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Hidden Garden Tour

Private gardens to be open
to public in Old Louisville area

13th annual event features 11 stops

Staff Report

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 2006) – On Saturday-Sunday, July 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., hundreds of gardening enthusiasts are expected to descend upon the Old Louisville Historic Preservation District for the 13th “Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour, which will feature 11 private gardens.

Irene Spicer's garden

Photo by C. Timothy Bottorff

Irene Spicer’s garden
is among those featured.

The 2006 “Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour salutes the green thumbs that care for the private gardens in Toonerville, the neighborhood nicknamed for the Toonerville Trolley that ran along Brook Street from 1915 to 1930 and that became the inspiration for a nationally syndicated cartoon.
In response to the favorable comments on limiting the walking distances during the past two garden tours, the organizing committee has selected gardens located in the roughly one-square-block area bounded by South First Street, South Brook Street, East Ormsby Avenue and East Magnolia Street. Most of these gardens, some new and some mature, have not been on tour before. This neighborhood is truly one of Old Louisville’s best kept secrets.
Again this year, the tour is fortunate to include the very popular “Art in the Garden” feature on the premises of the DuPont Mansion Bed & Breakfast. The seven local artists who will be painting in the garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day are Carol Matlock, Donna Chancellor, Linda Jones, Suzie Steinberger, Ken Boatright, Missy Murphy and Markey Weaver. An additional treat this year will be music from the 1920s to the 1940s played on a baby grand piano by Mark Haldorson. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
This year’s garden tour will be dedicated to the memory of Bill Neal (1955-2006), past president of the SSNA and avid volunteer in many of Old Louisville’s activities, including the Holiday House Tour, the St. James Art Show and the Garden Tour as well as others.
With the support and backing of the non-profit Second Street Neighborhood Association (SSNA) membership, as well as volunteers from many parts of Old Louisville and the Metro community at large, the Annual “Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour has been an Old Louisville event since 1994. During this time, the Garden Tour has showcased over one hundred gardens chosen for their excellence in landscape design and originality.
A primary goal of the Garden Tour is to benefit the entire Old Louisville community. It recognizes the talents and efforts of garden owners and the fact that their dedication to fine landscaping contributes to the quality of life for all in the neighborhood. These gardens of high caliber and originality display urban landscapes that help to reduce air and noise pollution and lower summer temperatures. Such landscaping complements the aesthetics of our fine architecture and inspires beginning gardeners in our neighborhood to create further green spaces. Proceeds from the Garden Tour will help improve and preserve this treasured neighborhood that forms a significant part of our historical Metro heritage.

• Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 days of the tour. Advance discount tickets can be obtained through July 7 by calling, writing, e-mailing or visiting the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40208. Call (502) 635-5244 or e-mail: OLNC@bellsouth.net. Tickets may be purchased at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court.

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