Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, Georgetown

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Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, the official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden, is located in Georgetown, Kentucky on the north fork of Elkhorn Creek. The 6acre garden is designed to have the appearance of a Japanese style strolling garden.HistoryThe community Japanese Friendship Garden was built in 2000 as a project between the local citizens of Georgetown and the citizens of Georgetown's sister city, Tahara in Japan. Local landscape architects Steve Austin and Jeff Singer helped design and build the garden, incorporating the Bluegrass landscape with the features of a Japanese strolling garden. The Kentucky legislature designated Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, the "Official" Kentucky-Japan friendship garden.FeaturesThe Yuko-En on the Elkhorn garden features the traditional elements of a Japanese garden with plants and landforms native to Japan and Kentucky. The site's flat land was converted with 1400 truckloads of earth into gentle rising hills with gravel paths and arched bridges leading through a water garden, a Zen rock garden, and past the banks of Elkhorn Creek.The Tokugawa Gates at the entrance to the garden depict the Tokugawa Shogunate era in the form of Medieval European castle gates. A zigzag path leads into the garden through a patch of native cane.The Tahara Snow Lantern and Maple grove are gifts from the citizens of Tahara. The Maple grove includes species from America and Japan.
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  • We went in September, so it wasn't as beautiful as it would be in spring. The coi pond was full of flowering water lilies. Very calm and peaceful .  more »
  • The Yuko-En Garden is a beautiful spot to take a walk and picnic. The gardens are lovely and a wonderful celebration of Georgetown's Sister City, Tahara, Japan.  more »
  • Wonderful six acre Japanese-American friendship garden. The park is maintained by volunteers. There are no employees, so there are a couple things like the koi pond that could use some work. If that b...  more »
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  • Very picturesque. Quiet and relaxing walk through the garden. I hope they keep this area nice as it is a very nice place to go.
  • Nice little spot. Doesn't get much attention other than prom photo shoots. Next to water treatment plant so smells like suffer in the early morning and late nights.
  • Good place for a nice walk and if you play Pokemon Go it has 6 stops and a gym
  • I drive through the area every few months and always stop here. Each season brings something new to see. It is a beautiful and tranquil spot to visit by yourself or for the family.
  • Very pretty! I had a wonderful time here with my two year old. She loved seeing the water and "exploring" the various buildings. The only thing I disliked was the occasional smell of sewage that wafted through the air. Otherwise it was a very pleasant experience, and we'll be sure to visit again!

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