WELCOME! We are proud to present
Six Fabulous Gardens. Two Lovely Homes. One Beautiful weekend!
June 12 & 13, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine
Proceeds of the tour benefit those who are unable to pay the full fee of counseling. NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY!
Gardens on the 2021 Tour:
The Tour is a self-guided tour. Patrons may begin at any of the addresses listed. Enjoy!
4023 Norbourne Boulevard
Visitors to this 1941 2-story colonial home, are greeted by a towering Ash tree and an elderly Dogwood that are original to the property. A limestone sidewalk leads to a bank of Azaleas that guard the front entry and anchor a curved garden of pastel perennials. A Serviceberry tree beside the drive, along with two others in the garden, provide color and berries that attract squirrel “circus performers”.
Arched gates flank the back entry with an arbor featuring an “old fashioned” Rose, three Giant Arborvitae, and deciduous Holly. Owner Linda Hester enjoys the small porch that becomes a hideaway with drapes shading out the afternoon sun. The patio provides a lovely place for lunch and to view the perennial border of summer colors centered by a Star Magnolia tree.
Breckenridge Lane to Norbourne Blvd. Bear left at entry, follow signs to parking.
5105 Dunvegan Road
When owners Cathy and Allan Tasman moved into their home in 1991, the front and back yards were essentially a blank slate with only several large trees (most of which have since died or been blown over) in the grassy space. The front gardens, anchored by a very large mature magnolia along the walkway to the front door, are designed as predominantly green, with many varieties of massed Hosta and their blooms, Stella D’oro lilies, blue Siberian irises, and other small plants contributing flashes of color.
The current back gardens started with Allan contracting to have a formal rose bed built. As new ideas for beds and their placement came to him, he designed, dug out the clay, and planted and maintained the various garden beds himself. The back garden is planned so that the relatively small area is experienced as a larger park-like space with similar flowers or shrubs drawing the eye from one place to another. The gardens are at their peak from mid-spring to early summer, but the many interesting shrubs and trees, day lilies, re-blooming roses, Hosta, and masses of other flowering plants maintain interest through the fall. The park-like space comes alive in early spring, with many redbuds, columbines, and bearded and Siberian Iris. Interesting trees include Weeping Katsura, Thunderhead Black Pine, Ironwood, Columnar Gingko, Chinese Scholar Tree, and a number of types of Japanese maples such as the Shi Shi Ga Shira (Lion’s Mane).
The Gardens at the Avish
Avish Lane off River Road
In 2018 when Merry Kay and Steve Poe purchased the estate formerly owned by Owsley Frazier, they signed a use agreement with the Waterfront Botanical Gardens to restore and maintain the gardens. Volunteers and staff have done a fabulous job of planting the former rose gardens with flowers, herbs and vegetables. An arbor supports a tomato “tunnel”. The lily pond with waterfall has been restored and stocked with koi.
A Bonsai collection of 24 trees donated by Tom McCurry, lives in its own house next to the restored greenhouses.
WBG uses the property to provide educational programs and events for all age groups, including Yoga, Tai Chi, culinary programs, and adventure camps for youngsters and their families. They even get to take some veggies home!
We are grateful to the WBG and the Poe family for allowing us to share this wonderful addition to our community with our patrons.
Please note: The house is not open for touring!
U.S. Hwy. 42 East to Wolf Pen Branch Road North (left) to Avish Lane, or River Road to Avish Lane. Follow signs to parking.
7915 Westover Drive
Downsizing can be a daunting project, especially when there is a grand piano involved. However, Albin Whitworth found the solution in a Hunting Creek townhouse. The piano fits perfectly in the living room by the bay window that overlooks the patio. Many of the art objects and paintings collected on his many trips to Europe, have transferred well to their new surroundings. The Madonna and Child (a copy of one in the Vatican) now hangs over the fireplace in the Living Room. A collection of Russian icons is displayed throughout the home. The upstairs master bedroom with fireplace adds charm and offers a fabulous view from the second-floor balcony.
The patio has been enhanced with new pavers, installed by the owner, and gardens have been added along the outside walls. Azaleas bring blooms in the spring followed by perennials and small specimen trees that add interest and color. A wall fountain adds a comforting sound and a gate that opens to the golf course provides an extended lovely view.
NOTE: HUNTING CREEK DOES NOT ALLOW DIRECTIONAL SIGNS. Follow the main road to Westover Drive—left at triangle- to #7915. There will be a sign in the yard. Parking is on street—one side only.
1208 Evergreen Road
Country Victorian on the outside and contemporary on the inside, this home was built in 1876 and was designated as a Kentucky Landmark in 1979 by Gov. Julian Carroll. The 3000 square foot home has been transformed with several additions that contain many striking architectural features. Nestled on two acres, the entire property is encased with a four-board horse fence so that the swimming pool and surrounding gardens would feel as if one is in a park-like setting.
Starting in 1978, the home and gardens began to take on a new look. The use of natural rock and brick began to define the many spaces that surround the house, pool and pool house. The landscaping has many mature trees including Dogwood and Japanese Maple, Rose bushes, mature Evergreens and many unique flowering perennials and annuals. One of the highlights includes an extensive collection of day lilies.
The gardens have three unique water features, and an assortment of bronze and marble statuary. There is also an extensive array of unusual plant containers.
Owner Craig Scherman has refurbished the entire house. Some of the amenities include a ceiling towering to 17 feet; crown molding; five fireplaces; skylights; wood beams; a wall of opaque etched glass separating the dining room and living room. Both home and gardens are open for your pleasure! Enjoy!
LaGrange Road or Shelbyville Rd. to Evergreen Road (in Anchorage). Home is on the corner of LaGrange (Ridge Road) and Evergreen Road.
108 Mt. Mercy Drive, Pewee Valley, Kentucky
Old Pine Tower—William Alexander Smith House
When Pat and Brad Palmer purchased their c.1860 home in Pewee Valley 24 years ago, the “garden” consisted of mature Maples, Dogwood, Ash, White Pine, Two magnificent 200-year-old Beech trees, and a cute, but neglected 50-year-old pool. Over the next few years fencing, walks, and lighting was added as well as shrubs and understory trees including Boxwood, Viburnum, Hydrangea, Edgeworthian, Japanese Maples, Hemlock, Chamaecyparis, and Cryptomeria.
A shade garden followed with 50 varieties of Hellebores, 40 varieties of Epimedium, ferns, anemones, Solomon’s seal, Hosta (being replaced gradually because of deer damage) and other rare shade perennials. Antique staddle stones, birdbaths, troughs, and contemporary sculpture add interest to the garden.
Now, more than ever, the Palmers agree with Audrey Hepburn, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
LaGrange Road to Hwy. # 362 (Central Ave.) in Pewee Valley, LEFT over tracks. Take an immediate LEFT turn onto Mt. Mercy Drive. Note: Hwy #362 is 2.6 miles East of the Snyder freeway. Follow signs to parking.