Oldham County, Kentucky is blessed to have such fabulous garden tours near Louisville. Display gardens, educational programs, family-oriented events, and a wide range of private event facilities await you in our backyard. From the research gardens of Yew Dell Botanical to the Garden and Landscape Tour of Hermitage Farm you will feel like tiptoeing through the tulips with your newfound knowledge of all things gardening here in The Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky!
Yew Dell is a nationally-recognized center of gardening and sustainable horticulture that offers extensive display gardens, a diverse slate of educational programs, family-oriented community events, ongoing research into new and better garden plants, and a wide range of private event facilities. Be sure to see the unique Yew Dell castle that sits atop the gardens! This is a fantastic garden tour either on your own or with a pre-reserved guide.
General Admission (on your own): Adults 18+: $9 Seniors 55+ & Children 6-17: $5 Children 5 & under and military (with ID): FREE! Tour guides can be arranged for groups of 10 or more with 2-weeks advanced notice (see website for group pricing). Members are FREE during open hours all year.
Attractions at Yew Dell: Castle, Arboretum, Greenhouse & Nursery, Hiking Trails, Classes & Special Events, Gift Shop in old Tobacco Barn, and Kids’ Activity Backpacks and Books ‘n’ Blankets.
Goshen, KY (Exit 14 off 1-71) – Directions provided with reservation.
(502) 398-9289 – Our Hermitage Farm Page for ALL things Hermitage!
FARM TOUR TICKETS ONLINE (April – October)
Individual & Group Tours: Garden & Landscape Tour: $20 (May-October)
Kentucky’s historic Hermitage Farm is a working thoroughbred horse operation, farm-to-table restaurant, and botanical garden, nestled in the rolling hills of Oldham, Kentucky, near Louisville. Learn about our conservation efforts and sustainable gardening practices in our Garden Tour and Landscapes. A unique dining venue housed in a converted historic horse stable, Barn8 at Hermitage Farm is a new farm-t0-table restaurant open Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-10pm.
Organic Farming and Farm-to-Table Tour
Crestwood, KY (Exit 14 off 1-71) – Directions provided with reservation.
(859) 433-2563 – Website – Email
FARM TOURS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (All year. In winter months, sheep tour only.)
Individual Tours (under 7 people): $12 per person. $75 tour minimum.
Call to be combined with others for per-person savings!
Group Tours (7+ people): $12 per person
Tour Length: 1.5 Hours
Rootbound Farm is a certified organic farm producing vegetables and grass-fed lamb for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and farmer’s markets as well as many of Louisville’s best farm-to-table restaurants. You’ll learn about organic production and sustainable growing practices such as cover cropping, natural methods for disease and pest control, and water conservation. Learn about how your food is grown by following a plant from seed to field to harvest. Their flock of 75 Katahdin sheep are a highlight of the tour and you’ll learn about the joy of animal husbandry and the benefits of managing animals naturally. Everything lives in harmony with their system of rotational grazing, natural parasite management, and livestock guardian dogs. It keeps everyone happy and healthy.
Individual Tours (under 10 people): $12 per person (only 1st Thurs each month)
Group Tours (10+ people): $12 per person. Any weekday with reservation & pre-payment.
Tour Length: 1.5 Hours
Farm Store: The Farm’s sustainably-raised bison, pork, eggs, and produce can be purchased Tuesday-Friday from 8am to 4pm.
3-Part Educational Tour Includes (with gorgeous views of the Ohio River):
Section 1 – Pasture raised bison and laying hens. You ‘ll visit the main bison herd and hear the benefits of intensive rotational grazing. You’ll also explore their mobile coop and hear about the role pastured chickens play in pest reduction and fertilization.
Section 2 – Horticulture. You ‘ll head to the greenhouse and gardens to learn about raising produce without synthetic fertilizer or chemicals. They’ll also explain the plant production systems currently in place.
Section 3 – Pasture raised heritage hogs. Finally, the tour will head down to the river bottoms to see how hogs being raised alongside their feed sources helps reduce cost while improving meat quality.
Creasey is a public nature preserve whose hours are sun-up to sundown.
Cost: No cost.
Office hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 4:30pm.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a 170-acre scenic and popular destination. If you love gardening, you will want to check out Youtube for videos, “Take a Walk with Tavia,” and follow Executive Director, Tavia Brown through her home garden and the gardens of the Preserve! With 9 miles of wooded trails, 4 year-round springs, creeks and ponds, picnic pavilions and native grasslands, there are many recreational opportunities for the entire family. Beautiful gardens feature native woodland wildflowers, ferns, creeks and waterfalls.