THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE 2022 TOUR AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL EVENT BY RAISING OVER $72,000!
WELCOME! We are proud to present The 22nd Kilgore Home & Garden Tour
7 beautiful gardens. 1 beautiful home. 1 beautiful weekend!
June 11 & 12, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine
Tickets may be purchased at most of the homes on the Tour.
Proceeds of the tour benefit those who are unable to pay the full fee of counseling.
NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY!
Gardens on the 2022 Tour:
8009 Laughton Lane – This home is open for the Tour
*For Sterling Road, purchase tickets at 27 Sterling Road
The Tour is a self-guided tour. Patrons may begin at any of the addresses listed. Enjoy!
3812 Hycliffe Avenue
Moving into a home with no landscaping provided Bob and Marla Bobrow a blank canvas on which to design landscaping and gardens around their 1936 Tudor designed home. Bob and his father planted a row of arborvitae as a privacy screen, and the journey down the garden path began. Today, the home is surrounded by a variety of small gardens with three major themes: Japanese Maples (there are 20), secondly, legacy plants from relatives that connect the couple with their past, and thirdly, native plants to draw hummingbirds and pollinators.
Some specimens to look for include numerous cultivars of Peonies (including Itoh and 2 tree Peonies), Canada lilies, Indian Pinks, Lady Slippers, and over 20 different tall, Bearded Iris. The Bobrow’s driveway, walk, patio, and back pathway are brick and stone, designed to complement their garden. Reclaimed cobblestones, pulled from turn-of-the-20th century streets, trim the garden. Huge boulders are strategically placed throughout along with sculptures, birdhouses, and pots of plants. There is an attractive shed in the back with a beautiful crossvine. Do not miss the garden-themed railing on the front porch designed by Marla, Bob and a local blacksmith Sherman Blankenship.
From Breckinridge Lane turn west onto Hycliffe. From Cannons Lane turn east on Hycliffe Avenue.
4201 Stonemeadow Court
Lisa and Glenn Todd moved to their home 19 years ago and began their garden with just a minimal number of builder foundation plants. At first glance, the front landscaping seems understated as the property presents a “business” face to the street but as you walk around the side of the home the creativity expands with each step down the paths into a beautiful private oasis where the party begins. There are six water features on the property including two ponds, two wall fountains, and two birdbaths. As you walk to the right around the side of the home there is a small rambling brook leading you down the walk to the back garden, to a serene view of additional water features and a seemingly isolated suburban paradise.
Well established trees include a huge Spruce, Japanese Maples, Hollies, Serviceberries, Cherry, Magnolia, Crape Myrtle, and Arborvitae. There is an abundance of shrubs such as Blue Globe Spruce, Roses, Hydrangeas, Laurels, Hollies, Viburnum, and Smokebush. A profusion of perennials and ground covers leave almost no grass to cut. Glenn has been in charge of all of the hardscaping and built the arbor, gazebo, and paths. Other items of interest include multiple benches upon which to sit and reflect, a shaded swing, a dining area, fire-pit, various paths to wander, and a secret garden for the youngest visitors with make-believe mushroom sculptures. A bridge leads to the maintenance area, which is watched over by a drinking monkey in tree. Lisa and Glenn are avid do-it-yourselfers and hope you enjoy their garden as much as they do.
Breckinridge Lane South, turn LEFT onto Nachand Lane, turn RIGHT onto Stonemeadow Dr, (at Stonewood Meadows) turn RIGHT onto Stonemeadow Court to cul-de-sac. Please note parking directives. Golf Cart available.
7600 Tempsclair Road
Judy Buckler, the owner of this property not only designed her garden, she also designed her house. The front porch is a wonderful place to sit and talk to friends and neighbors while enjoying the numerous, nearby hydrangeas and a fringe tree. When Judy moved here in 2009, the only plants were the big pine trees in the back yard. Today the yard is an excellent example of how to make the most of one-third of an acre. There are numerous perennials, annuals, shrubs, and pieces of yard art.
Not only does the house have a large back porch, it has a deck, and a circular patio with plenty of seating. There are three Black Gum trees, a Kousa dogwood, a River Birch, deciduous Hollies, Lilacs, various Viburnums, Crepe Myrtles, and other shrubs throughout. Note the two tall pillars with birdhouses on top, several chicken coops, a potting shed, an arbor, raised garden beds, and all the fencing. Her brother, Tom Buckler, created them all. Judy repurposed her children’s playhouse to become the tool shed.
Her yard has more than twenty Hydrangeas and twenty Clematis vines. There are a few Serbian Sangria St. John’s Wort specimens in the garden. There is a sixteen foot bed in the back where asparagus, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and herbs are grown. Also, there is a peach tree and an apple tree. Beyond her back fence is Hunsinger Baptist Church, where Judy persuaded the minister to start a community garden project. She has three plots, in which she grows flowers for picking and plants for pollinators.
From Hurstbourne Parkway South, turn RIGHT onto Raintree Drive (before Six Mile Lane), LEFT on Summerfield Drive, RIGHT on Tempsclair Road. From Breckenridge Lane south, turn LEFT on Manner Dale Drive (east) take immediate LEFT on Hunsinger Lane, continue straight to Tempsclair Road. Parking is one-side only. See parkers at location.
