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Kentucky Homes & Gardens May/June 2016 Volume 13 Issue 3

22 On the Cover:

A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON PORCHES Turn to page 22 to see more.


12 Antiques


Mad for Museum Bees

14 Landscapes

Creating Real Value in Your Outdoor Spaces

16 Homescapes


Eclectic Love

18 Gardens


The Ruins Bed & Breakfast

22 Special Feature

A New Perspective on Porches

30 Artist




Answering Life’s Questions with Egyptian Mythology

34 Living By Design 40 Uncommon Living 48 Out of the Ashes 64 Discovering Kentucky


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1 One of Mayer’s appropriately-named Museum Bees rests in a garden while a (curious?) bee hovers nearby. 2 A part of the creative process. 3 Each piece is dated with the intials of the current Kentucky Derby Winner. This year’s ‘Bees’ are initialed AP on the back for American Pharaoh.


Mad for Museum Bees BY JERRY SHROUT

Native Louisvillian Trace Mayer has been in the Art and Antiques Industry since 1992. Originally working for Sotheby’s Auction House in NYC before returning to Louisville to work for a local firm, Bittners. Trace opened a retail shop under his own name in 1997. In recent years Trace developed a line called Museum Bees, which mixes antique frames with “found” objects, creating unique works of art. Following is an interview with Trace about the line.


JS: What gave you the inspiration for creating Museum Bees? TM: It was really an Ah Ha! moment. We handle a lot of artwork, and the frames are critical. I can’t stress that enough, because you can ruin a great painting with the wrong frame. So through the years I have actively bought empty frames for that purpose. The problem is that some of the frames were so magnificent that I hated to throw away the remaining pieces after we cut them down—so I didn’t. It was with one of these really great frames that my assistant Barry mitered the pieces into a square. I added a small gilded bee I collected years earlier in a little shop in Middleburg VA. Then right on cue a friend and a local designer walked in the door and said, “That bee is great—I’ll take it—do you have another? How much?” JS: When did you start Museum Bees? TM: After making them for friends and family with positive response, I put a group together for an antique show in Chicago, in the fall of 2012. We sold out and the business has skyrocketed. We continue to develop our production, variety of designs, and range of ornaments.



4 4 Trace Mayer stands before a wall of his Bees.

JS: Tell me about the connection between the Bees and each Derby winner. TM: I’m a Kentucky native and I wanted to date each piece, so we started marking each piece with the initials of the current Kentucky Derby winner. This years ‘Bees’ have AP on the back for American Pharaoh. Can’t wait to mark our first new Museum Bee May 7th. JS: Museum Bees are created from found objects, such as horse brasses. Tell me a little about the objects you select. TM: I am always searching for new and interesting pieces. The trick for the bees is finding pieces that have an elusive combination of being interesting as well as affordable. While I like the horse brasses a lot, my focus is to work with individual frames to create a unique and interesting pieces. To that end, I will use a variety of ornaments and combinations; both antique and pieces I am casting with a foundry in Rhode Island. Though they are all different, I keep the prices the same at $55/ each. JS: Are the Bees customizable? TM: Absolutely. I encourage people to bring in their keepsakes. I find that most people have a drawer filled with objects of great meaning, but sadly rarely see the light of day. Grandparent’s jewelry, cameos, single earrings, military pins, sorority pins, cuff links. You name it. I consider this whole process a collaboration. I feel it’s a type of stewardship—making sure these pieces and the memories survive for the next generation. I approach every piece as art. I’ve found that a part of the barrier to enjoying art can be the price—so I don’t charge any more for these custom orders. Also, I make it a policy that any Museum Bee may be exchanged or another at any time, free of charge.

5 5 A selection of Bees shows the different types of frames and found objects that Mayer works with.

JS: At what retail locations can the bees be found here in Kentucky? TM : Trace Mayer Antiques 3700 Lexington Road, Louisville Colonial Designs 3712 Lexington Road, Louisville Etcetera 4913 Brownsboro Road, Louisville Thoroughbred Antique Gallery 637 E Main Street, Lexington Barbara Stewart Interiors 444 E. Main Street, Bowling Green Irish Acres Gallery 4205 Fords Mill Road, Versailles JS: What, if any, are your plans for expansion? TM: Our growth has been mostly organic. Last July I was invited to exhibit in the emerging artists section at the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. It’s been crazy since then. We have had a great response and are now in 51 stores in 20 states. The challenge has been maintaining the quality and unique aspects of these as we meet demand. I won’t sacrifice the quality. In addition we exhibit at antique and garden shows around the country and they are also available online at Jerry Shrout is the proprietor of Thoroughbred Antique Gallery in Lexington. He can be reached at 859-233-9375 or tagallery@


Creating Real Value in Your Outdoor Spaces BY BILL HENKEL

Porches are powerful places. They are able to change things—like first impressions or moods simply by the nature of their presence. Front, back, side or wrap around, they send a signal out to all who pass by that there is something different about this home, this family.

The owner’s wishes of having all the in house functions integrated and connected was granted and in a most elegant manner. The new porch supplied all of the owner’s needs and more. Now there is an outdoor kitchen, fire place, skylights, heat, lights and room to dine and lounge.

Porches gained popularity in the mid-20th century. There was an air of confidence and enthusiasm in this country. We were building homes, developing communities— people had more leisure time and took the time to stroll and socialize, so porches became an important part of our homes. Drive through any older neighborhood and you might see row after row of small houses and big porches. Interestingly the homes without a real porch appear to be missing something as if they are unfinished.

Architecturally this porch captures the essence of a real and high functioning outdoor space. It is also a handsome architectural addition.

As our homes grew bigger, our porches became ornamental— not very usable, not very attractive. Is it possible that we were becoming less social and less neighborly? Our company was called by an existing client to help them develop an outdoor living space for their home and family. There was an expansive brick terrace 20’ x 25’ with 6-7 wide brick steps down to the yard that no one used. After repeated attempts to improve, upgrade, decorate and embellish—we determined it was not used because it was uninviting and unwelcoming. It was best used for furniture storage and collecting of leaves, basically just a dead space. This began a series of discussions and meetings between a landscape architect, an architect and the owners. Through this collaboration the owner’s needs were determined; a plan for a new porch was defined and fitted into a whole new landscape.


