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

To Honor Our Trustee, Jeff Singer, in memory of his passion and assistance to our garden:  Jeff Singer Garden Tour Video

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.

Yuko-en Rental Pricing Structure  

2019 Yuko-en Rental Packet and Contract

For bookings and questions, call the Yuko-En Kentucky Japan Friendship Garden: 502-863-5424     [email protected]

Yuko-en Rental Pricing Structure

Main Building Rental Prices:

Non-refundable service charge:  $50.00 (opening & closing of villa)

One (1) to four (4) hours:   $300.00

Additional hours:  $75.00 per hour

Entire day & evening: (9 am–11 pm)   $800.00

Non-Profit Events (501C3):  Contact Office for pricing

Main Building Rental Notes: 

  • The main building and area between the main building and pond have to be rented as a set.
  • Note that you must provide written proof of event liability insurance for:

*All events with alcohol

*All events with 50 or more people

  • Discounted and/or free rental may be possible for educational and charitable organizations.


Return of Damage and Compliance Deposit:

A photograph will be taken of the interior of the main building at the time the doors are unlocked for your event and at the end of the event.  If the interior of the main building is in the same condition at the end of the event as it was when the doors were unlocked, the security and cleaning deposit will be returned.  If there are any costs involved in returning the building to its pre-event condition, such as the cost of hiring a cleaning service, these costs will be taken from the security and cleaning deposit.

Any remaining money after costs are deducted from the deposit will be returned to
the renter.   Renters will be liable for any costs incurred that exceed the deposit.

Outside rentals for all areas of the garden*:

One (1) to four (4) hours:   $100.00

Additional hours:  $25.00 per hour

Entire day & evening: (9 am–11 pm)   $300.00

Non-Profit Events (501C3):  Contact Office for pricing

Guarantees you exclusive access to your preferred space.

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.

Save the Koi

Save our Koi pond.  The Yuko-En is seeking the help of our local community to help 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!  Donations to save the koi are greatly appreciated!

Please mail your donation to:

Yuko-En 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.

Mailing Address:

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

Physical Address of the Yuko-en Garden:

700 Cincinnati Pike
Georgetown, KY 40324

[email protected]

Tel: 502-863-5424 Laura