Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour


     The Lexington Council Garden Clubs invites you for a "Peek Behind the Garden Gate" on Saturday, June 6, from 10-5, and Sunday, June 7, from 1-5.

    The Council’s 2015 Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour will showcase nine diverse gardens, from the suburbs to a serene rural setting. Whether you’re a gardener, a homeowner, or just enjoy beauty and tranquility, come join us, rain or shine, to enjoy a visit to some of Lexington’s most inspiring gardens. Tickets are $15.00.

    Tickets may be purchased from Garden Club Members and at the following locally-owned businesses through Wednesday, June 3, and at the garden sites on the days of the tour:

    • Best of Flowers
    • Kings Garden Center
    • Louis' Flower Power Shop in Lansdowne
    • Michler's Florist, Greenhouse, and Design
    • Wilson's Nurseries

    You won’t want to miss it!







    Bluegrass Flower & Vegetable Show


    A Challenge to Gardeners of All Ages to “Show What You Grow”

    Lexington, KY – The 7th Annual Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Flower and Vegetable Show was a rip-roaring success! More entries than ever, more winners than ever, more FUN than ever! The Show is an opportunity for gardeners of all ages in Fayette and surrounding counties to learn, compete and “Show What You Grow.”  Watch this space for information on the 2016 Show.


    “The Show gets bigger and better every year and we hope to attract more entries this year from young gardeners in Kentucky.   It’s a great way for them to learn and gain a sense of achievement,” said Karen McVey, Show Chairperson and Member, Fayette Master Gardener Association.


    The annual show, now in its 7th year, is a crowd pleaser.  Blue Ribbons are awarded in categories for Youth, Horticulture and Design.  Jamie Dockery, Horticulture Agent, Fayette County Extension Service, said, “It’s a little like an old-fashioned County Fair and at the same time, an opportunity to be judged by professionally-trained horticulture experts.”This year's fair dates are July 11-12.  Click here for details on the show, including horticulture and design classes.

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    Monarch Waystation Program

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    The Monarch Butterfly migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America, both at their overwintering sites and throughout the spring and summer breeding range as well.  Monarch Waystations are places that provide the resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.

    The Lexington Council Garden Clubs is sponsoring a program on Monarch Waystations  – what the average homeowner needs to know to install and maintain a beautiful garden that will also help preserve the Monarch Butterfly.

    The program will be held at Morning Pointe East senior center, 150 Shoreside Drive (off Richmond Road) on Saturday, May 17, at 10:00 am.  It is open to the public.  Admission is $5.00, which includes a butterfly friendly plant for each participant.

    The program will be presented by Linda Porter, a member of the Lexington Chapter of Wild Ones and the Garden Club of Kentucky.  She is the state Special Project Butterfly Chairperson for the Garden Club of Kentucky and also chairs the Monarch Waystation Joint Committee.  She has been a butterfly enthusiast and educator for over 17 years.

    For more information, please contact

    2014 Grant Announcement

    The Lexington Council Garden Clubs is pleased to announce that funds are available for grant applications for environmental and beautification projects in Fayette County for 2013-2014.  The funds are from the Open Gates to the Bluegrass Garden Tour in June 2013.  Projects that aid in protection, conservation, and enhancement of natural resources and civic beauty are encouraged.  Funds are not available for private use or for profit businesses.  Proceeds of $4,000 were distributed to 10 applicants in 2012.  Applications can be accessed online at and must be submitted by February 15.  For more information, please contact Susan Craddock, project chair at (859) 252-8707.

    2014 Lexington In Bloom Contest

    Winners of the 2014 Lexington In Bloom contest, the biennial beautification competition sponsored by the Lexington Council Garden Clubs, have been announced.

    The contest recognizes outstanding amateur and professional front gardens of residences and businesses throughout Lexington.  Criteria for evaluating the gardens include curb appeal, use of color and texture, maintenance, plant selection, garden design, and creativity.

    Along with the traditional winners, the contest included categories for small displays; vegetable gardens; native plantings and butterfly & rain gardens; neighborhood entrances; community gardens; and schools, churches, and nonprofits.

