EVENTS Calendar: Yuko-en on the Elkhorn

Upcoming Events 2015:

  • VOLUNTEER TUESDAYS in April: 4-6 pm. Join us to help maintain the Garden every Tuesday in April, weather permitting. Just show up in your gardening clothes. For more information call 502.316.4554.
  • RESCHEDULED to APRIL 18th! March 7, 2015: Free Golden Artists Supplies Demo-Lecture:
  • 10 am-12:15 pm in the Villa. Though a free event, registration is recommended. Golden Artist Representative Merle Rosen will discuss and demonstrate the wide range of Golden products, their new watercolor and oil lines as well as a wide variety of acrylic products. Beginners to professional artists. Free admission and take home samples. Call 502.863.0026 to register with your name and contact information.
  • RESCHEDULED to APRIL 18th! March 8, 2015: Gels and Grounds Workshop:
  • 2 pm-4 pm $45 fee. Artist Merle Rosen will guide you in the use of gels and ground made by Golden. All paints, gels and grounds supplied. Space is limited, prepayment required to reserve space. Call 502.863.0026 for more information or email [email protected].
  • April 25, 2015: The Annual Spring Friendshop Festival at Yuko-en
  • 12 pm - 5pm in the Garden. Coinciding with the Kite Festival Yuko-en celebrates the redbuds and cherry blossoms. Programming details to follow.
  • October 3, 2015: Biennial Kiku Matsuri Fall Festival at Yuko-en
  • 11 am - 4 pm: The festival celebrating the chrysanthemum features raku firings, a cultural exhibit, Japanese paper arts: Japanese bookbinding, origami and kirigami, fall floral arrangements, poetry readings, tea tasting and fall Garden tours.


Recurring Events 2015:

  • Raku Firings in our Kiln House: Last Saturday firings weather permitting from 10 am to 1pm. Questions or to arrange a demonstration? call 502.863.0026.
  • Tours of the Garden: Call 502-316-4554 to book a tour and to find out how to feed the Japanese Koi.


A Sample of Past Events of Note

Never Forget - A Memorial Event, an Act of Remembrance: The 1 year Anniversary of the Tsunami

According to a story from Japan, in one area obliterated by the destructive force of the tsunami, a long pine tree miraculously survived. The pine tree is a symbol of our event. Sunday, March 11, 2012, 4:00 - 4:30 pm Yuko-en on the Elkhorn at the Villa

The pine tree by the rock
must have its memories too:
after a thousand years,
see how its branches
lean toward the ground

Ono No Komachi
(Tr. Hirshfield & Aratami)

On Exhibit in the Villa - Furoshiki: The Art of Wrapping

Furoshiki  is a square piece of fabric used for carrying, storing and wrapping items. In Japan, it dates back to the mid Edo period (1603-1868).  Originally it was a way of wrapping clothes at public baths. However, going beyond its humble beginnings, with the use of beautiful fabric the furoshiki developed into an elegant wrapping style. It is experiencing a renewed popularity in Japan. The furoshiki accommodates both simple and hard to wrap items, both geometric and irregular.  See our display of modern furoshiki the green way to carry items from small boxes to round watermelons to paintings.


2011 Yuko-En Japanese Garden Community Rally for Tsunami Relief and Support for Japan

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 10:30 am - Rally will be held rain or shine


Fall 2010: World Equestrian Games, Fall Festival

To Celebrate the World Equestrian Games, children (and adults) all over Scott County folded paper horses for our 1000 Origami Horse Display. By the end the "herds" had swelled to 2000! We also created the the largest origami horse from a single piece of paper in North America, and we think a world record breaker from 2 pieces of paper standing 9 feet tall.

The Horse in Japan

Kiku Matsuri