tour and luncheon
Civic Club will host
garden tour to benefit scholars
Greenes to feature their garden
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (June 2008) Donna Greene refers
to her landscaped gardens as a small part of Gods 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.
Its good therapy and a way to give back to the earth.
Donna and Bill Greenes garden.
The Greenes 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 Greenes 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
Even with this challenge my husband and I enjoy being outdoors,
said Greene. Its our passion to plant things and watch them
Debbie and Greg Wests 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. Were 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,
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. Its been a mom and
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
Its high-maintenance, but we love to do it, said Kipp.
The couples favorite spot is the gazebo. Its a getaway
for us. Its also a place in which the couple can sit and
design their next gardening spot.
Proceeds from the tour benefit the clubs 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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