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Garden tour and luncheon

Crestwood Civic Club will host
garden tour to benefit scholars

Crestwood’s Greenes to feature their garden

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (June 2008) – Donna Greene refers to her landscaped gardens as “a small part of God’s Eden.” With the help of her husband, Bill, the couple has developed more than 11/2 acres of serene vistas on their property.
Working in the gardens is “what we enjoy doing,” said Greene. “It’s good therapy and a way to give back to the earth.”

Donna & Bill Green flowers

Photo provided

These flowers adorn
Donna and Bill Greene’s garden. 

The Greene’s have both sun and shade gardens on their property, which is rare since most gardens contain one or the other. A wide variety of plants, shrubs and trees are planted over the grounds. These include 35 varieties of daylilies, roses, hydrangeas, iris, peonies, lilacs, stargazers, clematis, ferns, hostas, rhododendron, azaleas, butterfly bushes and black-eyed susans, just to name a few.
“Every garden is unique,” said Greene. “What you have to work with dictates what you use.”
This may be part of the reason the Greene’s gardens are one of three stops on this years Garden Tour and Luncheon, sponsored by the Crestwood Civic Club. The tour will be held from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 20. Luncheon seating times are 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse on 7215 Kavanaugh Rd. in Crestwood.
The Greenes have put a lot of hard work into their gardens and find wildlife a challenge to the rural area in which they live. Deer, rabbits, squirrels and raccoons like to forage amongst their plants.
To combat this problem, Greene uses Deer Out, a concentrated liquid product that can be sprayed directly on plants and will last for three months.
Even with this challenge “my husband and I enjoy being outdoors,” said Greene. “It’s our passion to plant things and watch them grow.”
Debbie and Greg West’s five-acre lot is the next stop on the tour. A former daylily farm, the property is home to more than 500 registered breeds of daylilies, said Debbie West.
The lilies will be blooming in an explosion of color: pink, yellow, red, peach, purple, orange, white, tan, lavender and burgundy. “I like the pink ones,” said West.
The couple “pretty much inherited the daylilies,” said West, because “we are not experienced gardeners. We’re new to this.” They have only been working at maintaining the daylily beds for the past three years. “I love them, but they are so much work,” she said.
Many songbirds visit the Wests’ gardens, which can be viewed from under a wisteria-draped gazebo. Another inviting spot is a prayer garden, complete with benches to sit on to enjoy the surrounding daylilies, roses, iris, and clematis.
Woodland Gardens of Crestwood is the third property on the tour. Owned by Ann and Andy Kipp, this two-acre garden features a multitude of groundcovers, 300 varieties of hosta and thousands of daylilies.
Landscaping Woodland Gardens has been an ongoing process spread out over a 30-year period, said Andy Kipp. “It’s been a mom and pop operation.”
Kipp said their family pitched in to help from time to time, and “everything is our own idea and design.”
The garden is anchored by a bandstand-style, turn-of-the-century gazebo. Creek rock paths span the property for 800 feet, which Kipp bought and laid in cement. He also built seven wooden and earth bridges among the flower beds. There are many seating areas scattered throughout the painstakingly landscaped property.
“It’s high-maintenance, but we love to do it,” said Kipp. The couple’s favorite spot is the gazebo. “It’s a getaway for us.” It’s also a place in which the couple can sit and design their next gardening spot.
Proceeds from the tour benefit the club’s Oldham County Schools Scholarship Fund. Club members have donated plants for a plant sale held at the clubhouse, as another fundraiser.

• To purchase tickets for the Garden Tour and Luncheon, contact Anne Murner at (502) 292-2701. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door.

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