27 Sterling Road
Mature trees grace the front yard of the ranch-style home of Rachel and Marty Thieneman. Upon entering the back yard, one immediately sees the unique greenhouse to the left of the property built by the couple and used throughout the year. They began revisioning the property five years ago, altering the landscape with their choice of plants and by enlarging the existing beds. Several small gardens are scattered throughout with annuals and perennials including various Azaleas and Rhododendrons, Hollies, Laurels, Hydrangeas, Camellias, Magnolias, ferns, and Hostas. A privacy fence holds flower pots with plants and large containers are placed throughout the yard. Pine trees with numerous bird feeders tower over the yard, a newly added walking path, and three seating areas grace the yard, at the woodland trail, patio and another in front of the “She Shed”. Word has it, relocating the shed was an engineering miracle. Unusual art features and a small fountain provide interest and a relaxing and serene retreat.
From Hurstbourne Lane South: Turn right onto Taylorsville Road, turn RIGHT onto Lowe Road, in 233 ft turn right onto Sterling Road.
From Hubbards Lane south (actually Browns Lane, then McMahan Blvd): Turn left onto Taylorsville Road, Left on Lowe Road, and RIGHT onto Sterling Road.
From Tempsclair Road: Turn RIGHT onto Hunsinger Lane, turn RIGHT on Manner Dale Drive; turn RIGHT on Breckinridge Lane, turn RIGHT on Hikes Lane, turn RIGHT on Taylorsville Road/KY-155, 1.0 mi, turn left onto Lowe Rd, in 233 ft turn RIGHT onto Sterling Road.
36 Sterling Road
When Paula and Doug Schneider moved to their home 13 years ago, they removed everything except the large oak trees in the front yard. They then planted trees including a Japanese Cedar, a Tulip Poplar, a Yellowwood, Dogwoods, and Japanese Maples. Today, most of the trees are surrounded by many flower beds and portray numerous perennials and annuals, including Hostas, Clematis, Azaleas, Oakleaf Hydrangeas, and other shrubs of which Paula says, “I can’t remember the names; I just like them.”
Entering the back yard through an attractive gate, you notice multiple garden “rooms” in the landscape. There is a fire-pit with seating, pergola, potting area, “give away” area, outdoor shower, cat house, composting area and a beautiful porch. There are all kinds of art features, including two water features and bird baths throughout. In summary, this is a beautiful garden is a well-manicured oasis.
From the 27 Sterling Road directions, continue down the road.
54 Sterling Road
Two large Weeping Cherry trees, along with a sizable boulder immediately attract visitors to the property of Diane and Jay Eifert. Approaching the front porch of this ranch style home, you will see a water feature on the left with two large planters on either side of the steps, and a larger perennial bed with a gorgeous Weeping Redbud tree.
Around the back, a wrought iron gate opens to a focal point of the swimming pool, complete with waterfall. An artistically designed small bridge spans a problem ditch and provides access to the rear of the garden.
There is an abundance of landscaping with both trees and ﬂowers throughout, such as Japanese Maples, a Dwarf Bonﬁre Peach, and Smoke trees. Diane said, she started out planting things she liked, but she did not always put them in the best locations. She soon learned to consider proper placement as part of her planning process. Yard art includes several “peace” poles and fence décor. Don’t miss the owls in some of the trees. When exiting the back yard, notice the viburnum hedge providing privacy to the home.
From the 27 Sterling Road directions, continue down the road. Park along side of road.
8009 Laughton Lane
Elegance, is the best way to describe Becky and Pat Murphy’s home. The Murphy’s purchased this home 12 years ago, and, while much of the design was completed, they remodeled, added their personal touches, and created the garden. At arrival, you’ll see the beautifully manicured landscape and the driveway that is made of brick pavers.
While touring their home the you’ll see wonderful architectural details, art, clever design and attention to detail. All combined, provide a stately, yet relaxed environment. The pool area has a graceful layout, reminiscent of a resort, with enormous pots with flowers, and vignettes of places to relax and entertain. The garden, adjacent to an old wall creating a boundary along the old driveway leading the original Hurstbourne home, now Country Club, creates a great backdrop for the garden and the pool. Becky says she is a beginner at gardening, but it seems she may be a natural after this ten year run. Her creation is comprised of many heirloom plants from family members and friends. One in particular, “Grandpa’s Lily-of-the-Valley”, has traveled from five homes. Another, the Lilac, is from a cutting from her sister from 26 years ago. Note the Coral Bells, Peonies, Clematis, Lilies, Hostas (Siebold’s Plantain Lily), Japanese Anemone, Climbing Hydrangea, Lace-cap Hydrangea.
If the pool is any indication of what is to come it will develop into serene oasis. The pool house doubles as temporary residence for family guests and is an abundance of fun and creativity. Enjoy, as you get to meander through their home and see the lovely interior design and creative flair.
From Hurstbourne Parkway (across from Barnes & Noble Booksellers), turn onto Seaton Springs Parkway. There is a stop sign at Rugby Lane, continue straight. At the next stop sign, at Denington Drive, go almost straight across and a little to the left through the two large stone pillars. Continue down the one lane drive, which is still Seaton Springs Parkway. The home is on the left, corner of Laughton Lane. Park on Laughton to the right or left on the cul-de-sac. Parking one-side only.