The height of the porch was rendered to create a close relationship with the landscape—thus few steps down to the garden. Now instead of dead space, the porch focuses on a central two tiered granite fountain that contributes unique soothing water tones to the property. The fountain is located to tease passersby with a peek at what else could be inside. The back drop for completing the space is a sit wall and vail of a mixture of Japanese Maples (the owner’s favorite tree) that provides a dynamic backdrop for four seasons of color plus overflow sitting space. If you have unattractive unused spaces in your garden or home—if you desire some magical place to sit, to entertain or maybe “catch a few winks” then consider a conversation with someone that can help you “connect the dots” to make your home and garden more functional, fun and appealing. Architects and landscape architects are trained professionals—working together they can deliver projects of real value. Bill Henkel—owner, partner and Landscape Architect Henkel Denmark Leading Landscape




1 BEFORE: View from the lower side yard to the existing porch. 2 BEFORE: This is the porch where nobody wanted to sit. Although it connects the family room, kitchen and the breakfast room the porch was unappealing, unwelcoming and seldom used. With two doors and a wide set of steps there was little room left over for sitting.





3 AFTER: Completed porch with fountain and lawn. The porch roof was designed and built to have it’s own strong presence. The roof captures all of the original porch floor space and is extended out away from the house to accommodate all functional needs of the family. 4 AFTER: The lawn and landscape just below the porch steps was raised to strengthen the relationship and function of the landscape and the porch.

5 AFTER: A service entrance was created to the side of the porch and wanders through the side garden. 6 AFTER: Existing foster holly hedge provides privacy for the porch from the street. Landscape beds were sculpted to suggest entry and to partially obscure the view to the garden beyond. The fountain is the teaser and provides the water music for the porch.


Eclectic Love More than just a light source, eclectic lamps can set the entire tone of a room. BY CHRISTINA NOLL

When it comes to your home’s lighting, an easy way to give any room an extra spark of style is with an eclectic lamp or two. Eclectic design combines multiple styles, materials, textures and time-period influences. It should be pleasing to the eye and most importantly, it should be a lamp you enjoy seeing in your home. In other words: not a basic table lamp.


Almost any object can be turned into a lamp, with the help of a professional. “An object can be turned into a lamp with balance, once a shade, a base and a finial are added,” explains Mark Shawk, with The Lamp Place in Lexington.


Shawk is known as “The Lamp Man,” and for good reason. He’s been working with lamps for over thirty years and has a certain sense of what will work. His number one piece of advice for lamp shopping: “Buy a lamp that turns you on versus a lamp you can just turn on.” Keep in mind that where you plan to use the lamp is just as important as what it looks like. “Application matters,” says Ellie Carrico, Lighting Consultant with Brecher’s Lighting in Louisville. “You have to consider function and aesthetics. Will it be sitting on a buffet table in a formal dining room or an end table in a den? Will you be using it daily or for special occasions? Most importantly, is it a major source of light in the space?”

1 Craftsman style table lamp from The Lamp Place. 2 Wire frame portable table lamp from Brecher’s.


Shawk agrees. “Some situations call for a very basic choice, while an unusual lamp might appeal to the homeowner and they will find a place for it. It depends on where the homeowner plans to use the lamp.” No matter how you plan to use them, lamps are always a good choice for lighting in a home. “Lamps provide an opportunity to ‘set the stage’ with lighting,” says Shawk. “Overhead lighting does a job but it is less specific; lamps are providing the accent or focused lighting.”



3 Both types of lighting are needed in many cases. “Lamps seem to be an after thought for a lot of people,” says Carrico. “I like to stress that different levels and types of lighting are something that can really make the room.” When choosing the right lamp for your home, Carrico recommends that you first consider the other pieces you have in the space—furniture, art, and upholstery. Also take note of the other light sources in the room. “Lighting can completely transform the space and enhance what you already have going on in a room,” she says.

3 Indian head statue bookend lamps from The Lamp Place. 4 Art deco metal table lamp from Brecher’s. 5 Iron horse head statue lamp from The Lamp Place.

You should also choose a lamp and lampshade that reflect your personal tastes. “An eclectic lamp brings a new look or adds to what you already have in the room,” says Shawk. To find your perfect lamp, it helps to think outside the box—meaning, outside a big box store. A custom lighting store, such as The Lamp Place or Brecher’s, offers unique choices you won’t find anywhere else. “Lots of times the choice of a lamp is like choosing a piece of art,” says Shawk. “Most customers come to our store looking for something to compliment their homes.” A good eclectic lamp is also a great investment, explains Carrico, because you can take it with you if you move, change up your space by moving it to another room, or easily switch up the lampshade for a different look. Shawk adds, “Lamps offer both the lamp itself as a visual object, plus the light it radiates. Lamps can warm a room, emphasize a piece of furniture, direct ones attention, or welcome you to come into a room.”




1 Variegated Solomon’s seal and lily of the valley are tucked among the greenery flanking the 1940’s-era concrete bridge that spans Glenn’s Creek and provides the only access to The Ruin property.

Blending History at


Ron and Elise Wallace have accomplished a miracle of sorts; the rebirth of something that was on the edge of extinction, giving a fading piece of Kentucky history new life and creating a rare blend of classic and contemporary design in the process. Known today as The Ruins Bed & Breakfast, this once-forgotten property sits upon eight acres of prime Woodford County land that was formerly the site of Glenn Springs Distillery. The historic stone structure and grounds are located just downstream from the McCracken Mill and only four miles from downtown Versailles. “Ron manages horse farms in the area and had been driving by the ruins for 25 years, watching them slowly deteriorate,” shared Elise Wallace. “In 2010 we were looking for land in the area to buy and build a home. When we discovered this property was for sale, we scheduled a viewing and soon we were hooked.”


According to historical records, the Glenn Springs Distillery was sold, closed and dismantled at some point prior to 1903. When Rob and Elise purchased the property, it really was in a state of ruin – hence the current name for the bed and breakfast. Today, however, the grounds have evolved into a sprawling expanse of rolling Kentucky bluegrass and beautifully integrated natural plantings, featuring the extraordinary bones of the original stone building, which brings easy structure to the design. “We built the guest house first to live in while we built the main residence, which was completed in 2012,” shared Elise. “Today, that structure is connected to the main house by an open-air breezeway surrounded by lush plantings and it serves as fully-functional guest quarters for our bed and breakfast.”


2 2 A gift from a friend, this jockey is painted in the silks of a horse with an impressive race record and points the way to the guest parking area from the main drive. The plantings include a variety of annuals, including celosia, salvia and Dusty Miller.

