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Couple combined styles for garden on Woodford tour

Loretta Hafley said she and her husband, Grant, built this pond in their back yard, using stones they found on their property in Versailles.
Loretta Hafley said she and her husband, Grant, built this pond in their back yard, using stones they found on their property in Versailles.

Grant and Loretta Hafley of Versailles have not let the deluge of spring rains dampen the beauty of their back-yard garden.

The Hafleys, who are professional garden designers and owners of Grant's Lawn and Garden, will open their beautifully landscaped gardens May 14 for the second annual Woodford County Woman's Club's Spring Garden Tour.

Their garden at 305 South Main Street is a combination of English and Italian styles, Loretta Hafley said.

"It's structured and casual," she said.

The Hafleys have lived in the historical house for 12 years, and the garden "has just developed" over time. "Other than the 350-year-old tree in the front yard, and the other big trees here, there's been no landscaping at all. We've done the entire thing."

The Hafleys have used stones from an old stone wall and various sizes of plants to design the garden.

"It's not just about the color," she said. "People have a hard time with that. Most people place their garden around the perimeter of their yard. They are not able to imagine different areas. You should be able to stand in one spot and do a 360-degree turn. With every five- or 10-degree turn, you should have a completely new experience."

Even the Hafleys' vegetable garden is designed with an artist's eye. It's all about size and shape and design.

Eight gardens and one historical home are on the tour. Other stops include:

■ The administrative office building's gardens and grounds at Winstar Farm, home of last year's Derby winner, Super Saver.

■ Four acres of land on historic Pisgah Pike with a garden that incorporates a diverse collection of annuals and perennials and a conservatory that's home to many tropical plants.

■ An heirloom cutting garden that embraces ancestral roses.

■ A landscape garden set amid dry-laid stone walls along a water feature incorporating a historical millstone.

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