September 4 — Work on the new entrance to the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, which will be at 2731 W. Second St. after completion, is well underway.
But Laurna Strehl, executive director of the garden, said the project’s grand opening would be delayed until March, “when the garden is at its best.”
This event will be a “revival of the garden,” she said.
The current entrance is on Carter Road and the garden is largely hidden from traffic on Second Street.
But that is about to change, Strehl said.
Landscapes by Dallas Foster, a 40-year-old company in Vincennes, Indiana, was hired to create a “WOW factor” for the entry.
Strehl said: “It will be a show stop.”
Last year the Garden purchased the old WeatherBerry Bed & Breakfast, a house built in 1840, to become a visitor center, office, and gift shop.
The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
The Daviess County Property Appraisal Administrator’s Office says the sale price last year was $ 475,000.
But the site says the house and the acre it sits on is now worth $ 817,300.
A new 14-vehicle parking lot is being built just west of the 4,000 square foot home and will connect to the existing parking lot, which is behind it.
Plans call for an expansion of the parking lot when the money becomes available.
Strehl said the new entrance will offer stunning views of the “beautiful house” and its “magnificent porch, which evokes southern hospitality. It will make a very good first impression on visitors.”
The porch covers 1,344 square feet. The new entrance and the 19th-century Greek Revival house “will create a much more positive impression,” Strehl said. She said the garden will likely start moving its office into the house this winter.
The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden opened in 1993 after Dr Bill and Susie Tyler donated 10 acres of farmland to the city with the stipulation that eight acres would be used for a botanical garden and two acres. would be left for native wildlife habitat.
Keith Lawernce, 270-691-7301 [email protected]