Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate
Sycamore Road, Lexington
, KY 40502 (859)266-8581.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research
- The gardens are but a glorious
remnant of the original 600 acre estate, yet are true to the tastes of Ashland's
first owners, Henry and Lucretia Clay. The formal garden, a six parterre garden,
features boxwood hedges and roses, while a second garden showcases hybrid
: State Highway 245 (14 miles west of Bardstown, across from the Jim
Beam Distillery), Clermont
, KY 40110 (502)955-8512.
Big Bone Gardens
- Two thousand acres of the 14,000 acres are open to the public with 20 miles of hiking paths,
of which 250 acres is an Olmstead-designed arboretum exhibiting over 18,000
plants (1,800 labeled) and 15 acres of gardens. Special collections includes
hollies, beech, conifers, nut trees, crabapples and ginkgoes. The Quiet Garden,
perennials, works of sculpture, a water lily pond, a small nature museum,
animal, game and turtle pens, a labeled nature trail and a waterfowl refuge are
: Kentucky 338 (across from Big Bone
Lick State Park), Union
, KY (859) 384-1949.
Boone County Arboretum
- This six acre private garden,
including seven water gardens, herb gardens, a gnome garden and other theme
gardens, is generously open to the public on weekends during the growing season.
: 9190 Camp
Ernst Road, Union
, KY 41091 (859) 384-4999.
- The Arboretum encompasses 121 acres
with over 2 miles of paved walking trails winding through the collection of
2,700 trees and shrubs. Special attractions include the Children's Garden,
Butterfly Garden, Trial Gardens, a Wildlife Viewing area in the Native Kentucky
Prairie, and a new Woodland Walking Trail. Broadmoor Gardens and
Conservatory: US 60 East, Irvington, KY 40146 (270)547-4200. A visit to the
Kukenhoff Gardens in Holland was the inspiration for this lovely and varied
garden, which includes water gardens, a tropical plant conservatory, a rock
garden, animal topiaries, an iris garden, a lily garden, an all-white moon
garden and a two-mile trail through wildflower meadows.
Brown-Pusey House and
: 128 North Main, Elizabethtown
, KY 42701 (270)765-2515.
- General Custer slept at this fine example of Federal architecture. The
landscaped garden in the rear of the house was a gift to the community.
: 3033 Bardstown
, KY 40205 (502)452-9920.
- Abraham Lincoln slept at this historic
plantation, designed by Thomas Jefferson.
West Lawn, State Capitol Grounds, Capitol Avenue, Frankfort
, KY 40601
Hunt Morgan House
- Alternanthera and Santolina foliage plants decorate the
face of this remarkable attraction. The planter is 34 feet in diameter and
weighs 200,000 pounds. The minute hand is 20½ feet long and weighs 530 pounds
while the hour hand is 15½ feet long and weighs 420 pounds. Time weighs heavy in
201 N. Mill Street, Lexington
, KY 40507 (859)233-3290.
Kentucky Public Rose Garden
- This Federal-style house
is a living museum representing the days when Lexington was known as the "Athens
of the West" for its highly cultured lifestyle. A small "city" garden with a
bridge gazebo graces the premises.
Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center
937 Phillips Lane (Near Junction of I-65 and I-264), Louisville
, KY 40209
- This All America Rose Selections accredited garden maintained by
the Louisville Rose Society
displays 1500 rose plants representing 98 varieties. The garden is located in
front of the West Wing of the Center.
: 833 West Main Street, Lexington
, KY 40508
- This 170 nationally recognized arboretum and cemetery, serving as
a public park in the late 1800s, features a sunken garden and a three-acre
flower garden. The tree walk features 42 of the 200 different species of trees
found within the grounds.
: 218 Wilkinson Street, Frankfort
, KY 40601 (502)227-2560.
grounds of this elegant Federal-style mansion contain the largest formal boxwood
garden in Kentucky. Comprising nearly 3 acres, it showcases beautiful perennial
and annual borders.
Historic Home Museum
: 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville
, KY 40207
- This 1790 Georgian mansion situated on 55 rolling acres up river
from Louisville, showcases elegant formal quadrant gardens, cutting gardens and
an herb garden.
: 578 West Main, Lexington
, KY 40501 (859)233-9999.
McDowell House Apothecary and Gardens
late-Georgian-style brick house, where Abraham Lincoln's future wife was raised,
displays a newly created period formal garden with perennials and herbs.
125 South 2nd Street, Danville
, KY 40422 (859)236-2804.
My Old Kentucky Home
- The home of a pioneer
apothecary includes, naturally, medicinal herb gardens and a wildflower garden.
: 501 E. Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown
, KY 40004-0323
Mystic Waters and Gardens at Honeysuckle Cottage:
- Stephen Foster visited his cousins at this stately
1818 mansion and wrote the ballad for which this park is named. The
beautiful grounds (285 acres) include formal gardens.
