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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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  • This Place is beautiful I had my wedding there recently, we rented the building for 200 an hour with a 200 dollar "refundable" deposit. The contract states if you run over on the time you pay for or d...  more »
  • Peaceful, meditative walk. Already popular with Pokemon Go players. A little short--maybe twenty or thirty minutes if you take your time.  more »
  • It appears to have one been wonderfully landscaped place, but could use a little love now. It's clean, no garbage, but the water was very green and the weeds were coming up. Still a great place for a ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • A very peaceful place I've spent a lot of time at. I've also helped put work into it in high school. It needs a lot more regular maintenance and care, though.
  • Nice place, I did expect to see more plants but it's still nice
  • Place is beautiful but need upgrade and proper maintenance.
  • This Place is beautiful I had my wedding there recently, we rented the building for 200 an hour with a 200 dollar "refundable" deposit. The contract states if you run over on the time you pay for or do not clean up after yourself they will keep the refundable deposit. However after the event we swept, put everything back to where we found it and left the building in the same condition as when we found it which it states to do in the contract. I was told to call in regards to the refundable deposit afterwards so I did. And when I called they said that we left the location filthy which we did not. So be prepared although this location is beautiful they will be taking every penny they can from you so do not expect you receive your "refundable" deposit back it will not happen you may as well not waist your time even cleaning .