The couple worked with John Michler of Michler’s Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Design on the home’s bucolic exterior spaces, while respected historic preservation and restoration specialist Phil Gerrow helped create the blended residential structures visible today. This includes the guest house and a two bedroom, two bath main residence that spans 3,435 square feet and incorporates portions of the old distillery’s massive limestone walls. These walls can also be seen jutting out into the garden spaces, creating an integrated feel to the property, which boasts a multi-layered naturalistic perennial garden, a more structured outdoor courtyard space and a wild garden that incorporates a variety of random plantings that Ron and Elise have found throughout the property. “At one point in its long history, this property was used as a nursery,” shared Elise. “There were many interesting plantings left behind and we’ve saved what we could.” This eye toward preservation extends to every inch of the property, which incorporates original materials throughout its interior and exterior spaces.

Perhaps most dramatic is the garden view of the original distillery’s two-story roofline, which can still be seen rising up dramatically toward the heavens, only to be repeated in the new home’s equally high, 24-foot peak. “We love to sit at the fire pit down by Glenn’s Creek and look back at the different angles of the structure,” shared Elise. “Its imperfections and rustic look are what make the property special.” For more information about The Ruin Bed & Breakfast, call 859-873-7400 or visit

GARDEN CREDITS: Michler’s Florist, Greenhouses & Garden Design Preservation & Restoration Specialist Phil Gerrow Wilmes & Associates Architects


3 A memorial stone located between the main residence and guest house is cradled by a cottagey mix of hardy geranium and tall garden phlox, along with a seashell and two whimsical garden gnomes. 4 This view looks toward the guest house and shows the Wallace’s very own “wild garden” to the left and center, which the homeowners created using plants they found growing on the property. Visible plantings include Joe Pye weed, hardy hibiscus and a variety of tall grasses that work to enhance the composition of the property’s naturalistic perennial garden. 5 The limestone walkway was made using rocks from both the ruins and nearby Glenn’s Creek. Here, it passes through tall grasses in the naturalistic perennial garden, leading to a breezeway that connects the main house with the guest quarters.


6 A pair of Brookside hardy geranium blooms huddle together, soaking up the sun. 7 A pondless pottery fountain from Sedona adorns the other side of the home’s formal courtyard near the home’s main entryway, providing soothing sounds and pleasing visual contrast to the aged stonework. Skip laurels, taxus, potted annual geraniums and pachysandra lend interesting texture and pops of bright color to the space. 8 This view of The Ruin property shows the structured levels and textures of the perennial grouping in the naturalistic garden, which includes layering of tall Karl Foerster grasses with blue Brookside hardy geranium. 9 200-year old walls form part of the home’s formal courtyard, which is planted with evergreen groundcover and shrubs, as well as laurel and pachysandra, potted annual geraniums and a sweet bay magnolia.










As part of a major renovation, this eclectic space boasts a unique blend of rustic and traditional touches designed with porch living in mind. The concrete pillars were custom-poured and the overall style is reminiscent of a creole mix of French and Spanish architecture. Photo by Chris White, 3wiredesigns; courtesy of Creative Heights Partners and Pursell Construction.

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2 This spacious screenedin porch is actually a new extension of the existing corner porch of an 1870’s farmhouse. The expansive space engages the home’s interior living areas in three places, providing a comfortable feel with freeflowing access to the inside. Its great southern exposure to the low winter sun allows the family to enjoy the space virtually year round. Photo by Lissa Gotwals Photography; courtesy of project architect and contractor BuildSense and interior designer Alys Design. 3 Providing the perfect place to relax by the warmth of the fireplace while watching the sunset, this porch has an interesting curved design and boasts a massive stone fireplace, traditional columns and comfortable seating. The space offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and overlooks a pristine pond. Photo by Rob Karosis Photography; courtesy of Crisp Architects.



4 Delightful red brick on the floor is repeated in the arches, lending continuity to this winsome traditional porch, which features fans for cooling, a dining area, rocking chairs and a porch swing conversation area. Photo by Steve Chen; courtesy of Thompson Custom Homes.

Bringing the indoors out has never been more popular or luxurious, with modern porch designs reflecting a desire to reconnect with a time when porch sitting was akin to a national pastime. “We’ve seen a significant increase in clients wanting to add porches and outdoor living spaces, some with screening, many with fireplaces, bars, kitchens and upscale finishes,” shared Tom Padgett of Lexington-based Padgett Construction, Inc. Extending the home’s living space to enjoy the length and caliber of our pleasant weather seems to be a resurgent theme.” To accommodate this trend, furniture manufacturers have developed certain lines of indoor furniture that is finished in outdoor furniture fabrics, such as Sunbrella, which further blurs the lines between “inside” and “outside.” Outdoor furniture is also available slipcovered or upholstered in thousands of exterior-friendly fabrics that could easily be at home in a formal living room or family room. Add luscious curtains and fine pillows and you’re well on the way to styling a well-heeled porch. “Porches have become a place for people to gather all year round,” shared Julie Schneider of Schneider Homes in Union, Kentucky. “With infrared heaters, fireplaces, entertainment areas and fans, the porch is no longer an afterthought when designing a home.” Homes with several outdoor spaces have also started to designate certain areas to meet certain needs, such as a dining porch, a sleeping porch, a cooking porch and a screened-in porch with a flat screen television. For decades, porches were little more than an afterthought or a place to store the grill, but no more. Today, the front porch is definitely back, with the Census Bureau reporting that 63% of new single-family homes built in 2013 had porches—a significant jump from the previous decade’s accounting at 42% in 1993.

4 “One of the most important trends of recent years has also been the focus on accessibility,” shared Martha Wolford of Wolford Built Homes in Louisville. “With aging in place a focal point of today’s building, we are seeing less and less of the multi-level outdoor entertaining structures and more of a return to the comfort and ease of front and rear porches.” Wolford says ease of maintenance is also a major concern nowadays, which means wood is often replaced with manmade composite building materials. Companies like Miratek and Azak have created exterior composites that promise to be both long-lasting and eco-friendly, while emulating natural wood grains and texture in a variety of designer-selected colors. “Porch design is an integral component of the new urbanism movement that’s happening in places like Norton Commons,” shared Jason Hoppe of JH Designs in Louisville. “The homes are situated closer together and closer to the sidewalk in order to encourage interaction among people living in the community.” The return of the porch is definitely more than just an exercise in nostalgia. Instead, it also seems to signal a deep need for social connection. In a day and age when many of us are spending more time than ever plugged into work and social media, the rise of the porch proves to be a way for people to reconnect with one another—and themselves.



