveal and frame views along the paths that guide visitors through the space. Singer laid the dry creek bed by hand, placing each piece of gravela nd stone based on his experience as a river kayaking afficianado. Other design elements include a bridge crossing the dry stream, a pond, tsukiyama pruned shrubs, stone lanterns and a karesansui dry garden. An unusual addition is a bog garden adjacent to the pond. The bog acts as a bio-filter for the pond.

Planting and construction material are a combination of Japanese and local Kentucky sources. Flowering red bud trees, join Kentucky canebrake and Bluegrass savanna, bur oaks, blue ash and Kentucky coffee trees.

Phase 2 of the garden's design has already begun and will involve the construction of a viewing pavilion at the confluence of the pathways.

The garden is located on Elkhorn Creek as part of the grounds of the Cardome Community Center on the west side of U.S. 25 (North Broadway). The Community Center includes connections to 10 miles of public hiking trails as well as access to the Creek. 




Eternity
And the pine trees on Tortoise Hill
Reflected in the clear waters
Of the palace pond

  visitor to Kameyama Palace
  1276

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