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Lexington’s Ashland neighborhood shows off porches and gardens on tour

Susan and Chuck Creacy’s home at 220 Irvine Rd. is one of the homes scheduled to be part of the Ashland Neighborhood Association's Porch and Garden tour on June 5, in Lexington, Ky., Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
Susan and Chuck Creacy’s home at 220 Irvine Rd. is one of the homes scheduled to be part of the Ashland Neighborhood Association's Porch and Garden tour on June 5, in Lexington, Ky., Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Flowers, swings or multi-colored ornaments can be found scattered about the front porches of the Ashland neighborhood, and on Sunday the public will have the chance to appreciate them for themselves.

The Ashland Neighborhood Association is hosting a Porch & Garden Tour after nearly five years of the tour being dormant.

Betsy Herrington, a real estate agent at Red Door Real Estate, is planning to show her front porch during the tour.

Herrington has lived in the Ashland neighborhood for 14 years and has loved living in the area, she said. The front porches in the neighborhood is part of what makes Ashland unique, she said. For Herrington, front porches are an extension of the home and signal sociability and openness.

“If you’re sitting on your front porch it says ‘come visit’,” she said.

While Herrington said the front porches in the neighborhood aid in giving it a unique air, she also said there wasn’t a single thing on her porch that sets her apart from equally amazing porches in the area.

“As a real estate agent, I know a lot of people are charmed by a front porch,” Herrington said.

The Porch & Garden Tour is an easy way for people to showcase their Ashland houses without the hustle and bustle of having 100 people in their living rooms, said Andrew Smith, president of the neighborhood association.

About 15 residents are participating in the tour, said Smith. His garden will be part of the tour. Smith said he and his wife are excited to be showcasing the work that has gone into their new garden, which was installed last year. He expressed particular pride in the crepe myrtles and magnolias which adorn the garden. They also recently had an older garden gate installed.

“A lot of people are really proud of their gardens,” said Smith. “I’ve gotten a lot of long write ups by people about their gardens, specifically who designed them, how old they are and stuff like that.”

The area know as Ashland Park was designed by the Olmstead Brothers Firm, founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects and designer of New York’s Central Park and Louisville’s park system. The historic designation of Ashland Park includes approximately two-thirds of the Ashland Neighborhood Association and the entirety of the adjacent Ashland Park Neighborhood Association.

The Ashland Neighborhood Association is a non-profit association incorporated in 1986. Their mission is to enhance the neighborhood as an area of creativity and preserve its historic and unique character.

Andrew Henderson: 859-231-3197, @a_henderson1864

Ashland Neighborhood Association Porch & Garden Tour

When: 2 to 5 p.m., June 5

Where: Ashland Neighborhood. Register by the statue at the intersection of Fincastle and McDowell Road. Proceeds will go toward neighborhood improvements

Cost: $5 per adult, children free

More info: http://ashlandneighborhoodassociation.org/

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