Homes & Gardens
WELCOME! We are proud to present
Five fabulous gardens – One lovely Home – One beautiful weekend!
June 20 & 21 10:00AM to 4:00 PM. Rain or Shine
Proceeds of the tour benefit those who are unable to pay the full fee of counseling. NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY!
This is a self-guided tour. Patrons may begin at any of the addresses listed.
605 Jarvis Lane
A One hundred year old male Mulberry tree surrounded by lovely mature Magnolia trees will awe the visitors to Sylvia and Grant Bruton’s home. Following the drive leading to the rear of the property, guests are greeted by the Boxwood garden with fountain, pond and statuary.
A croquet lawn bordered by Arborvitae and Euonymus that have been sculpted into a hedge, defines the rear yard. An arbor made from driftwood supports a New Dawn climbing Rose, and another driftwood sculpture becomes a trellis with gate to the side gardens
“Rooms” in this area designed by the owner and gardener/designer Nadera Wolford include a kitchen garden with herbs, a rose garden featuring David Austin roses and a Shakespeare garden with historic plants that have been chosen from quotes from several different plays. Linger long enough to read about them in the owners’ book. It’s delightful!
Take U.S, Hwy 42 to Jarvis Lane. On-street parking.
6100 Longview Lane
“G is for Garden”
As part of the 20-year celebration, we joyfully return to Lincliffe, with its beautiful gardens lovingly restored by our loyal patron Steve Humphrey, and his wife, the late Sue Grafton. John C. Olmstead created the original landscape design in 1905, for William R. Belknap and his wife, Judith. The home was completed in 1911, and the property covers 24 acres.
The 1934 Bryant Fleming fountain with surrounding fern gardens opens up a breathtaking view of the river through the antique iron-gate. The Bernini style statue of David has been joined by statues representing the four seasons, placed in Parterres in the formal garden. Annuals, appropriate to the seasons, surround the statues in knot gardens outlined by red and yellow Japanese Barberry and variegated Boxwood. The outside wall is planted as a British perennial garden with 8 Lollypop Crab trees.
Don’t miss the Maze, the Shade Garden with many varieties of Hosta, the Scent Garden and the green house with a variety of tropical plants, Koi, and the exotic Chickens!
Master Gardeners will be at this location.
River Road to Longview Lane (just east of Blankenbaker Lane), right onto Longview Lane and watch for signs.
218 N. Hite Avenue
Debby Levine, curator at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, and Brad Chaires, professor at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, moved to Louisville in 2004 and began their garden adventures in 2006 with the construction of walls to terrace the back yard. 218 North Hite Avenue in Crescent Hill is a small in-town garden but a plant collector’s haven. The front yard is a take on a cottage garden with constant compensation being made for changes in sun and shade. Notable plants in the front yard include Edgeworthia (Paperbush), Daphne x transatlantica, Viburnum ‘Mohawk’, Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ (Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick), Hardy Gardenia Azaleas, Paeonia suffruticosa (tree Peony), Bleeding Hearts, and Bearded Iris.
The back yard is a terraced shade garden full of Hellebores, Hostas, Ferns of many varieties, Solomon’s Seal, and Brunnera (giant Forget-me-not), and is shaded by Cercis canadensis (Redbud), Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple), Acer tegmentosum ‘White Tigress’ (Striped Maple), and Corylus fargesii (Hazelnut). Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye) fills in the lowest tier which has at its center a large Aesculus glabra (Ohio Buckeye), one of the first trees to leaf out in the spring. Don’t miss the many interesting sculptures, enchanting garden vignettes, along with the stair railing created by local artist, Craig Kaviar.
From either U.S. 42 or Frankfort Avenue, 218 is closer to U.S. 42. On-street parking.
50 Tepee Road
Built in 1957, this southern style ranch home sits at the end of a cul-de-sac, and on the side of a hill backing up to a dense wood. In only two years Renae Maxwell has turned her gardening passion toward a barren hillside resulting in a lovely shade garden. Renae used her gardener’s eye and framed her garden of wild flowers, ferns, wood poppies and other native plants with Rose of Sharon, and Viburnum on terraces of ground covers that climb the hill. Oak leaf Hydrangea, Fuscia, Hosta, and Azaleas add to the woodland setting. Other additions include Smoke Tree, Kousa Dogwood, Japanese Maple and many more.
A new shed allows storage for the lawn equipment and a place for potting plants.
Patrons should take the stairs on the left side of the home, next to the driveway, that lead to a patio and fountain. There are steps and a path to the gardens above. Before exiting, be sure to walk over to the side yard to take a look at the woodland valley, with wildflowers and creek below.
Take Indian Hills Trail to Tepee Road. Parking on Indian Hills Trail, one side only. Shuttle to the garden.
15 Indian Hills Trail
Only one tree remains from the tangled jungle the owners found when they began to build their Indian Hills garden in 1984. Today, the garden is ringed with magnificent borders of perennials and shrubs and is dotted with interesting trees, including a collection of rare Japanese Maples. In early spring, the garden comes alive with the blooms of Hellebores, fragrant Viburnums, and saucer-sized tree Peonies. By the middle of May, Siberian Iris, herbaceous Peonies, perennial Geraniums, Carolina Allspice, and Dianthus are holding forth. Tall spires of Acanthus are swelling with buds for their grand show in early June. The garden peaks in mid-summer in a riot of color when day-lilies, phlox, roses, Lythrum, Russian Sage, and tall fronds of frothy Artemisia dominate the landscape. In late summer and fall, dahlias, and large drifts of Turtlehead, Anemones, and annuals carry the garden toward frost.
The main garden was designed by the owners and built gradually over the past thirty-five years. Plantings in the front of the home were designed in collaboration with Paul Cappiello, the Director of Yew Dell. Be sure to notice the varieties of ground covers, shrubs, and unusual trees, as you enter the property. Owners Jesse and Susanne Wright agree, “Our favorite plants tend to be old-fashioned ones, especially if they have been handed down in the family. But we also like to try scarcely seen perennials and shrubs to see how they will work out in the garden design.” A plant list is available.
Indian Hills Trail from U.S. 42 or River Road. Parking on Indian Hills Trail, one side only.