Porch Hopping in Harrodsburg: James Harrod Trust Style, Saturday June 14

JamesHarrodTrustPorchTour2014aHarrodsburg’s  James Harrod Trust has organized A Walk in Time, an innovative  tour through the porches of historic homes along North College Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14.  Tours will begin at a home recently purchased by the Trust — Pawling House, 223 W. Factory St.

The guided group tours will include visits to 14 porches where the guide will share the history of the homes, many of which are antebellum. Home owners also will be available for questions.

“Harrodsburg is so rich in history and the homes we will visit are some examples of the wonderful treasures we have in our community,” said Helen Dedman, chairman of the James Harrod Trust. “This is a great opportunity to learn more of the history and hear some stories about the homes and their previous owners during a casual stroll along one of Harrodsburg’s most beautiful streets. It is also almost a throwback to a past era when people visited one another on the front porch.”

The tour will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased at the Pawling House. All proceeds from the tour will go toward restoration of the house.

The Trust took ownership of the house at the corner of College and Factory Street last September. Since then the Trust has focused its efforts on stabilizing the Pawling House and preserving it for future restoration. The brick house has been a fixture in Harrodsburg for nearly 200 years. It was constructed in the original town plat sometime before 1828 for the William Pawling family. The Pawlings were a pioneer family in Kentucky.

For additional information about the tour, call Dedman at 859-734-3381.

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Book Look: Paradise in Plain Sight by Karen Maezen Miller

ParadisePlainSightParadise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden by Karen Maezen Miller. New World Library, 192 pp, $15.95 

Karen Maezen Miller, a Zen Buddhist priest at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles, bought a house surrounded by a neglected, century-old Zen garden when she and her husband moved to California in 1997.  Working through lessons in gardening and Zen thought, she ties together threads of meaning and awareness in this memoir of the years spent restoring and tending her paradise.  Have a look at this video to find a glimpse of life in the garden: Paradise in Plain Sight

Miller eloquently describes a realization with which many gardeners can identify, writing:

I began to garden.  I got scratched, tired, and dirty. I broke my fingernails and ruined my shoes.  I yanked out what I could have kept and put in more of what I didn’t need.  I pouted and wept, cursing the enormity of the task.  I was resentful and unappreciative.  But when I ventured afield, sidelined by things that seemed much more entertaining or important, I always came back to this patch of patient earth.  Time after time, I realized that everything I want or need – the living truth of life, love, beauty,  purpose, and peace – is taught to me right here, no farther away than the ground beneath my feet.

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Yew Dell … Sculpture Exhibition in the Gardens

CornusVenus_rotated_00712_7809_WDunwellYew Dell Botanical Gardens will open the 7th annual garden art sculpture show on May 17th; it runs through August 3rd.  Works from 20 artists, created in stone, wood, metal, glass and ceramics are placed throughout the gardens for your strolling pleasure.  Located in Crestwood, just east of Louisville, it’s worth the easy drive to visit this garden.

For more information, click here: Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

The original nursery was begun by plantsman Theodore Klein, for whom an annual plant award is named. New varieties of plants that will be of interest to Kentucky gardeners are nominated. To see which have won awards this year, as well as many previous years, click here: Theodore Klein Plant Awards.

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Get Native at the Down to Earth Garden Club Sale

Are you in the market for some home-grown natives for your garden? The Down to Earth Garden Club’s annual plant sale is coming up on Saturday,  May 10th, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Woodland Christian Church, 530 East High Street. Down2EarthGCSaleThe plants are from the members’ own gardens, so you’ll be able to find out first-hand about different species’ characteristics and landscape potential.  There will be plants suitable for shade and sun, natives, herbs, vegetables, perennials, wildflowers, grasses, hostas, shrubs, trees and irises.

