During the second weekend in June each year Louisville offers glimpses into one of its best-kept secrets. The Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour welcomes garden lovers into the private green spaces of the nation’s largest Victorian residential neighborhood. Old Louisville gardeners share the experience of their personal retreats tucked behind imposing Victorian homes and carriage houses and protected by vine-covered walls and privacy fences.
This tour is designed to be walked so that the visitor can experience the scale of Old Louisville residences and the peacefulness of its gardens. Because the neighborhood is large, each year the tour rotates to a different section of the neighborhood.
2013 Garden Tour tickets are $15 on the days of the tour or $12 in advance if purchased before Friday, June 7 at 5 pm. For information on a special rate of $11 per ticket for groups of 10 or more please call 502 432-8665.
From May 1 through June 7, tickets are also available at the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park. Phone 502-635-5244, or email OLNC@bellsouth.net. Tickets purchased in advance or on site should be picked up at the sales table during tour hours. There are no rain dates or refunds. Advance tickets also available at the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center,1217 S. 4th Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Cash and check accepted.
The tour begins at the sales table in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court at Magnolia Ave. You will receive a garden tour map/fan and a garden description brochure. Please sign up for a drawing for $50 cash or 4 free tickets for the 2014 garden tour. Complimentary refreshments, a silent auction and vendors of garden-related products are available at Haskins Hall, adjacent to the Conrad-Caldwell House.
Out-of-town visitors staying in Louisville’s center city may walk to the sales table, located only 8 blocks south of Fourth & Broadway, or may take a TARC bus, get off at Magnolia Ave. and walk a short half-block west to the sales table. Call TARC at (502) 585-1234 for schedules. Old Louisville also is home to a splendid collection of B&Bs. Information may be found at www.oldlouisville.com.
With the support of the Second Street Neighborhood Association, the Hidden Treasures Garden Tour helps improve and preserve this part of Louisville Metro’s heritage.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers!