Porch & Garden Tour

 Last weekend was gorgeous and great fun around here. Graduation and end of the school year celebrations continue to keep our family busy, busy & this blogger from blogging! My good friend Patti & I were able to scoot away for an afternoon though and enjoyed the Ashland Neighborhood Porch & Garden Tour. I thought you all might like to come along.

The residents of The Ashland Park Historic District are a warm & welcoming group of families. They take great pride in their historic homes surrounding Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.
On this day, residents served lemonade & sweet tea and invited visitors to relax on their front porches and explore their private gardens.
This Colonial Revival was my favorite. Approaching from around the corner, the layers and layers of manicured greenery lead you up to the front door framed by massive cloud-shaped boxwoods.
Around back on the patio, the owners were serving up iced tea as I was adoring the arched French doors leading along the back side of the home.
Only a very clever man would turn a wood pile into such a handsome wall separating the car port from the yard. So easy on the eyes I almost missed it.
More beautiful layers of greenery create a restful & quiet refuge, not that you really need one in Ashland.
The mossy roof and stonework was charming. This home was not on the tour and stalking was frowned upon. I seriously wanted to peek around back. Maybe another time.
Another fine Colonial Revival & I love the symmetry & brickwork all the way out to the street.
These giggles greeted us as we walked down the long driveway past this darling side entrance.
The trees around Ashland add so much to the architecture in this historic part of Lexington.
A softly patina'd bronze set the tone for the shade garden of a Tudor Revival and called for a respite from the tour.
More wonderful brick work allowed the small square back yard different levels and created rooms.
The sweet smell of honeysuckle lured guests to the back of a small cottage.
Simple and quiet. I love the umbrella.
The pool house was the star of this family's home.
I loved the black privacy door and the shutters suggesting windows along the white clapboard wall. Lavender lined the walkway just outside the French doors.
A perfect place for a home gym complete with flat screen and surround sound stereo.
What's upstairs you ask?
A heavenly retreat with fireplace, guest bath and office. I declare!

If you're in Lexington please join us! We'll soon be enjoying the lazy days of summer and I'd love to show you around.
If you enjoyed the Ashland Tour, you might also enjoy my walk around Gratz Park.

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all photos Lisa Porter
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