11th Annual Blooming Bardstown Garden Tour and Marketplace
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
317 S Third St, Bardstown, KY
Come see what’s new at the 11th Annual Blooming Bardstown Garden Tour and Marketplace being held June 7, 2014 in Bardstown, KY. Six fabulous private gardens and a walking tour of downtown Bardstown gardens are on this year’s self-guided tour that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Ponds with peaceful waterfalls, vegetable gardens, creative outdoor “rooms,” container gardening, sun and shade gardens, and comfortable outdoor dining areas are included on this year’s tour of selected gardens in Bardstown and Nelson County. There will also be such features as pergolas, rain barrels, ornamental grasses, multi-level decks, wooded paths and enough garden art to keep you smiling all day. Local artists will be creating their artwork in each garden. Also on the tour will be a demonstration garden at the Nelson County Extension Office, 317 S. Third, which is where the tour begins.
The Marketplace will be open at the Extension Office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The purchase of a tour ticket is not necessary to enjoy the events taking place at the Marketplace. Visitors can purchase garden tour tickets, grab a bite to eat, sign up for the door prize and check out informational exhibits on garden related topics. Guests will be able to submit their bids in the silent auction. Items available for bid in the silent auction include three one-hour plane rides for up to three people, a one-night stay for eight at the Bernheim Lake House, a barrelhead clock, three bird baths, garden shears, gift baskets from the local distilleries, handcrafted garden art, plenty of gift certificates from generous contributors, tickets to various Kentucky attractions and much, much more. Also included in this year’s auction is the day lily that the Master Gardeners had created and named for Officer Jason Ellis who was shot and killed in the line of duty last May. Proceeds from the winning bid on the day lily will go to the Ellis family.
Local vendors will offer one-of-a-kind antiques and handmade, recycled and unique garden items for sale in addition to salsas, soaps and services. The Kentucky Home Master Gardeners, who sponsor the event, will be selling annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, houseplants, and flower seeds at the Marketplace. They will also be selling hand-crafted items for the garden such as birdhouses, birdbaths, stepping stones, and uniquely planted containers along with gardening magazines and books and wonderfully creative yard art. In addition, local artists will be selling their garden-inspired artwork.
Tour tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day-of-tour and $7 for groups of 10 or more at the Extension Office at 317 S. Third and the Tourist Commission at One Court Square in Bardstown, KY.
Check out pictures of past garden tours and the items that are up for bid at the silent auction at Facebook.com/Blooming Bardstown Garden Tour and Marketplace. For more information, call the Extension Office at 502-348-9204.