gardens to be open
to public in Old Louisville area
annual event features 11 stops
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.
by C. Timothy Bottorff
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
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 Louisvilles
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 years 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 Louisvilles 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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