     Click here for the list of winners!




    Available Grants

    Lexington Council Garden Clubs is pleased to share with you information for applying for funds from proceeds of the June 2013 OPEN GATES TO BLUEGRASS LIVING GARDEN TOUR. Attached you will find an application form.

    To be considered for funding, the project must meet the following criteria:

    1. Must be in Fayette County, except for projects at GCKY State Headquarters.
    2. Must not be for private use or operated for profit.
    3. Must be in line with the following purposes of the Lexington Council Garden Clubs:
      1. Aid in the protection, enhancement, and conservation of natural resources and civic beauty.
      2. Stress will be on the use of native plants. No invasive species allowed.
      3. Advance the art of gardening, floral design, landscape design, and the study of horticulture.
      4. Further horticulture education, conservation, and landscape design through scholarships.
      5. Continue restoration and maintenance of designated historic shrines and State Garden Club Headquarters.
    4. Approved funds shall be used within twelve months of date of approval or a written request for extended date submitted to the LCGC President, Linda Ransdell. Once a project is approved, a designated LCGC member will monitor the project and provide written reports on the status of the project to the LCGC.

    DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM (click here for a PDF form)

    2012 "Lexington In Bloom" Winners

    The Lexington in Bloom Contest recognizes the most outstanding gardens in Fayette County visible from the street. The goal of the contest is to instill a spirit of community, to increase civic pride, and to improve the visual appeal of the area through the imaginative use of flowers, plants and trees Read More...

    Fall Plant Sale

    More information coming soon

    Grants and Scholarships

    Proceeds from the Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour provide funding to selected projects and scholars in *Fayette County, Kentucky through grants and scholarships. In the past, funding has been given to:

    • Scholarships for: horticulture, landscape architecture, forestry, conservation, and other allied subjects.
    • Landscaping for: The Hope Center, Ronald McDonald House, Meditation Garden at the Markey Cancer Center, Blackburn Abundant Life Chapel, Waveland State Historic Site, local schools and community gardens.
    • Historic Preservation: Hunt Morgan House, The Wallis Home (State Headquarters for The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.), and Waveland State Historic Site.
    • Educational activities at: The State Botanical Garden, Fayette County Extension Service, and local schools.

    *Exception: The Wallis Home & Arboretum, State Headquarters of Garden Club of Kentucky, Paris, Kentucky.

    Apply for a scholarship

    LCGC designated scholarships in the amount of $500 per year are awarded to University of Kentucky students who meet the criteria for a Garden Club of Kentucky scholarship. The scholarships are administered through The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.

    Apply for a grant

    Designated proceeds from the LCGC-sponsored �Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour� are offered as grants to Lexington-Fayette County groups who are planning or adapting community gardens, beautification projects, conservation efforts.


    Founded in 1956, LCGC is an umbrella organization and is currently comprised of nine Federated Garden Clubs in the Lexington-Fayette County area. The clubs are affiliated with The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

    The Council is made up of six officers, presidents of each club, a garden club member representing four community boards. Council meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month at Crestwood Christian Church, Bellefonte Road, Lexington, KY.

    Lexington Council Garden Clubs pursues and promotes beautification, preservation, conservation of natural resources, restoration; and furthers horticultural education, landscape design and conservation through gift scholarships.

    Major projects include: sponsorship of Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour; Lexington in Bloom Contest (biennially); and a Standard Flower Show (annually).

    Proceeds from the garden tour are used for Council operating expenses and funding projects related to Council purposes.

    LCGC is a member of:

    Join a club

    • Take advantage of programs in gardening, flower arranging, and landscape design sponsored by garden clubs.
    • Discover what grows best in your soil, how to fertilize and keep moisture in.
    • Benefit from the experience of experts; get new ideas for outdoor plants that compliment your home and neighborhood.

    Call 859-269-3944 for information about clubs in Fayette County and/or starting your own club

    Additional information on garden club membership may be obtained by contacting National Garden Clubs, Inc. at 314-776-7574; email: or visit