Yuko-en on the Elkhorn is a 4 season garden,  open daily from dawn to dusk  and is free to the public . Enter through the Tokugawa gate, sign the guestbook and enjoy your visit.

Yuko-en on the Elkhorn is a 5 1/2 acre garden featuring Bluegrass landscaping framed in a Japanese style stroll garden. Walk along the pathways and discover the many elements unique to this garden.

About Us

Community     Friendship     Nature     Learning

Yuko-en on the Elkhorn is overseen by a committee of volunteer Trustees under The Scott County Education and Community Foundation. Founded in partnership with Georgetown’s Sister City, Tahara, Japan,  its mission is to enhance community, international friendship, the appreciation for nature, and the promotion of life long learning in the areas of the arts, culture, the environment and international relations and commerce. This garden became the Official Kentucky Japan Friendship Garden by proclamation by the Legistature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The logo with the Japanese ideograph for friendship and a bridge represents our sister city relationship with Tahara and our mission.

Villa and Garden Rental

The Villa and parts of the Garden are available for rental for your next celebration, meeting, workshop, and retreat.

Main Building Rental Prices
October 1-March 31:

Saturdays: $150 an hour
Fridays, Sundays:  $100 an hour
Mondays-Thursdays:  $50 an hour

April 1-September 31:

Saturdays:  $200 an hour
Fridays, Sundays:  $150 an hour
Mondays-Thursdays:  $100 an hour

Capacity for villa events is limited by fire code restrictions of 244 people for events with chairs only and 114 people for events with tables and chairs.  For standing room only events, capacity in the villa is limited to 300 people.

Occupation beyond the legal capacity must be moved outdoors, or the event terminated.

Renter must provide all furniture and decorations for events.  Furniture and decoration set-up and removal times must be included in the hours rented.


An umbrella liability policy will be required for all events where alcohol is being served.

Security and Cleaning Deposit for rental of main building:


Outside rentals for all areas of the garden*:

$200 set fee for up to 3 hours which guarantees you exclusive access to your preferred space.
Each additional hour after 3 hours costs $50
* the area directly in front of the main building is subject to the main building prices above.

All prices are subject to change, so call the Yuko-en number to confirm prices before booking.

For further information about the garden, or for garden and Villa rentals:

Call Us:  502-863-5424   Laura                   Email us:  [email protected]

Yuko-en on the Elkhorn is under the umbrella of the Scott County and Community Foundation, a 501c3 and supported by donations and assistance from the city of Georgetown and Scott County Fiscal Court.  Yuko-en is the Official Kentucky and Japan Friendship Garden.


Online:  Donate to Yuko-en Online

Save the Koi

Save our Koi pond.  Yuko-En is seeking the help of our local community to help us raise funds to bring back the health of our koi pond to become the jewel of Georgetown.  Our pond is in need of major maintenance and restoration.  We need your help to make this happen!  Click on the link here to donate to save our koi!

We accept donations through online or in the mail.

Online:  Donate to Yuko-en Online


mailing address:

Yuko-En Japanese Garden

c/o Scott County Chamber of Commerce
160 East Main Street
Georgetown, KY 40324



We are always happy to hear from you. Please remember, we are an all volunteer organization. Thank you.

Yuko-En on the Elkhorn

mailing address:

c/o Scott County Chamber of Commerce
160 East Main Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

physical address:

700 Cincinnati Pike
Georgetown, KY 40324

[email protected]

Tel: 502-863-5424 Laura