pennyroyal-gardenHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (6/2/14) — For the sixteenth year, the Pennyroyal Herb Club will present a Spring Garden Tour as a community service.

Visitors may see a total of seven different gardens with several of them located at historic homes. This year’s tour is Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to1 p.m. and tickets are available on tour day at the Laffoon Log Cabin, 107 Union Street, where the Historical Society of Hopkins County will have free tours in the log cabin and the newly renovated museum on that day. Also at that site, there is a plant sale where club members sell home-grown perennials and herbs from their own gardens.

Another site with strong community interests is Twin Maples Organics near Anton. This year, it will display the High Tunnel, a portable greenhouse structure for raising plants. The site is a large Community Supported Agriculture Farm that provides Farmers’ Market customers and CSA partnerships with the highest quality of organic produce and offers farm experiences for the community.

This year, the gardens are easy to find; five of them are located on the east side of Madisonville within six blocks of each other and two are at Anton. One city garden reminds us of a formal English garden with a fountain as a focal point, hedging, brick walkways, urns and symmetrical borders. Another beautiful formal- type garden, which is also a bird sanctuary, features sculptures made of recycled metal.

Many pieces of antique garden art made by the owner of one of the historic homes adds to another attractive garden which is in bloom throughout the year. Nearby, the new owners of this home have recently renovated the gardens with new walkways, arbors, fish ponds and much more.

The huge garden at Anton features favorite herbs, perennials, vines and shrubs as well as many rare and unique plants. This year, the site is featuring many kinds of daylilies and two daylily club members to answer questions about them.

Tickets ($6) for the June 7 event may be purchased in advance at several local gift or garden shops: Metcalfe’s Garden Center on Princeton Road, Exotic Florists on South Main St. and Barbie Hunt’s Studio downtown.

On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at the Laffoon Log Cabin or at any garden on the tour.

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