Wednesday, April 17, 2013



a mans hand holding a dogwood white blosom
If it is spring in Kentucky then we are all out in our yards planting, pruning and getting ready for the big show...DERBY of course. Frost could still happen until the second weekend in May but no matter, everyone will have the annuals out by the first Saturday in May.

Two of my favorite places to go for new plants and garden plants and  fun decorations are:
Wallitches Nursery on Hikes Lane in Louisville and Hidden Hill Nursery and Sculpture Garden in Utica Indiana. Both are great places for information and inspiration.  Hidden Hill Nursery's owner Bob Hill welcomes tour groups and is available to lead tours of the enchanting gardens "dispensing great garden wisdom and rambling garden nonsense in mostly equal parts"
I just found the most beautiful poppy at Hidden Hill. I have been trying to grow these for 40 years! I once had a small grouping that were just getting going when my gardener pulled them up thinking they were weeds!
For hours and more information go to and

And this weekend is the kick off of the DERBY FESTIVALThunder Over Louisville, one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country is the Saturday on the riverfront in Louisville. The weather is going to be nice so it is best to arrive early to get a good spot. There is plenty of entertainment and food available or you can bring your own picnic.

There is an event each day right up to the DERBY. The  Balloon Festival, Derby Parade and The Great Steamboat Race are three of my favorites. To check out all of the events and find times and locations go to