5 Arched openings and white painted brick columns contrast beautifully with natural wood beams above the window, on the ceiling and the floor, while a charming set of outdoor furniture, including a couch, coffee table, two end tables and two chairs creates an inviting ambiance. Photo courtesy of Dresser Homes. 6 Constructed with a barrel vault, tongue and groove-style cedar ceiling, this breathtaking porch features Blue Label cedar shake shingles, cedar posts, a wrought iron railing and Brazilian hardwood flooring. The fireplace is crafted from native dry stacked fieldstone and boasts a built-in grill, which has an integral hood. Photo by David Dietrich Photography; courtesy of Tyner Construction.

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8 7 With furnishings designed to provide a tasteful, yet welcoming vantage point to enjoy the surrounding riverside setting, this charming porch features club chairs with an artful web design that opens up the view beyond and a whimsical antique terracotta lady with whom to share the moment. Benjamin Moore’s exterior semi-gloss exterior paint in “Salsa” enlivens the space. Weather friendly rug, upholstery and draperies with tiebacks crafted from birch bark and a gracious aluminum sofa complete the look. Photo by Katrina Mojzesz of TopKat Photography; courtesy of Deborah Bettcher, Decorating Den Interiors. 8 This custom-designed home exudes Southern charm, featuring an expansive wraparound porch that is 8-feet deep with multiple seating areas and a screened-in section for added privacy and protection from the elements. Located in Louisville’s Norton Commons development, the home’s front outdoor living areas are set just a few feet from the sidewalk to encourage interaction with neighbors. Photo by ©Tim Furlong Jr./RealTourCast |; courtesy of project designer Jason Hoppe of JH Designs.



9 This outdoor living area is part of a two-story porch design that features a screened-in area up top, lending delightful contrast to this open-air space below. The floor is constructed from tongue and groove cypress and the custom 10-inch-square wood boxed columns feature arched headers, while the furniture and accessories lend a cozy feel to the space. Photo by J. Paul Moore Photography; courtesy of The Porch Company. 10 The architectural details on this inviting front porch make a fabulous first impression, enhanced by durable and comfortable groupings of outdoor furniture, fabrics and rugs. The chairs in front of the fireplace are ideal for roasting marshmallows with the kids and the porch swing and rockers are the perfect place to visit with neighbors passing by. Photo by Troy Thies Photography; courtesy of Laura Engen Interior Design and Edman Hill Interior Design. Builder: Great Neighborhood Homes. Landscape: Moms Landscaping.

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11 This inviting covered front porch is embraced by operable shutters and provides comfortable seating and allweather outdoor living space. Three double doors flank the front of the home at the porch, beckoning its inhabitants to spill outside rain or shine. The depth of the porch mirrors that of the great room inside, creating a true outdoor room where neighbors often stop to chat. The use of large Key West shutters and floor-to-ceiling curtains allow the space to perform double duty as a sleeping nook. Photo by Jack Gardner; courtesy of Historical Concepts Architects & Building Designers. 12 Expansive stone archways are complemented by dramatic groin vaults on the ceiling and echoed in the massive sets of double doors leading inside. This spacious porch was positioned to offer stunning lake views and provide plenty of room for entertaining, dining or simply relaxing. Photo courtesy of Summerour and Associates Architects.





1 Khu Khabs No. 6 in a 7-part series titled: The Banquet Series. Acid etched, hand pulled, painted and embossed. 19” x 35” Each piece in The Banquet Series represents a single part of the soul. Khu Khabs represents spiritual beauty. Top panel: As the woman of the house is preparing to host a banquet, she reflects on her appearance. Hathor, goddess of beauty, explains that because of the woman’s exceptional inner beauty, the woman will one day become a star in the sky. Egyptians used stars to guide them, believing the stars were the souls of exceptional individuals who lived before them. Middle panel: Servants receive and tend to guests of the banquet. Bottom panel: Friends of family arrive to the banquet by boat.

2 2 Sekhem-sahu No. 7 in a 7-part series titled: The Banquet Series. Acid etched, hand pulled, painted and embossed. 19” x 35” Each piece in The Banquet Series represents a single part of the soul. Sekhem-sahu represents moral strength of character. Top panel: In Egyptian mythology, humans made offerings to the divine. Here, the divine provides an offering to man. This action signifies that the man has strong moral character. Middle panel: Activities demonstrate agility, quickness and strength in a courtyard. A man’s strength was determined by how many women he could hold up, depicted in the bottom left of the middle panel. Bottom panel: Friends of family arrive to the banquet by chariot and litter.

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Mel Fleck was the director of a residential program for autistic children in Winter Park, Florida, when his wife, Jan, decided to enroll in a six-week course in etching. “I thought it would be nice to spend the time together in the evening and learn how to etch, so I joined the class, too,” he said. That was in 1986, and a few years later they were making art together and traveling across the United States selling their artwork. Fleck creates original compositions of intaglio etchings that focus primarily on ancient Egyptian beliefs. “Egyptian mythology is very rational to me,” Fleck said. “People in all cultures grapple with the same ideas and relationships, the same questions about this life and the afterlife.” With a specific idea in mind, Fleck asks himself, “How would an ancient Egyptian consider this idea? Which deities, what symbols, what figures relate to this concept?” Based on his study of how Egyptian culture used color, design, and dimension, Fleck transforms his answers into etchings representing scenes of ancient beliefs, aspirations, and ways of life. Unlike other printmaking techniques, intaglio designs are printed from the recessed areas of a metal plate pulled through an etching press. Fleck begins the process with pencil sketches, then draws the final design onto a zinc plate coated with an acid-resistant material called asphaltum. By carving away the asphaltum, Fleck exposes what will be the darkest lines in the final image. The plate is then submerged in a diluted nitric acid bath, causing the acid to etch lines into the exposed areas. Deeper etches hold more ink, resulting in lines of varying darkness in the final image. Thus, there is a separate acid bath for every shade of line seen in the final print.

With the etching complete, Fleck uses a tarlatan cloth to ink the plate by hand. The inked plate is placed on the press bed, where intense pressure transfers the ink from the plate onto the etching paper. Each etching is then handpainted using acrylic washes, then individually signed and numbered. Edition sizes are limited to 250, or less. Fleck 3 The artist. includes typed information sheets explaining the symbolism depicted in his work. With no formal art training, Fleck says learning to etch was easier for him than for his wife. “Jan had drawn her whole life, and had to un-learn things to create Egyptianstyled artwork,” he said. “I just started drawing in that style, almost from the beginning.” Based in Taylorsville, Kentucky, Fleck spends about 30 weekends a year traveling to outdoor art festivals across the U.S. “Etching is an art form that is slowly fading away,” Fleck said. “I used to see around ten etchers at shows. Now, I might see half that number.” Before moving to Taylorsville, Fleck and his wife spent 14 years in Louisville, Kentucky. “We exhibited in the St. James Court Art Fair in the mid-1990s and fell in love with the city, so we moved there in 2000,” he said. “This October, I’ll be back at St. James, selling my artwork and teaching people about both etching and ancient Egypt.” *The St. James Court Art Fair is September 30—October 2, 2016 in Louisville, Ky.


