The Tour

The 2018 Kilgore House & Garden Tour will feature five of Louisville’s premier gardens along with two beautiful homes.

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Garden # 1 • 1406 Northwind Road – WILL CALL LOCATION

This hillside lot gave owners Cindy and Garry Harris some challenges to overcome when designing their landscaping and gardens.  Garry, “determined to have a pond” made it happen by placing it at the same level as the home’s rear elevation.  Now he vies with a Blue Heron to protect the fish!  Good planning has made use of the hillside above to provide fabulous views of the gardens from inside the home. A sculpture by Mary Dennis Kannapell greets patrons outside the screened porch.

Built 35 years ago, and recently remodeled, the home includes a first floor master with bath and California closet.  The closet has a center cabinet where luggage can be easily unloaded to the nearby washer and dryer, an important feature for frequent travelers.

The family room, or more correctly the “Kentucky” room, features University of Kentucky memorabilia, a sculpture of horses, a bourbon collection and basketballs signed by coaches back to Joe B. Hall.  A large painting, “The Circus” by Joyce Garner, depicts the U.L. vs U.K basketball game on the occasion of Rick Pitino’s first time back at U. of L.

DIRECTIONS: From Hwy. 42, take Moccasin Trail, bear right and follow to East  Wind Road.  Turn Right on Northwind

PARKING: On Street parking


Garden #2 • 7112 Covered Bridge Road

Restoration of this 1861 Italianate home has been a dream of owners Bruce Hardy and David Power for 9 years.  Once known as the James Trigg mansion, the beautifully manicured 8 ½ acres has been home to several of Louisville’s prominent families.  Willie Snow Ethridge wrote her books here.  Plants and trees range from ancient to the newly planted. Working from original plans, the Olmsted gardens have been restored and given new life with Fred Wiche daylilies, and newly grafted plants by garden designer Chris Summers. A koi pond highlights the front garden that leads to the swimming pool.   An outdoor fireplace with seating areas are newer additions to the entertainment areas. Patrons might want to enjoy the walking path that surrounds the entire property.

Restoring the interior has also been a labor of love. Two original marble fireplaces can be seen in the living room.  The original crystal chandelier graces the dining room, along with smaller ones designed to match.   A modern kitchen has been added, just off the fabulous, inviting veranda.

DIRECTIONS: U.S. Hwy. 42 to Covered Bridge Road ( Hwy.329 in Prospect)

PARKING: Follow signs to parking


Garden # 3 • 5601 Largo Lane

Robert and Carolyne Breeden began working on their Cottage Style Perennial gardens in 1993 with four goals in mind. First to surround the house with flowers, trees, and shrubs as well as locate a koi pond, swing arbor, bird feeders, tea cottage, and chicken coop! (Yes, even the chicken coop). Next to incorporate a challenging landscape: a sloping yard, a variety of mature trees, and lots of rocks! Third, to have blooming flowers year round, and last but just as important, include the wildlife. They are proud to say with many bird houses, bird baths, bird feeders, and correct food plants for various wildlife, plus two acres of undeveloped natural woodlands, they have been designated a National Wildlife Habitat since 2002.


DIRECTIONS: Snyder Freeway to La Grange Road (Hwy. 146 East) to Ash Ave. (Hwy 362 in PeeWee Valley) Turn Right (south) 1.3 mi. to Hawley Gibson Road, left .9 mi. to Ranada (Car Nae Estates) to Largo Lane. 5601 will be just ahead.

To Burkhead home: 
From Renada, turn left on Hawley Gibson to Ash (362)left 2.1 mi . to Stop sign. Turn left .5 mi. at the entrance to Persimmon Ridge, left to first left—Sycamore Hills Court. 211 is at the end of the street

PARKING: On street parking


Garden # 4 • 211 Sycamore Hills Court

Bordering the golf course has given Terry Burkhead an “opportunity” to extend her gardening and landscaping talents to areas surrounding her already exuberant garden areas. Visitors are greeted by blooming annuals with hydrangeas, peonies, astilbe, daylilies, phlox, and a variety of trees including golden redwood, Canadian choke cherry, weeping cherry, Forest Pansy and Hearts of Gold redbuds, pink dogwoods, and Kousa dogwood. Continuing around the home are areas of shade plants including many varieties of hosta, fern, helebore, rogersia, arelia, Japanese forest grass, epimedium, ligularia, and many other shade and native woodland plants. Modern art ceramic “totems” by Mike and Laverne Cook add interest and year round color. A stone "lady face" sculpture by Atlanta artist, Christine Sibley, and iron planter highlight an outside wall of the house. Decorative ironwork includes custom window iron by Bluegrass Ironworks, iron entry gates from Joe Ley antiques, and various other iron pieces collected over the years. A large fountain provides a centerpiece and restful background to experience Terry’s “Tee Garden”.


Snyder Freeway to Old Henry – Exit (29)
Left (east) to Bush Farm Road (becomes Aiken Road)
Continue 3.3 miles to Persimmon Ridge Drive
Left, then  left at Sycamore Hills Court
211 is at end of the street on the left


Garden #5 •  1120 S. English Station Road

A spectacular vista of a lovely 1½ acre quarry lake highlighted by a fleur-di- lis fountain, and flanked by two waterfalls on the quarry wall, invites patrons to relax a moment. Owner Charlotte Smith, with the help of Jeff Skelton of Otte’s has turned her love of landscaping into a virtual park. “Monet’s garden” inspired the bridge to walking paths and multiple restful seating areas surrounded by native plantings. A variety of sculpture provides a feast for the eyes. “Hardy Orchids” adorn the newly constructed bird sanctuary with stone retaining wall and privacy berm.

Snyder Freeway to Shelbyville Rd. East exit. Turn left to top of hill, (3rd light), then Right on S. English Station Road, 1 ½ miles. Follow signs to Poplar Rd

 PARKING: Follow signs to parking