Attention, Please: Saturday April 20 - Sunday April 21, 2013

During the hours of the Kite Festival at Cardome, you may be asked to pay for parking in our lot. Parking for Yuko-en on the Elkhorn is free; however the difficulty in identifying visitors who are solely visiting Yuko-en would be difficult for Festival officials. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, The Official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden, is open from daily from dawn until dusk. 

This nearly six acre garden is a Bluegrass Landscape in a Japanese style stroll garden. Enjoy paths, waterfalls, Koi ponds, arched bridges, Elkhorn Creek, a Japanese style raked Stone Garden and more. Our Kiln House, a rustic structure, houses two raku kilns and offers demonstrations monthly (see Calendar) and our Tea House offers tea ceremonies at times throughout the year. The Villa, while not yet open to the public, frequently has exhibits of cultural interest, designed to be viewed through the windows.

Feel free to stroll on your own. While we are a dog friendly garden, please keep your dog leashed and clean up after your pet.

Please sign in at the gate so we can count your visit.

Self-guided tour information is available at the gates of the garden.

To schedule private events or a guided tour please call 502.316.4554 ~ Fees may apply to some private events, guided tours are free. Donations are encouraged, and envelopes are usually available at the kiosk at the entrance for you to mail your donation.

Photographers: we encourage photography in the Garden. Please be respectful of other visitors, however, so they can enjoy the venue as well. Photographers whose work is for profit, especially, are encouraged to make a donation to enable us to continue to maintain this beautiful space. Please pick up an envelope at the kiosk at the entrance to the Garden.

Our Spring Festival will not be held this year due to a grant that is enabling us to complete the Villa. Visit our booth at the Kite Festival and come down to the Garden at 2pm to take a tour on Saturday April 20th or to view one of our raku firings. Japanese Language students from Scott County High School, taught of one of our trustees, Nathan Patton, will perform at the opening ceremonies at the Kit Festival Saturday, April 20th at Cardome Center.

For a brochure: Click here

Information about the Kazan Sculpture

Self-Guided Tour brochure of Yuko-En on the Elkhorn
Stone Garden brochure
Hold Harmless Agreement.
Policies and Procedures

Map of Yuko-En on the Elkhorn

 

 

 

How to get there:

From Lexington:

Take Interstate 75 North. Take the first Georgetown Exit. Turn left or West. Go into the downtown area passing Wendy's, K-mart, Shell Gas, Georgetown College then into the business blocks downtown. Pass the light at Hamilton Street and go to the next light which is at the Courthouse. Turn right at this light onto Broadway/Highway 25 North. Go .7 of a mile north. As you cross Elkhorn Creek you will see the garden on your left. Go to the Cardome Center stone pillars/entrance on your left and turn in left to the Cardome Centre entrance.  Immediately turn left into the garden, gravel parking lot where you will see the Japanese style gates.

(The sign-in box is located just inside the gates. Please sign in so we can count your visit.)

A service road/handicap parking area is available at the second left after you turn into the Cardome Centre entrance.  Then turn left again right before the entrance to the water treatment plant. Authorized visitors will be able to drive up to the handicap accessible port-a-let bathroom and the gravel path in the back which also allows for wheelchair access onto the foundation of the future education building.  Here there is viewing of the Japanese style raked Stone Garden and the central garden including the pond with waterfall.

From Cincinnati:

Take exit 126 for Georgetown. Stay to the right. Turn right onto Highway 62.  Pass Cracker Barrel, Shell Gas, the Fire Station, etc. and turn right at the third light onto Highway 460 West (where Wendy's will be on your left.)  Go into the downtown area passing K-mart, Shell Gas, Georgetown College then into the business blocks downtown. Pass the light at Hamilton Street and go to the next light which is at the Courthouse. Turn right at this light onto Broadway/Highway 25 North. Go .7 of a mile north. As you cross Elkhorn Creek you will see the garden on your left. Go to the Cardome Center stone pillars/entrance on your left and turn in left to the Cardome Centre entrance.  Immediately turn left into the garden, gravel parking lot where you will see the Japanese style gates.

(The sign-in box is located just inside the gates. Please sign in so we can count your visit.)

A service road/handicap parking area is available at the second left after you turn into the Cardome Centre entrance.  Then turn left again right before the entrance to the water treatment plant. Authorized visitors will be able to drive up to the handicap accessible port-a-let bathroom and the gravel path in the back which also allows for wheelchair access onto the foundation of the future education building.  Here there is viewing of the Zen Rock Garden and the central garden including the pond with waterfall.

For more area information go to:

Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce:  www.gtown.org     Phone: 502-863-5424    or

Georgetown-Scott County Tourism Commission: www.georgetownky.com     Phone: 502-863-2547