Garden club takes rare tour

ictured, left to right, are Richmond Garden Club meeting hostess Angie Wright, Gainesway Farm tour guide Ryan Martin, and hostess Jerry Jenkins at the Gainesway Farm Arboretum.

Richmond Garden Club recently had a rare opportunity to experience a behind the scenes tour of Gainesway Farm Arboretum in Lexington. Gainesway Farm, which is famous for thoroughbreds and Derby winners, is the first thoroughbred farm in the world to gain accredited arboretum status.

The Richmond Garden Club tour, led by Arboretum staff member Ryan Martin, encompassed many of the decorative plants, floral displays and tree collections growing throughout the 1,500-acre horse farm. Gainesway Farm has more than 45 different kinds of oak trees and the plants and trees are nurtured by a full-time horticulture staff. Gainesway Farm is an active member of the International Oak Society, the American Public Garden Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

Hostesses for the day were Jerry Jenkins and Angie Wright who planned and coordinated the Richmond Garden Club's brunch and meeting, prior to the tour of Gainesway Farm, at First Watch restaurant, in Lexington. Club President Lolly Rist welcomed members and guests and reported that the Richmond Garden Club will sell Paper White bulbs planters in vase containers at the Nov. 12 Gallery on Main reception.

Angie Wright, Club Chairman for Habitat for Humanity projects reported that there will be a dedication and planting at the Dog Park on Nov. 20 at Million Park located at the end of Stratford Drive.

Club President Rist also reported that four Richmond Garden Club members, Melba Hay, Lolly Rist, Carol Dennhardt and Jerry Jenkins, attended the Bluegrass District meeting in Frankfort earlier this fall. The focus for the District Meeting was the Plant America program and on increasing membership and applying for grants.

The Club received a Superior rating for the Club Report on the previous year's activities and Rist lauded past Club President, Mary McCurdy for her leadership, The Bluegrass District voted to give $500 to the Wallis House, State Garden Club Headquarters. The Bluegrass District announced that the district will be responsible for the next State Meeting that will be held at Boone Tavern, Berea.

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