A stroll through The Arboretum promises to hold some extra pizzazz this week, as 65 entries in the annual birdhouse exhibit are displayed along garden trails.
Birds, Baths and More debuts feeders and baths as well as houses this year.
This free, goodwill project for the community draws many visitors and entices contributors who enter year after year because the tweet and flutter of excitement is simply fun. Some, like longtime participant Ed Klee, get quite creative. This year, his entry is titled Church of Still Waters, and you'll discover that it's a play on words.
For others, birdhouses are part of their daily life and business. Landscape designer Ezra Haggard has contributed one of his pottery birdhouses, Red Rocket Wren House. Buckley Hills Audubon Society president Tony Brusate teamed with Wild Birds Unlimited manager Nic Patton to make Barn Owl House. There is a special division for children, and group participation, like this year's submissions from classes at the Lexington Latin School.
In addition to the outdoor exhibit, bird photographs and paintings will be displayed at the visitor center. The public is invited to attend a closing reception, where some of the birdhouses will be sold in a silent auction, and awards will be presented to entrants.
IF YOU GO
'Birds, Baths and More'
What: Annual birdhouse show.
Outdoor Birdhouse Exhibit: Now through June 2; The Arboretum grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk. The visitor center is open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon. through Fri.
Closing Reception: Including silent auction and awards presentation, 2-4 p.m. June 2, at the visitor center.
Where: The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive.
Information: (859) 257-6955, www.ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.
Susan Smith-Durisek is a master gardener and writer from Lexington. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Blog: gardening.bloginky.com.