Free admission to Botanical Garden offered on first Saturday of every month

March 5, 2021 | 12:08 am

Updated March 4, 2021 | 10:08 pm

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The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, in partnership with U.S. Bank, is offering free admission on the first Saturday of each month, starting this weekend and running through October.

While WKBG members get free admission every day, non-members normally pay $5 per adult, $3 per senior citizen, and $1 per child/student.

Executive Director Laurna Strehl, said there are many benefits to visiting the Botanical Garden, such has “breathing in fresh air, taking in the beautiful sights which has a calming effect, exercise with walking, quality time spent with loved ones, and many memories made while sharing your visit with friends and family.”

There are 13 themed plots within the original eight acres of the Botanical Garden. 

“Some favorite stops along the way include the Rose Garden, Koi Pond, Rainbow and Yellow Brick Road paths, the SmartFlower, the Pond, the Luettgen Garden with its climbing rocks, the Willow Tree, and the Volkswagen with overgrown plantings,” Strehl said.

Visitors can walk four laps around the outer loop of their paved pathways, adding up to 1 mile. New signs will be set to indicate the path and mileage. 

Beginning Saturday, hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until Nov. 1. 

“To add to your experience, there will be some U.S. Bank surprises in store for you often,” Strehl said.

Membership fees at WKBG go towards maintenance and improvements of the Garden, and members also gain free admission to more than 300 gardens across the United States. 

Membership pricing begins at $25 and can be purchased at wkbg.org.

March 5, 2021 | 12:08 am

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