May 20, 2024

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St. Matthews Tudor-style home part of 2022 Kilgore Home & Garden Tour

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St. Matthews Tudor-style home part of 2022 Kilgore Home & Garden Tour

Some people get into escalating or gardening mainly because of a certain sort of plant, this kind of as roses or orchids. Some others are drawn to the interest as a calming, meditative practice. For Bob Bobrow, the venture commenced 18 many years in the past as a way to bring in hummingbirds into his St. Matthews backyard.

Beginning smaller

“The backyard garden started little in 2004 and step by step grew to fill our overall lot,” Bobrow explained to The Courier Journal. “Every expansion was prompted by finding a new plant or plant style that we preferred to include things like in the backyard garden or a want to appeal to wildlife — hummingbirds, goldfinch, butterflies, and dragonflies, for instance.”

The home and garden of Robert Bobrow will be part of the Kilgore Garden Tour. May 18, 2022

Currently, the immaculate back garden incorporates every little thing from basic flora which include daylilies, irises, peonies, hostas, and roses, to a lot less-prevalent vegetation these kinds of as crossvine, girl slippers, spigelia marilandica, toad lilies, Turk’s cap lilies, Canada lilies, cup vegetation, and a variety of peonies. The area also offers a sizeable selection of massive rocks, as effectively as 20 kinds of Japanese maple.

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A tree starting

“(I) got began … on the Japanese maple kick when I was about 9 or 10 several years old,” Bobrow described. “My uncle … had an orchard and … some decorative trees, and I keep in mind him getting me out 1 working day and showing me this tree that experienced purple leaves. In 1969 … they weren’t that common all around in this article.”

A Japanese maple tree in the front yard of Robert Bobrow. Borrow had the tree moved from another home to avoid is being damaged by a sidewalk installation. Bobrow's home will be part of the Kilgore Garden Tour. May 18, 2022

Decades afterwards, Bobrow and his brothers inherited the land — and he remembered the tree. With a lot of energy and quite a few supporting fingers, he was equipped to transfer the maple to his entrance yard, wherever it nonetheless sits to this day.

Other things of the backyard are also Japanese-inspired, together with the tiny koi pond, as effectively as the birdbath set on the facet of the driveway.

“The birdbath is wabi-sabi design and style,” Bobrow stated. “The plan (is that) that you do not want a thing fantastic. You just want a natural appear.”

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The home and garden of Robert Bobrow will be part of the Kilgore Garden Tour. May 18, 2022

Itoh peonies — hybrids from a tree peony bred with an herbaceous peony, created by Japanese horticulturist Dr. Toichi Itoh — are sprinkled throughout.

“I adore peonies,” Bobrow exclaimed. “You just cannot really get much prettier than that. … The (Itoh peonies) have a yellow forged to them frequent peonies don’t … and there is a good deal far more shade variation to them.”

Preferred florals

Bobrow’s backyard features a myriad of vegetation, but he says his favorites are the Canada lilies, which are indigenous to North The us.

The home and garden of Robert Bobrow will be part of the Kilgore Garden Tour. May 18, 2022

“It’s a genuinely rather plant,” he reported. “It’ll get (3 to 8 feet) tall, then (the) blooms will splay and drop above, and they dangle substantially like the blooms of the columbine.”

He’s also fond of the a variety of peonies he has planted, such as the Itohs. But when it comes to the greatest element of the backyard alone, Bobrow suggests it’s a mixture of possessing the concluded place and the act of putting in the get the job done to develop it.

“Every evening, if it’s good, we’re sitting down out right here,” he claimed, incorporating that in the mornings, he’ll be seated on the reverse close. Various chairs and benches are unfold through so that the views from all angles can be savored in distinct strategies, based on in which the sun hits at any certain time of day. 

A single purple iris stands out from the greenery in the garden of Robert Bobrow. Bobrow's home will be part of the Kilgore Garden Tour. May 18, 2022

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“In the conclusion, that’s the most pleasing section,” he said. “But anything about performing it all you would make it additional pleasant. … I imagine any one who is a true gardener has a truly robust regulate impulse, (due to the fact) you’re creating your very own entire world.”

Bobrow’s yard is one of seven that are getting showcased in the 2022 Kilgore Household & Back garden Tour.

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