4 4 Egyptian Fable Acid etched, hand pulled, painted and embossed. 13” x 34” Here, fellow animals parade a mouse on his way to become installed as the pharaoh’s vizier (prime minister). In the Egyptian fable, the pharaoh posed a riddle in his quest to find a vizier: What is sweeter than honey, yet more bitter than bile? Only the mouse was able to answer correctly: A vizier is sweeter than honey because it is an exalted position; yet more bitter than bile because a vizier must administer justice. In the background are hieroglyphics, a formal writing system that combined alphabetic and logographic elements, of an Egyptian song used to depict the celebratory feel by the animals while carrying the mouse to his ceremony.

5 5 Ka No. 3 in a 7-part series titled: The Banquet Series. Acid etched, hand pulled, painted and embossed. 35” x 19” Each piece in The Banquet Series represents a single part of the soul. Ka represents creativity. Egyptians believed that, when performing, dancers and musicians were in direct communication with the gods. On the left, a blind musician is depicted playing a harp. Blind performers were held in especially high regard. Skilled Egyptian dancers wore weights in their hair, depicted here by the red circles hanging from the figures in the center of the image. On the far right, an ichneumon (Egyptian mongoose) wears a gold earring to signify that this animal is a favorite pet.

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6 Healing of an Egyptian Cat Acid etched, hand pulled, painted and embossed. 37” x 37” x 37” Egyptians believed equilateral triangles were a symbol of healing. The gods and goddess in this piece represent different aspects of healing. Bast, the cat goddess, holds an ailing kitten in her lap. Sekmet, the lion goddess, sits across from Bast. Ancient Egyptians took ailing pets to priests of Sekmet. In the bottom right, an orange cat is asking Serqet, a goddess who healed poisonous bites and infections, to save the life of her kitten. The embossing also depicts healing. Ahnks, the symbol of life, surrounds the triangle. The eyes of Horus rest in the bottom corner, one eye representing the analytical side of healing, the other eye representing the intuitive side of healing. A scarab beetle, representing long life, rests at the bottom center of the triangle.

7 7 Serqet, Goddess of Antidotes Acid etched, hand pulled, painted and embossed. 12” x 14” Serqet, the scorpion goddess, is identified by her stylized scorpion crown. Egyptians called upon Serqet to heal poisonous bites and infections. Here, she sits upon the healing arts symbol and holds two pots, each pot depicts an eye of Horus, the god of goodness. The modern pharmacy symbol (Rx) can be traced back to the symbol for Horus’ left eye.

8 8 Thoth and the Mathematician Acid etched, hand pulled, painted and embossed. 14” x 15.5” Egyptians used the eye of Horus to signify a mathematician. Here, Thoth, the god of wisdom and learning, lord of numbers, bestows the eye Horus upon a mathematician. The eye is made of fractional values that total 63/64. Egyptians believed the missing 1/64 was magical glue that healed the eye. The died pillar represents prosperity, the ankh represents life, and the shen ring inside the ankh represents eternity. The outstretched arms represent homage to the above activity. The red rectangles represent the Greek math concept that everything in nature has its own mathematical value. The embossing along the edges also holds significant meaning. Top: This glyph, a hieroglyphic character or symbol, represents the sky. Bottom: A glyph represents the earth. Sides: The Was scepter signifies the Egyptian belief that four columns separated the sky from the earth, these glyphs represent the mathematical concept of progression by numbers.

9 Justice in the Hall of Two Truths Acid etched, hand pulled, painted and embossed. 37” x 29” x 29” Egyptians believed entry to the afterlife was based on how the gods judged individual truth of words and truth of deeds. The trial of words required a person to recite negative confessions, denial of 42 specific evil acts written in the image’s hieroglyphics. Here, the confessions are heard by a row of deities above the scale. The trial of deeds is judged by Maat, the goddess of truth, and her husband Thoth, the god of justice. Here, Maat sits to the left of the scale with Thoth sitting across from her on the right. Truth of deeds are decided by how an individual’s heart weighs against a feather. Good deeds make a light heart. Evil deeds make a heart heavy, weighing the scale down to the mouth of Ammemait, a part crocodile, part lion, part hippotomus beast who devours the hearts of the evil and denies entry into the afterlife.



1 Located at the corner of Richmond Road and Richmond Avenue, the home was originally built at the turn of the century. In 2009, architect John Dehart was hired to renovate the home. The redwood

exterior will eventually, naturally, fade to grey over time by exposure to the elements. A raised walkway connects the 3200 square foot main house to a 525 square foot structure that holds a multi-purpose room and garage. Dan and Michelle Hollingshead bought the house at auction in April, 2014. “Nobody is neutral about this house,” said Dan. “People are openly expressive. The house elicits negative reactions, but we hear mostly really positive feedback.”






he subject line of the email was simple: I want this house. The message of the email was just as simple: a single link to a property listed with a local real estate company.

2 The warmth of the reclaimed oak barn wood floor rises in contrast to the gallery walls. Four chairs and table are set in a circle. “The shape forms the interactions,” said Michelle. “We want our children to be empowered, and the circle means there is no hierarchy, allowing a leader to be in every chair.” Three hanging glass orbs from CB2 hang to the left of the fireplace, next to Monica Pipia’s “Bluegrass Horse”. Neighbor Joyce Rose painted the raw edges of fireplace logs to add additional color.


