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1.5 Acres of Green Space in the Heart of Downtown Lexington

With support from the Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation, the Living Arts & Science Center’s grounds have transformed into an educational urban green space.  The 1.5 lively acres are an ever evolving outdoor laboratory serving insects, birds and other urban wildlife, and demonstrating best practices for environmental conservation.  Children, adults and families actively and passively interact with the landscape to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our natural environment.

Designed to support urban ecology, the LASC’s playfully interactive system of interconnected rain gardens, butterfly gardens, a rainwater collection cistern, a waterfall and stream, permeable pavers, bird houses and feeders, native Kentucky flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees, and vegetable and herb gardens integrated to demonstrate numerous best practices for environmental conservation as well as support for our urban ecology.

Interpretive markers placed along the paths encourage visitors to learn more about the hundreds of native plantings. As a participant in the Urban Orchard Project, visitors can also enjoy sampling some of the fruit from trees and bushes on the grounds.

Special thanks to:

Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation and

Kentucky American Water

Thanks to the generous donations of:

Klausing Group Landscaping

Red Oak Landscape Lighting

Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens

Longshadow Planters



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