Bardstown Garden Tour
Eight fabulous gardens are on this year’s self-guided tour that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The gardens range in size from a small garden spilling over with daylilies to a 10-acre paradise with a 1 1/2-acre lake and more than 3,000 trees planted in the French style of allee. Guests will be able to feed the fish in the lake during the tour.
A koi fish pond with a peaceful waterfall, large and small vegetable gardens, creative outdoor “rooms,” container gardening, sun and shade gardens, and comfortable outdoor dining areas are included on this year’s tour of selected gardens in Bardstown and Nelson County. There also will be such features as pergolas, grape arbors, rain barrels, ornamental grasses, multi-level decks, shady paths, rock walls and enough garden art to keep you smiling all day.
St. Monica’s community vegetable gardens are also on the tour as well as a demonstration garden at the Nelson County Extension Office, 317 South Third Street, Bardstown, which is where the tour begins.
Local artists will once again be practicing their crafts in the gardens during the tour. Their artwork will be for sale after the tour.
The Marketplace will be open at the Extension Office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The purchase of a tour ticket is not necessary to enjoy the events taking place at the Marketplace. Visitors can purchase their garden tour tickets, grab a bite to eat, sign up for the door prize, attend free gardening workshops and submit their bids in the Silent Auction.
There will be plenty of items available for bid in the Silent Auction including a one-hour airplane ride for 3 people, a one-night stay for up to 8 people at the Bernheim Lake House plus a one-year family membership, a double-wide compost bin, a 10x3-foot wooden bridge, gift baskets from the local distilleries, Stihl hedge shears, handcrafted garden art, a signed Maker’s Mark barrel head, lots of useful gift certificates, dog foods and much more. Local vendors will have garden-related items for sale and the Kentucky Home Master Gardeners, who sponsor the event, will be selling annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, houseplants and flower seeds. They also will be selling crafted items for the garden, such as birdhouses, steppingstones, uniquely planted containers, gardening magazines and books, equipment and yard art.
Tour tickets, available in May, are $8 in advance at the Extension Office at 317 South Third and the Tourist Commission at One Court Square in Bardstown. Tickets will be sold on the day of the tour for $10 only at the Marketplace and only until 2 p.m.
Check out pictures of past garden tours and the items up for bid at the Silent Auction at www.facebook.com/BloomingBardstownGardenTour?fref=ts. For more information, call the Extension Office at 502-348-9204.