“Everything about the email was uncharacteristic of Michelle,” homeowner Dan Hollingshead said of his wife. “So it got my attention.” Dan clicked on the link, and was just as taken with the possibility of owning the modern, two-story, 3,200 square foot redwood home in Lexington. The couple added the April 10th auction date to their calendars, but it seemed improbable they would leave the auction as the new homeowners. On the day of the auction, they checked in as number 21 of 25 and were the last ones standing among other interested buyers, realtors and curious neighbors. “It took about 10 minutes,” said Dan. At the time, the Hollingshead’s were living on Cooper Drive with their two children, Addison (13), and Jack (11), and the family dog, Quik. They had 44 days to get financing in order and move into their new home. “Leslie Fannin at Central Bank was amazing, an unbelievable partner,” said Dan. Michelle was called out of town unexpectedly, leaving much of the logistics of moving out of one house and into another that still needed work to Dan. “We were fortunate,” he said. “The right people showed up at the right time to help us. It took a community.” Affectionately called Redwood Forest by the Hollingsheads, the new home was 90% finished at the time of the auction. “We had a checklist of what needed to be done immediately,” said Michelle. “We’ve been adding to it ever since.” Dan added, “The back yard landscaping is next.”

3 Once the essentials, like blinds, were taken care of, Michelle created a Pinterest board for ideas from the whole family. “We pinned furnishings, things the kids liked, accessories. There’s still a chandelier pinned that we’d like to add to the dining room,” she said. Many of the home’s furnishings are a collection of pieces from IKEA, Bryght, CB2 and Modern Furniture. “We gave away half the furniture we had in the old house because it didn’t fit the style of our new home.” That style is defined by long sight lines, natural light, and minimalist design. The white gallery walls are balanced by the warmth of crafted reclaimed wood floors from Longwood Antique Woods. Floor-to-ceiling windows invite light to fill the home. “This house gives us permission to take minimalism to a new level- we are living by design,” said Dan. “There’s something peaceful about an uncluttered home, we didn’t have that in previous homes.” The deliberate choice to live minimally gives more meaning to the items on display. “Each room has its own distinct piece of art from our community,” said Michelle. The “Bluegrass Horse”, an abstract painting by Monica Pipia, hangs over the mantle in the front room. A piece by Mary Wathen, which, for Michelle, tells the story of transformation, hangs in the dining room. “Zanzabar”, a watercolor by Sandy Kalas, hangs in the side entry. Metalsmith Nate Hensley created the driveway gate outside and the wall-sized inspiration board that hangs in Michelle’s office.

3 Twelve-foot windows provide transparency throughout the first floor to the surrounding trees and neighborhood. Artwork from Mary Wathen hangs on the right. The staircase is enclosed by panels of laser-cut steel and walnut designed to mimic grass. The floating stairs are also walnut, complimented by plexiglass risers that give the space a light, airy feel.

As a life and leadership coach, Michelle’s career is focused on culture and connecting people with purpose. It is a philosophy shared by the family. “I’m going to set these intentions and live by that,” explains Michelle. For Redwood Forest, the family set three intentions: creativity, community, love.



4 Local craftsmen were key to the construction- BC Woodworking fitted streamlined cabinetry throughout the house. An elongated window serves as the backsplash of the gas stove. “People ask if that openness bothers us,” said Dan. “But we don’t mind. When neighbors walk past, we wave.” The countertops are silestone. The freezer, beverage cooler and refrigerator line up with the microwave on the right for preparation efficiency. The eating area looks out over the patio and back yard, merging the building interior with the surrounding landscape. 5 Wall-mounted electronics hang from the left wall, next to a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by family member LeeAnn Slade. “That portrait was a favorite of my brother’s,” said Michelle. “After his death, I bought it from his wife.” The couch and chair are from Bryght. “We struggled to find the right furniture for this space,” said Dan. “It had to be wide but couldn’t be deep to best fit between the TV and wet bar.” Doors from family room and kitchen open to the backyard, extending the open space into the surrounding landscape.



Creativity extends beyond the house’s interior walls. Dan and Michelle gladly agreed to host a concert at the home. “Our children play instruments,” said Dan. “And, with 30 other people, they were able to experience a Tim Daisy percussion concert in our living room.”

The intention of love is evident with the attention to detail of every facet of the home. The Hollingsheads have put conscious thought into the items in the home and the experiences they share in the home. Talking with them, it is clear that they are living by their intentions.

Community takes shape at Redwood Forest in a number of ways, including yoga classes on the catwalk. Another striking feature to the house, the catwalk connects the second floor master bedroom to a separate, 525 square foot structure with a garage on the first floor and multi-purpose room on the second. “Doing yoga out there with the trees in bloom, close to the sky… it’s magical,” said Michelle, who wants those experiences to provide a welcoming, inclusive sense of community, much like the Kenwick neighborhood in which they live.

Originally from Las Vegas, the look of a modern home was not unusual to the Hollingsheads. However, they will admit this particular modern home in its particular neighborhood was unusual. “We drove by a thousand times while it was being renovated,” said Michelle. “We were so interested in the progress, wondering how it would turn out.” As it turns out, the house is theirs now. And the family is grateful for the support they found along the way in making Redwood Forest their home.


6 Oak trees are seen through the high, narrow windows of the master bedroom. The floor is made of reclaimed barn wood. The open ceiling highlights exposed ductwork, open trusses and cedar planks. The furniture, from CB2, is minimal in an effort to reduce clutter. “We don’t have dressers,” said Dan. “But the design of the house still provides plenty of storage space for the things we have.” The doors lead to an elevated walkway that connects to a 525 square foot structure above the detached two-car garage. This additional space is used as a multi-purpose room, with plans to be converted to a guest room. A spiral staircase leads down to garage, which has a separate entrance.


7 Elongated, textured porcelain tile from Tau Ceramic lines the master bathroom walls. To the left, an asymmetrical tub from Victoria & Albert shares space with an open shower. This elevated space is sectioned off from the double vanity with a glass panel. The window above the Duravit sinks looks out over a quiet side street. Axor brand fixtures from Hansgrohe fit the minimalist design of the house. 8 Jack and Addison’s rooms are separated by a wall topped with high, glass panels. Open trusses, exposed ductwork and cedar ceiling planks span the second floor. This room has an additional seating area to the right. The window above the bed overlooks one of Lexington’s main thoroughfares.



1houseThesimply Graf’s were drawn to their Charleston style after seeing the floor plan. The front of the

home features a gentleman’s porch and a courtyard with patio and fountain, where the Graf enjoy relaxing. With approximately 2800 square feet above grade and another 1200 in the basement there is plenty of room for visitors and friends. (Outside furniture is from Summer Classics.)


