Flora and Fauna Garden Gallery on South 4th Street

A pop-up garden takes over the sidewalk on 4th St.
According to Karen Welch, when she put a bird feeder in the space, the birds spread the seeds and plants began popping up.

Karen Welch’s garden sits at 4th and Chestnut. It’s a pretty good size oasis carved out of the concrete sidewalk. She owns the Crafts Gallery and Mercantile and said the garden spot used to be a trolley stop.

Along with flashing street signs and noise, Angela Wilson of Louisville loves what shes sees. She works nearby and checks out the garden almost every day.

“It takes you to a very serene place where there’s just a lot of activity going on. I love the fact that we have so many birds in an environment that is so very hard,” Wilson said.

According to Welch, when she put a bird feeder in the space, the birds spread the seeds and plants began popping up, including a big sunflower and corn stalks.

“Oh, that’s beautiful. It’s about as tall as I am,” Welch said of the sunflower.

Unfortunately, Welch said things have a tendency to go missing in the open space. “Windchimes, those love to move on.”

“A construction worker found a garden ornament in one of the parking lots and he came over and put that in,” Welch said.

She said she has tried but she can’t get hummingbirds to come into the city spot.

The extreme heat has only caused an explosion of growth.

Check out the space at 4th and Chestnut in Downtown Louisville.

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