Garden Dialogues: Kentucky

Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues: Kentucky

Garden Dialogues: Kentucky
Jun 15, 2013 to Jun 16, 2013

On June 15/16, get exclusive access to private gardens in Kentucky and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.


JP Shadley

Saturday, June 15th, 10am to 12pm | Louisville

A: Glenview Bluff Garden
JP Shadley, Shadley Associates Landscape Architects, with artists Craig Kaviar, Don Lawler and Meg White, and Matthew and Karine Maynard

Situated on a bluff 90 feet above the Ohio River, this lush and radiant 35-acre River Road estate combines dramatic, panoramic views with an exquisitely and artfully detailed garden. Individual areas with site-specific art  offer opportunities for bliss and relaxation.


American Life

Saturday, June 15th, 1 to 2:30pm | Louisville

B: American Life Green Roof
Mark K. Wourms, Ph.D., Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

At 17,000 square feet, the green roof atop the Mies van der Rohe-designed American Life and Accident Company headquarters is Louisville’s largest. Along with various sedum cultivars, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest have added three plots to test native plant adaptability to living roof environments.



Joseph Hillenmeyer

Saturday, June 15th, 10:30am to 12pm | Midway

C: Cordray Residence
Joseph Hillenmeyer Garden Design, with Richard McAlister, stone mason

Interconnected garden rooms have been created over the past nine years, ranging from a woodland garden with perennials and flowering shrubs, to formal gardens with fountains and evergreen plantings, all unified with bluestone walks and limestone walls.


William Henkel

Saturday, June 15th, 2 to 3:30pm | Versailles

D: Ashford Stud Farm, Coolmore America
William Henkel of Henkel Denmark

As the Kentucky arm of the Coolmore thoroughbred horse stables that originated in Ireland, Ashford Stud Farm is a horse farm with a focus on plants. Trees, shrubs and perennials are planted in masses to create lush surroundings, privacy and wind breaks. 


Lois Anne Polan

Sunday, June 16th, 9:30 to 11am | Lexington

E: Victory Garden
Lois Anne Polan, with Rebecca Trafton

Formal and fanciful meet in this exuberant escape from everyday life that features 18 varieties of white roses, thousands of spring bulbs, tree wisteria, tree peonies, a serpentine-shaped glass brick wall, many varieties of white lilies, and more.



Sunday, June 16th, 11:30am to 1pm | Lexington

F: Botherum
Jon Carloftis with Dale Fisher, Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens

Centered on a magnificent 150-year-old ginkgo tree, this new urban garden is being created around the historic Botherum mansion. Built in 1851, the eclectically-styled house was once described as “a jewel of architecture which contains the finest interior of its type in existence.”


Mt Brilliant

Sunday, June 16th, 1:30 to 3pm | Lexington

G: Mt. Brilliant
Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens

A fixture on Kentucky’s political and social scene, this 760-acre historic estate is known for its extensive gardens, including a kitchen garden full of berries, herbs and vegetables, a vineyard, a formal English flower garden and pond, and rows of dogwoods and roses. 

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