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Spring ushers in a chance to help plant

Since 1999, Reforest the Bluegrass, an ecological restoration effort jointly sponsored by Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Water Quality, Urban Forestry and Parks & Recreation programs, has been encouraging volunteers to dig in and replant riparian zone buffers around waterways, using native tree species.

This year, you can help plant some of the 5,000 seedlings needed at Jacobson Park. Lunch and a T-shirt are provided. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m April 19th. Pre-register by calling LexCall at 311, or (859) 425-2255. For more information call (859) 425-2820, or e-mail jsaylor@lfucg.com. The Web site is www.lfucg.com/streets/08reforest.asp.

Springhouse gardens seminars

According to the National Gardening Association, April is National Garden Month. Springhouse Gardens at 6041 Harrodsburg Road in Jessamine County is offering a series of Saturday seminars featuring a variety of gardening interests. At 11 a.m. Saturday wire art topiaries is the topic. There are a surprising number of wire forms on the grounds, including large horses and whimsical hanging monkeys. Then at 1 p.m., there will be a Tree Walk & Talk through the grounds. Named as one of Today's Garden Center's Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers for 2008, Springhouse Gardens is constantly evolving as a model for what you can do to landscape your home gardens. Find more information on upcoming events at their Web site, springhousegardens.com.

An exceptional American garden

Have you visited Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood? Yew Dell is a botanical garden that was once the estate of commercial nurseryman Theodore Klein. The Garden Conservancy (gardenconservancy.org), an organization dedicated to preserving exceptional American gardens, has named it a Partnership Garden.

A good time to take a look at Yew Dell would be during their sale of unusual and rare plants, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 27. The event also features local garden market vendors, children's activities and tours. Unless you're a member, regular admission fees apply. For more information, call (502) 241-4788, or check out the Web site at YewDellGardens.org.

Photo exhibit of local historic architecture

The Warwick Foundation and the Lexington Public Library have joined to present a photographic exhibition of local architecture dating from the Civil War until the early 1900s. The ”Bluegrass Victorian“ exhibit runs through May 18th at the Central Library Gallery, 140 East Main Street. A lecture by Patrick Snadon, an architectural historian from the University of Cincinnati and co-author of The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 13th in the Central Library Theater, followed by a reception. Cost is $15. Call 231-5559.

Garden auction of perennials, trees, shrubs

Just in time for spring planting, the folks who grow your Christmas trees now will provide a variety of perennials, balled and burlapped landscape trees and shrubs for auction at 10 a.m. April 26th in the front parking lot of the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Rd.

Invading emerald ash borer on the border

If you're deciding which trees to plant this year, keep in mind that ash may not be the best choice.

In 2002, a beetle called the emerald ash borer was identified as an exotic invasive species in Michigan. Since then, this destructive insect has spread through Ohio, and was discovered in West Virginia last year, despite control efforts.

To date, none have been found in Kentucky.

The adult beetles are about ½ inch long, and have a shiny, emerald green body; although they look like little gems, they destroy ash trees.

Arborist B.G. Hubbs of Community Tree Care says it's a good idea to heed the local entomologists warnings, noting ”You can kiss your ash goodbye.“