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

Some people today get into growing or gardening since of a particular sort of plant, these as roses or orchids. Some others are drawn to the pastime as a calming, meditative practice. For Bob Bobrow, the venture commenced 18 a long time back as a way to appeal to hummingbirds into his St. Matthews yard.

Starting off modest

“The back garden started off tiny in 2004 and progressively grew to fill our entire great deal,” Bobrow explained to The Courier Journal. “Every growth was prompted by getting a new plant or plant sort that we wished to contain in the garden or a wish to entice wildlife — hummingbirds, goldfinch, butterflies, and dragonflies, for illustration.”

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

Currently, the immaculate backyard involves anything from fundamental flora together with daylilies, irises, peonies, hostas, and roses, to much less-popular vegetation these as crossvine, girl slippers, spigelia marilandica, toad lilies, Turk’s cap lilies, Canada lilies, cup plants, and a wide variety of peonies. The space also features a sizeable assortment of big rocks, as effectively as 20 kinds of Japanese maple.

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A tree commencing

“(I) obtained begun … on the Japanese maple kick when I was about 9 or 10 yrs old,” Bobrow discussed. “My uncle … experienced an orchard and … some decorative trees, and I bear in mind him getting me out just one day and exhibiting me this tree that experienced red leaves. In 1969 … they weren’t that widespread 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

Many years later on, Bobrow and his brothers inherited the land — and he remembered the tree. With a whole lot of energy and quite a few encouraging fingers, he was ready to transfer the maple to his front garden, where by it however sits to this working day.

Other aspects of the backyard garden are also Japanese-inspired, which include the modest koi pond, as nicely as the birdbath set on the facet of the driveway.

“The birdbath is wabi-sabi fashion,” Bobrow described. “The concept (is that) that you don’t want one thing ideal. You just want a normal glance.”

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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, produced by Japanese horticulturist Dr. Toichi Itoh — are sprinkled all over.

“I enjoy peonies,” Bobrow exclaimed. “You cannot definitely get a lot prettier than that. … The (Itoh peonies) have a yellow forged to them typical peonies don’t … and there’s a good deal extra colour variation to them.”

Favourite florals

Bobrow’s back garden offers a myriad of crops, but he claims his favorites are the Canada lilies, which are native to North The usa.

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

“It’s a truly really plant,” he said. “It’ll get (a few to eight feet) tall, then (the) blooms will splay and tumble more than, and they dangle considerably like the blooms of the columbine.”

He’s also fond of the a variety of peonies he has planted, including the Itohs. But when it arrives to the best component of the backyard by itself, Bobrow suggests it is a combination of having the concluded place and the act of putting in the work to create it.

“Every evening, if it’s great, we’re sitting out listed here,” he explained, adding that in the mornings, he’ll be seated on the opposite conclusion. Various chairs and benches are unfold in the course of so that the views from all angles can be appreciated in distinctive means, based on where the sunshine hits at any particular 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 finish, that’s the most fulfilling part,” he reported. “But a thing about accomplishing it all by yourself helps make it far more enjoyable. … I imagine any one who is a genuine gardener has a really robust regulate impulse, (simply because) you’re generating your have environment.”

Bobrow’s backyard is just one of 7 that are being showcased in the 2022 Kilgore Home & Backyard Tour.