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Blooming Bardstown

The back yard of every home holds surprises disclosing the owner’s personality and his or her unique “take” on the natural world. Peek inside several private gardens on Blooming Bardstown, Bardstown’s annual garden tour, on June 6.

About 10 gardens, mostly private, are featured. They range in scale from country estates of many acres to compact yards in the Downtown Historic District.

The main purpose of the tour, says Robert Smith, Nelson County Extension agent for horticulture, is education. “We want to inspire people to garden. The tour shows what can be done on properties of various sizes, and visitors can discover new plants and learn about new techniques.”

Visitors get firsthand answers to their questions from the homeowners and expert advice from Extension-certified Master Gardeners who also are hosts at each tour location.

Vendors as well as Master G’s, a Master Gardener booth, will sell garden-inspired items from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and will be located at the Farmers Market in downtown Bardstown. Goody bags will be given to the first 100 visitors who come by and drawings will be held for door prizes. The regular Saturday Farmers Market will also be under way, with seasonal fresh-picked produce for sale by local growers from 7 a.m.-noon.

The tour runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $10 and are sold the day of the tour starting at 8 a.m. at Master G’s booth at the Farmers Market, 200 E. Flaget Avenue. For more information call (502) 348-9204.

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