Here is a selection of major home and garden tours in Central Kentucky and the region:
Ashland Garden Tour and Peony Sale, Lexington. 2-5 p.m. May 6. This tour includes the peonies on the grounds of Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd., and five gardens in the surrounding neighborhood. $10; peonies available for purchase starting at $25. Henryclay.org.
Berea Arts Council's Spring Into Summer Tour. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12. A tour of six gardens, including Mary Startzman's transformation of her ordinary back yard into a retreat where nearly every inch is planted with flowers and ornamental surprises, and Tom Miller's cascading waterfall. Local participants include the Berea Community School, which will be selling 14 varieties of heirloom plants that elementary students have grown in their new greenhouse: $1 each or six for $5. There also is a plant and local crafts sale at the recently renovated train station featuring tobacco stick creations and decorative pots among other items. $12. Bereaartscouncil.org.
Woodford County Woman's Club Spring Garden Tour, Versailles. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12. Eight private gardens, the modern Van Patten-South farm and diverse settings in town, country, formal and casual settings, will open their gates to visitors in a tour to benefit the club's Coats and Shoes for Kids project in Woodford County. Begin at The Little House, 247 Lexington St., Versailles. $20. Woodfordcounty womansclub.org.
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Kilgore House and Garden Tour, Louisville. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19-20. Five gardens and three homes in Louisville's East End are on this self-guided tour, which benefits the Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center. There are stops at the historic Oxmoor Estate gardens; the Soldier's Retreat mansion, built in 1793; and nearby Lyndon Cottage. Tour guests may buy lunch or Sunday brunch at Hurstbourne Country Club. $30. Kilgoregardentour.org.
Crescent Hill Garden Tour, Louisville. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2. Complete with background music, 10 gardens in this Louisville neighborhood will offer ideas, artistic, beautiful and whimsical, from these "kindred spirits of the trowel." $10. Crescenthillgardentour.org.
East Row Garden Walk, Newport. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2-3. Historic and eclectic, this collection of eight gardens runs the gamut from a garden gate in the shape of a harpsichord to a twilight garden with white plants with evening glow power. Be sure to pick up handouts listing each gardener's 10 favorite plants. $15. Eastrowgardenclub.org.
Blooming Bardstown Garden Tour. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5. Local artists will be painting in each of eight garden sites in and around Bardstown, including a prayer garden behind the historic Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral. Visit the plant marketplace at the Nelson County Extension Office, 317 S. Third St. $10. www.ca.uky.edu/Nelson (click on Horticulture; do a keyword search for "Bardstown").
Secret Gardens Tour: Hyde Park, Cincinnati. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 16. The Cincinnati Horticultural Society presents this daylong guided bus tour of six private gardens in historic Hyde Park. $100; includes breakfast, lunch at the Cincinnati Country Club and bus transportation; reservations must be made by June 8. Cincyflowershow.com.
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 7-8. Stroll through Old Louisville, where stately Victorian homes and gardens abound. Walking tours begin at the Conrad-Caldwell House museum, 1402 St. James Ct. $15. Oldlouisvillegardentour.com.