Money raised will be donated to local projects that promote gardening, education, preservation, conservation and environmental stewardship. Ordinarily, the list seems to long to include, however it’s broad sweep points out just how many great garden projects are supported: Habitat for Humanity; Florence Crittenton Home; Chrysalis House; Peace Meal Community Garden; Floracliff Nature Sanctuary; Seed Leaf Community Garden; Raven Run Nature Sanctuary; Walnut Woods; Green Acres Community Garden; Lower Howard’s Creek Nature Preserve; The Women’s Garden at Wellington Park; Ashland/ Henry Clay Estate; Port Royal NA; London-Ferrill Garden; Yates, Squires, Sandersville, and Martin Luther King Elementary Schools’ teaching garden projects; Montessori Middle; Edith Hayes Middle; Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School Memorial Garden; the Garden Club of Kentucky; Ashland Terrace Retirement Center; UK/LFUCG Arboretum; Fayette County Cemetery Trust; the Women’s Prison Garden Project; Lexington Youth Green Corps; Cross Keys Community Park; Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center; Roanoke Greenway Project; Prometheus Farms; Locus Trace Agri-science Farm; The Wallis House; Bluegrass Legacy Trail; Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden; Faith Feeds; Bluegrass Domestic Violence Center; educational grants, such as The Lida Evans Memorial Scholarship and yearly maintenance on the Waveland Perennial Garden. Wow! information and see descriptions & pictures of some of the plants we will be selling.

Click here for the Down to Earth website with plant listings, club information and contacts.

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An Orgy of Toads … Earth Day 2014

ElliottFrogHappy Earth Day 2014!

Lang Elliott’s blog, The Miracle of Nature, is extraordinarily refreshing and simply delightful. It’s a way to experience nature up-close-and-personal, because Lang is not only an expert at capturing natural sounds, but of artfully arranging words and photographs to amplify moments in nature into awesome encounters.

Today’s entry is An Orgy of Toads.
 Click here… Don’t miss it!

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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill: A Green Gem

DSC09737xIf you’re into gardening, the lure of green pastures and history of the Shaker Seeds is enough to spark an interest in finding out about Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and the lifestyle that made it a thriving agricultural community. Preservation of our natural heritage gets to be more critical each year, as development reaches out beyond city boundaries. This is a place to hike, ride horses, find wildlife.

From the Dixie Belle rides and blue heron rookery tour on the Kentucky River, up the palisades to the historic village and farm where music— brass band, chamber orchestra, and a new weekend of local craft beer and bluegrass — rings out, special events at this Kentucky treasure abound. I just had breakfast with the babies there, with kids (human) and kids (goat), and an entire contingent of other small wonders. There are candlelight garden dinners, with vegetables picked fresh from the adjacent field, as well as an antique and harvest festivals. You can check out the entire Event Listing by clicking here.

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Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

DSC09345xPantone’s choice for Color of the Year in 2014 is Radiant Orchid. So perfectly in tune with the exotic warmth orchids offer, the choice brings a bright note to January’s chill.  Watch what Pantone’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman has to say about this vibrant selection:

Celebrate National Moth Week 7.20-7.28 … and Peterson Field Guide to Moths

DSC08402xMidsummer flutterers for amateur nature lovers: moths make quite an interesting study.  Click here to read more… NATIONAL MOTH WEEK.

 

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HerbFest at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens August 3

 
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Hosts its first HerbFest!

Saturday, August 3 2013

9am-1pm

Curious about how to grow, harvest, or cook with herbs?
Looking for some new and exciting ways to involve herbs in your life? Well, Yew Dell has the perfect opportunity for you to
get in touch with your “inner herb”.

Local and regional experts will host informal information sessions

and demonstrations in the kitchen and in the garden.

Guest experts will include:

In the Kitchen:

Stephen Lee – The Herbmeister cooking demo

Williams-Sonoma representative cooking demo

Herbal vinegar sampling

In the Garden:

Peggy Theineman

Crafting with herbs

Vertical gardening with herbs

Q & A with Yew Dell’s Garden Manager

Speak with experts from Old Thyme Loghouse Farm on lavender

This event is free with regular admission.

We hope to see you here! 

For more information, call 502-241-4788 or visit Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

Save the Monarchs: Plant Milkweed

MonarchMilkweed

Why are there fewer and fewer butterflies each year? One big problem for the migrating monarch population is a loss of habitat … You can help by planting milkweed!

Click here MONARCHS for details …

 

 

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