2 2 The Grafs recently repainted the entire first floor, including the dining room, in a taupe color with cashmere finish. The floors are a distressed bluish gray with a hint of black in them. This house was the first to have these floors featured throughout, rather than in just a single room. The furniture on the first floor, including here in the dining room, is almost all from Dwellings.



any times, a great home is made even more special simply because of its location. That is certainly the case with Susan and Mike Graf’s home, located in Norton Commons, northeast of Louisville. “Pretty much anything we need, we can walk to it, and I love that about the neighborhood,” says Susan. Built on the old WAVE-TV farm owned by television pioneer George Norton, Norton Commons was conceived as a community that holds historic significance and retains the beauty of the original farmland. The website claims, “Norton Commons isn’t just a neighborhood—it’s a lifestyle experience,” and the Grafs agree. Houses in Norton Commons, including the Graf’s home, are connected by trails and plazas, all part of a park-like setting, which includes two pools and an amphitheater for live music. A Town Center features 60 businesses including six restaurants. “I’m about a block from my work and I love living where I work, and being close to the people who purchase houses from us,” says Susan.



3 In the kitchen, the Grafs chose to stay with all of the original design with the exception of the backsplash, which they just recently changed to one they liked from The Tile Shop. The appliances are all GE Profile and the countertops feature two different types of granite; a lighter shade for the island. The custom island is also painted a signature gray to make it stand out a bit from the main cabinetry. “One of the details that I love in our kitchen is the large cabinet on the right, which is a pull out pantry,” says Susan. “It’s very convenient, especially when the little ones are here and they can get their own snacks.”

Susan, a broker for Norton Commons, came across her current home when she was reviewing house plans that would be part of that year’s upcoming Homearama event in Louisville. Homearama is an annual event featuring tours of more than 800 Louisville area homes. “The house was actually being framed when we chose it,” says Susan. “As soon as I saw the floor plan I knew we would love it and once we walked through it we decided to buy it.” The home, which features four bedrooms and 3 and a half baths, has plenty of room for Mike and Susan, along with their grown children and their two grandsons, when they visit. Although the home was still under construction when they bought it, because it was part of Homearama the interior design was already in the planning stages. “We were able to look at what the designer (Lisa Knight) had chosen and then make a few changes, but we liked and stayed with a lot of what she had chosen,” explains Susan. That was in August 2011 and the Grafs have been enjoying life in their home and in their neighborhood since. “It’s a friendly neighborhood and you know everyone; there are so many activities and lots going on,” says Susan. “It’s just a great place to live.”



4 In the great room, the unique floors continue and are complemented by an area rug that took Susan quite a while to find. The custom stone fireplace was designed by the home’s builder, Chris Carey, as was another outside fireplace not shown. “This great room is where we spend the most time,” says Susan. “When we have people over we open the doors from the great room onto the patio area.” Whether relaxing or entertaining, the light and airy space is both classic and comfortable. 5 The wrought iron balusters on the staircase, from Cox Interiors, were one of the few design changes the Graf’s chose while the house was still under construction. The original plan called for wood. The treads on the stairs are oak and were chosen to blend with the main flooring. The glass door leading to the basement makes the stairwell feel lighter, “and not like you’re going down to a dungeon,” jokes Susan.




6 The master bedroom offers an array of detail to please the eye, including a brick accent wall and windowpane inset ceiling. The Graf’s liked the room’s design so well they haven’t changed anything about it from the Homearama tour, with the exception of the drapes, which are from Draped in Style. They feature a blackout electric shade that comes down at night to block out any light. The furniture in the master bedroom is from Restoration Hardware, except for the bed, which is Pottery Barn. 7 In the master bathroom, luxury is not just for looks. Susan admits to enjoying the jetted tub almost nightly. Heated marble floors add to the room’s comfort. The stained glass window above the tub was a welcome present to the Graf’s from their builder. They added the matching window in the water closet later. 8 Susan still refers to this bedroom as her daughter’s room, although her daughter was married soon after they moved into this house. Now, when her daughter and husband, who live in Chicago, come to visit, they can stay in this guest room. The curtains, which coordinate perfectly with both wall colors, were all part of the Homearama design. Just off the bedroom, a bathroom adjoining another bedroom offers a unique twist on the traditional Jack-and-Jill concept, with the two sinks and vanities separated by the shared shower and toilet.






9 Hardwood flooring was used in a different way, covering two of the four walls in Mike’s second floor office. The extensive built-ins allow Mike to display his University of Kentucky and Green Bay Packers memorabilia. Although the couple are both from Louisville, Susan is the U of L fan. 10 What at first appears to be hardwood flooring is actually a very special carpet. “The supplier who did all our flooring let us do a lot more expensive carpet than would normally be used, because they wanted to feature it,” Susan explains. The blend of browns and taupe in the carpet pick up again in the dark trim and lighter colored walls, blending well to make the room appear both rich and cozy at once. A singular brick accent wall finishes off the effect. 11 A corner of the basement is reserved for Mike’s Kentucky bourbon collection, a hobby he has taken up more extensively since his retirement.


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1brick,Thearched adapted French beaux arts-style home features a lovely rose-toned windows and iron accents adorning the welcoming faรงade. The residence sits on a beautifully landscaped three-acre plot in Owensboro.


fter suffering a fire that started in the basement during the late summer of 2014, this stately Owensboro-area home was left with a hole in the living room floor, smoke damage throughout and melted paint on ceilings and walls. Homeowners Wanda and Andy Anderson contacted interior designer Lee Helwig Hall to help with the restoration, and she was shocked by the amount of damage the fire had caused in the residence, which Hall had visited as a child. “There were so many intricate details to consider,” Hall shared. “My mother’s dear friend had built the home in 1979 and 1980. Even though I was a child, I remember the details.”

2 2 The grand entry hall boasts a custom iron handrail on the staircase and upper landing with a brass handrail and brass decorative medallions that is original to the home. Upstairs, the double doorway leads to the master suite, while downstairs the formal living room is just ahead and to the right. A baby grand piano, original chandelier and a variety of blended pieces original to the home, complete the look.

The hardwood floors were laid in an intricate parquet pattern, while each door knob, Cremone bolt, faucet fixture and sink was Sherle Wagner. Imported marble or painted tile adorned surfaces throughout the home and beautiful French crystal chandeliers lit up each room. “They spared no expense for that day and age,” Hall revealed. “Knowing all these things, I definitely wanted to put the house back together with its French flair, but I also wanted to update the home while preserving its original architecture.” Rick Bivins of JMJ Builders was also brought in to make the renovation and restoration a reality. Hall had worked with him on other jobs and was thrilled he would be involved in this project. “I knew the Andersons would be in good hands with both of us on the project,” Hall stated. “I can come up with some pretty interesting ideas, but Rick always says ‘Piece o’ cake!’”



