The Tour

The 2017 Kilgore House & Garden Tour will feature five of Louisville’s premier gardens along with two beautiful homes.

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Garden # 1 • 322 Zorn Ave, #7 – WILL CALL LOCATION


Entering through the garden gate to this Crescent Hill Condo leaves no doubt as to the owner’s favorite color.  Sweet Bay Magnolia and Dogwood play second fiddle to the red flowers, ferns and “yard-art” in the court yard, and on the patio.

Colors in the kitchen—Red, White and Black, set the tone for the décor throughout the unit.  Margaret Schneider’s clever decorating incorporates a number of collections, and interesting art work. Don’t miss the downstairs party room.

DIRECTIONS: U.S. Hwy. 42 to Zorn Avenue (North—across from entry to Crescent Hill golf Course)

PARKING: On Street parking; A few spaces may be available in parking lot.  Follow signs to Courtyard entry


Garden #2 • 1918 Charbdin Place


Springhill at Charbdin is located on 7 acres of wooded land bordered by the Muddy Fork of Beargrass Creek and near the site of the old gristmill of the Locust Grove Plantation.  The house, designed and built by Jack Pruitt, was completed in 1978.  The dry stone walls, limestone steps, brick pool decking and brick porch were added in 2002.  Dr. Boram maintains several gardens that include a spring fruit and vegetable garden, Hosta garden, a small fern garden, a summer vegetable garden and a four-season flower garden.  Mrs. Boram oversees a greenhouse, which houses a variety of tropical and subtropical plants.  A wildflower path winds through the wooded property.  Cherry ,Peach and Medlar trees provide fruit and jams and desserts.

-Blankenbaker Lane to the South entrance of Riverwood.
-Continue on main road—Camargo—to stop sign at Round Ridge Road. Turn left.
-Follow Round Ridge Road to Charbdin stop sign.  Turn  right to  Charbdin Court.
-1918 Charbdin Place is on Right of cul de sac.   Take shuttle to top of hill.


Garden & Home # 3 • 6100 Longview Lane


WHAT WILL HE THINK OF NEXT?  Owners, author Sue Grafton and garden enthusiast Steve Humphrey, have come up with another type of garden to enchant us.  The new “Scent” garden in the area of the former tennis court, will be a new experience for garden patrons.  Steve has surrounded the property with Viburnum.  Sweet Bay Magnolia, David Austin Roses, Lavender, Yarrow, Itoh Peonies, YlangYlang trees, Plumeria, Gardenia, are just a few of the wonderful fragrant items he has selected.

Espaliered Apple and Pear trees enhance the entrance to the home.  The statue of David; the Fountain Garden designed by Bryant Fleming in 1934; the Knot Gardens with the Four Seasons statues; and the Maze can be enjoyed on the west side of the estate. The gate at the right side of the home leads to the green house with koi pond, and many tropical plants. Don’t miss the chickens!  The north side of the property has been planted as a vegetable garden.  Be sure to visit the Shade Garden with many varieties of Hosta, and other shade-loving plants.

DIRECTIONS: River Road to Longview Lane

PARKING: follow signs to parking area.


Garden & Home # 4 • 5804 Brittany Woods Circle

After only fifteen years, this lovely corner lot boasts a number of beautiful trees, including Willow Oak, 3 Amur Maples, European Beech, Chestnut Oak, Bur Oak and Dogwood.  Entering through the arbor with climbing roses, guests will enjoy the Shade garden, surrounded by Pine and Hemlock. There are 50 varieties of Hosta, and 25 kinds of fern. A variety of shade loving perennials co-exist with native wildflowers. An unusual evergreen tree (Cryptomeria Radicans) dominates this area.

Viburnum and Oak leaf Hydrangea line the inside of the iron fence which surrounds the property, giving privacy as well as a beautiful lush background to the multiple gardens, created by owner Laura Whitty, along with gardener Betsy Green. Visitors will enjoy the Sun garden with multiple perennials, and the Lily garden.  Crepe Myrtle, Butterfly Bush, Bee Balm, Coneflower and Lobelia are a few of the many  flowers that attract birds and butterflies to their multi-colored blooms. Metal frogs serve as sentinels along the path to the children’s “hideaway” garden in the back corner of the lot.

-Lime Kiln Lane to Brittany Woods Circle.
-From entry, bear right and follow signs to end of street.
-Home is on left.
-On street parking.


Garden & Home #5 •  824 Green Willow Way


This gray English Tudor home nestled in the trees at the end of the cul de sac was designed and built by the owner 26 years ago. The exterior landscape is also of his design.  Inside visitors are welcomed by the playing piano in the Living room.  The Hearth room invites guests to relax and enjoy the large TV and informal seating as they look out a wall of glass into the back yard.  Smokers can enjoy the Cigar room complete with humidor, and it’s own air cleaning system.

Large pots on the deck display annuals along with tropical plants.  Surrounded by mature trees of Ash, Walnut, Black Cherry and other native species, Jack Richardson has created a lovely shade garden in the rear of his home. Blue Giant Hosta and a variety of Ferns surround the Koi pond complete with fountain and waterfall and guarded by sculptures of  frogs.  Everblooming Azalea, Astilbe, Coral Bells, Hydrangea, Pitcher Plant and Orchids bring color to this lush landscape. Follow the Nature Trail of gravel and wood chips through the Bamboo grove to a secluded fountain and seating area at the far rear of the property ending at a pet memorial garden.

-From Shelbyville Road, take Dorsey Lane to Ward Ave.
-Turn right to third Street on right.
-On street parking.