May 26, 2011 8:55 AM

Day Tripper: Bernheim Forest, Yew Dell Gardens offer soothing respites

Gardens are a passion of mine. When I lived in New Orleans, I frequently would make the two-hour drive to spend an afternoon in the antebellum splendor of Bellingrath Gardens near Mobile, Ala. Now that I'm in Lexington, whenever I want to think, I head for The Arboretum or the gardens at Ashland. I confess to a deep longing to see the green space in the middle of downtown turned into a lovely garden. I think an oasis of plants and trees — rather than another pile of bricks and mortar — is what the city needs.

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