3 The freshly restored formal living room lies just off the main entry hall and was the room most affected by the fire in 2014. The new design features a lighter feel in the space, which also boasts a luxurious, classic feel and opens to a covered patio through the French doors. 4 A new mantle and crown molding create a chic, updated look in the formal living room. The artwork is original to the home, but was taken from another location, while the marble around the fireplace was replaced after the fire.



5 The homeowners were distraught by the fire and from losing so many belongings, so they were happy to leave the restoration in the capable hands of Hall and Bivins. Thankfully, most of the wooden pieces damaged by the fire were able to be refinished and some of the oil paintings were salvaged. Although the chandeliers suffered serious smoke damage, they were sent off to be refurbished, while the original parquet floor was replaced by walnut laid in a herringbone pattern. “JMJ’s crew carefully laid each piece, making it the showstopper of the house,” Hall shared. She selected paint colors that would be the perfect backdrop for the many beautiful French pieces the homeowners had acquired over the years—many from the home’s original owners. “My thought has always been that paint should not be the focal point of the space, but the pieces, art, rugs, etc. should take center stage.”


Throughout the home, the kitchen received a complete renovation, while the many Sherle Wagner door knobs and Cremone bolts were refinished and came back looking like new. A detailed casing was added over each door of the main house, and the guest suite bathroom was also completely transformed, trading in a tub for a more modern walk-in shower and exchanging a single basin vanity for double sinks. “The end result was a success because there was such a positive vibe among all involved,” Hall revealed. “We were able to give this house a whole new life, putting our love and passion into this project.” And it definitely shows. Although the renovation was extensive, no detail was overlooked in order to restore the home to its original grandeur while adding modern touches and updates that make the interior spaces a joy to experience, both for the homeowners and their guests.

5 The redesigned kitchen opened up the space by removing a wall, as well as adding columns and the substantial molding that accentuates every doorway in the home. The custom cabinetry is adorned with brass hardware, while the stunning granite countertop works to pull the space together with tones of black, golden amber and cream. The backsplash has a crackled texture that complements the kitchen’s other design elements without competing for attention, and custom relaxed Roman shades complete the look. 6 The arched doorway is echoed in the transom windows above the French doors in the dining room, which open to the expansive front terrace. The chandelier, furniture and rug are all original to the home’s design. The salmon-hued wall color is new and was pulled from the rug to add a sense of continuity and a warm backdrop to the space.



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8 7 Richly hued walnut beams were used to create a breathtaking new ceiling design, while the French Empire chandelier, as well as the mantle, walls and artwork, are all original to the library’s design. The chair and ottoman, as well as the ostrich-skin sofa, were reupholstered after the fire, while every other piece was painstakingly cleaned and restored. 8 Two sets of sliding doors lead out to the spacious back terrace from this favorite family space, which lies just off the newly remodeled kitchen and features all new pieces, as well as neutral tones that incorporate paint colors used throughout the home. The rug served as the major design inspiration and works to tie the space together.

“My thought has always been that paint should not be the focal point of the space, but the pieces, art, rugs, etc. should take center stage.� -Lee Helwig Hall


9 9 This extra bedroom is most often used by the homeowners’ grandsons and boasts new padded headboards and linens to create a sumptuous feel, as well as a cool blue tone on the walls and a new chandelier to lighten up the space.

HOUSE CREDITS: INTERIOR DESIGN, CABINET DESIGN & LANDSCAPE DESIGN Lee Helwig Hall PLUMBING & LIGHTING SUPPLIES Owensboro Winnelson Co. B&B Draperies Rick Bivins, JMJ Builders Phil’s Custom Cabinets Crandall’s Flooring Unique Granite & Marble



10 The spacious master features two en suite master baths (not pictured) and boasts plenty of extra room for a sitting area. The massive four-poster bed and custom window treatments lend a classic feel to the space, while the soft greens, browns, corals and cream tones help to create a soothing atmosphere. 11 This airy Jack and Jill bath connects two guest rooms and incorporates blue and peach colors drawn from both in the custom window treatment. Other features include Carrera marble countertops, a custom window seat and polished nickel sconces.




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2 A garden patch of brightly colored blooms overlooks Playland at Kentucky Kingdom.



KENTUCKY KINGDOM GARDENS This natural addition to Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay adds even more to your park adventure BY CHRISTINA NOLL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KENTUCKY KINGDOM

You know Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay as the place for “thrills and spills.” Featuring roller coaster favorites such as Storm Chaser, Lightening Run and Thunder Run, as well as FearFall, 5D cinema, classic bumper cars and much, much more, there is no end to the fun. At Hurricane Bay, giant water slides, Adventure River and splash zones allow you to cool off while still having a wild time on a hot summer day. Of course there is also Playland for the littlest riders, along with Aqua Theatre and plenty of other live entertainment. To put it simply: Kentucky Kingdom is a must-do summer attraction. Not a fan of fast moving rides or high flying action? Not a problem. Now, you can enjoy even more at Kentucky Kingdom in the latest Kentucky Kingdom’s Gardens. This concept, cultivated by President and CEO Ed Hart, now provides alternative entertainment for riders and nonriders alike. “Kentucky Kingdom Gardens established the park as a garden destination that is unique, beautiful and educational,” said Maggie L. Bade, Marketing Coordinator at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay. In the garden you’ll find more than 100 different species of perennials and ornamental grasses along with more than 20 colorful annuals installed each season. There are also many unique specimens of coniferous and deciduous trees. The entire effect is a relaxing retreat where you can catch your breathe between adventures, or simply retreat for the day.

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“Throughout the park, guests will encounter many showcase gardens including the English Garden in the Carousel Courtyard, the lushly landscaped slopes along Tin Lizzies antique car ride, and of course, throughout King Louie’s Playland,” said Bade. A butterfly garden with the distinction of being a certified Monarch Waystation is intended to not only enchant guests but also help restore the Monarch butterfly population, in conjunction with botanical gardens across North America. One cool feature available in 2016 is a labeling system with codes you can scan with your cell phone in order to learn more about the plants, trees, and grasses throughout the park. Although the garden is only open to guests in season, it is maintained year-round by an in-house staff of certified pesticide applicators, degreed horticulturalists, certified arborists and Kentucky certified nurserymen. Kentucky Kingdom Gardens is a member of the Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Association and operates greenhouses year-round. Whether you roam around enjoying the lush grounds and plant diversity, or simply sit and bask in the natural surroundings, you’ll be sure to enjoy this addition to an already amazing place to discover in Kentucky. For more information go to

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