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Kilgore tour includes premier Louisville gardens

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By Sarah Berkshire

THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE

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Five premier Louisville gardens and two homes will be open for viewing Saturday and Sunday during the 12th annual Kilgore House and Garden Tour.

The gardens at Oxmoor Estate, also known as the historic Bullitt Estate, are the centerpiece of the tour. The gardens include a 100-year-old stand of pines and other trees, a rose garden, perennial border garden and a color-coordinated shrub bed, according to the tour website.

Guest also can take in the landscape created by a Kentucky master gardener on Tristan Road. The property includes a fish pond, a variety of trees, four shade gardens and a small vegetable garden.

At Lyndon Cottage, on Hurstbourne Club Lane, the tour takes guests through the gardens and part of the home, a Georgian Revival listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gardens feature a rose arbor alley and rose garden, a cutting garden and a rare Eastern white bud tree.

At a the fourth property, next to the 10th green of Hurstbourne Country Club, highlights include a Koi pond and fountain, statuary, Tennessee slate walkways, handmade iron gates, herb garden and a wide variety of trees and plantings.

In addition, the owners of Soldier’s Retreat, on Seaton Springs Parkway, will open their gardens and part of their home to tour guests. The property includes a spring house and family cemetery that were part of the original estate, built in 1793, and a reconstructed version of the two-story four-square home, which was damaged by an earthquake and lightning in the 1800s and later demolished, according to Kilgore House and Garden Tour literature.

The properties are located near Oxmoor Center on Louisville’s east side. All are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The tour is self-guided and tickets are $30. Tickets are available during tour hours at Oxmoor Estate and in advance online and at certain outlets in Louisville. For more information, go to www.kilgoregardentour.org.

All proceeds from tickets sales, raffle ticket sales, plant sales and sponsorships benefit the Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center, which provides mental health and counseling services to patients in the Louisville area. In the last 11 years, the tour has raised $127,000 for the center.