4002 US 60 East,
, KY 42064. (270)704-1027.
Nannine Clay Wallis
- Surrounding Honeysuckle Cottage, a rental lodging, this 3 acre cottage garden with 2 water features
and unique plantings is located on a working farm.
: 616 Pleasant Street, Paris
, KY 40361 (859)987-6158.
Cottage and Gardens
- The Garden
Club of Kentucky is headquartered at this four-acre arboretum. Seventy varieties
of trees, including many varieties of flowering dogwoods, a fish pool, a rose
garden and numerous flowering plants grace the site.
: 2806 Newburg Road, Louisville
, KY 40205
Scotts County Native
- This inn, on a 6.5 acre oasis in the city, offers 200 year old
trees, 3 ponds, a Japanese garden, a hosta collection featuring over 125
varieties, and numerous perennials.
: Main Street and Giddings Drive,
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
- This half acre garden emphasizing native flora displays formal
perennial gardens that include a butterfly and hummingbird garden, a prairie and
savanna garden, a prairie medicinals garden and a woodland medicinals garden.
3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg
, KY 40330 (800)734-5611.
University of Kentucky
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Arboretum
- This restored Shaker
community, consisting of 33 restored buildings and 2,800 acres of original land,
exhibits herb and vegetable gardens as they might have been in the 19th century.
: Alumni Drive,
, KY 40506-0033 (859)257-6955.
State Historic Site
- The 100-acre site includes a 2 acre home
demonstration garden (ornamental and edible plants), the Walk Across Kentucky (a
two-mile trail displaying native flora of the seven physiographic areas of
Kentucky), a rose garden (with over 500 rose bushes of numerous varieties and
ornamental grasses), and a restored 16-acre savannah woodland called Walnut
Woods. Planned for the future are a Visitor's and Education Center, additional
gardens, an amphitheater, a lake and a children's garden. "Yours to enjoy all
: 225 Waveland Museum Road, Lexington
, KY 40514-1601
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden:
- This impressive Greek Revival mansion, built in 1847 and now a
living history museum, displays antebellum herb and flower gardens on its 10
acres of lovely grounds.
25 Carter Road,
, KY (270)852-8925.
- This wonderful botanical garden, begun in 1993,
offers 9 acres of gardens including Watkin's Allee, a Rose Garden (250 roses), the Mary Takahashi Japanese Memorial Garden, the Moonlight Children's Garden
(with a Butterfly garden, a Zoo garden, a Pizza garden, a gourd teepee, raised elevated vegetable gardens and a maze of China Girl Hollies),
a Daylily Garden (350 different cultivars), an Iris Garden (with fountain), the Historic Doctor's Building (showcasing the historic practice of
herb medicine), the Fruit and Berry Garden, the Gazebo, the Herb Garden (including medicinal, tea, culinary, fragrant, dye, a Peony walk and a Knot Garden plus
an armillary sundial and a border of yews, Canadian hemlocks, Foster hollies, Northern Bayberry and boxwood), a sculpture of a praying mantis,
the Joanne Field Weller Memorial Garden, the GG Talbott Memorial, the Pond and Native Plant area (complete with frogs, snakes, turtles, muskrats, many insects, and a
wildflower area), the Luettgen Ericaceous Garden (azaleas and Rhododendrons), the Ornamental Grass Garden, the University of Kentucky Experimental
Garden, the Red, White and Blue Garden, various Seasonal Gardens, and Historic Trees. Future gardens include a garden for the developmentally disabled,
an English Cottage Garden, a Native plant garden, a Shade garden and a Pinetum.
Whitehall House and
: 3110 Lexington Road, Louisville
, KY 40206 (502)897-2944.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
- This 1855
Classic Revival antebellum mansion on just under 10 acres includes an extensive
Florentine garden including an Entrance Garden, the Ralph Archer Woodland
Garden, Annie's Garden and the Formal Garden.
6220 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood
, KY 40014 (502)241-4788.
Yew Dell is a nationally-recognized center of gardening and sustainable horticulture that offers extensive display gardens
including an Arboretum (with collections of dogwood, beech and holly),
the Big Pine Garden, the Dry Stream Garden, the Greenhouse Terrace, the Overlook Gardens
(featuring perennials that thrive in hot dry weather),
the Secret Garden (with a holly allee, featuring ferns, camellias, lenten roses and hardy giners), the Serpentine Garden
(the evergreens are the historical core of the gardens), the Sunken Garden (with plants gathered from the Himilayas to the desert Southwest), the Nurseries (including unique
plants from around Kentucky and from all over the world), the Vegetable Gardens, and the Walled Garden (a traditional English garden
with walls of beautiful local limestone). The gardens also showcase elements of Kentucky's rural heritage and modern, cutting-edge architecture.