Tour 2 Gardens
Sunnyside Master Gardener Gardens at the Georgetown Optimist Club
The Sunnyside Master Gardener Butterfly Garden was designed by Gold Level Master Gardener Ray Weatherholt. Work began on the garden, which is shaped like a butterfly, in 2004. The garden was created to attract native butterflies, with plants selected for bloom in 3 seasons. It was intended as a thank you to the Optimist Club for the use of its grounds and facilities for the Youth Master Gardener Program and as a potential prototype for other butterfly gardens. Each year, in mid-July, an open house is held with speakers and plant giveaways, to help increase public awareness of the garden.
In 2013, the Butterfly Garden, a certified Monarch Waystation, won second place in the Demonstration Garden Division of the Purdue Master Gardener Search for Excellence Awards.
A garden program was developed for children in 2002 to teach them how to grow flowers and vegetables. The program covers topics such as soils, plant growth and development, insects, ecology and the environment, annuals and perennials, fruits and nuts, and herbs and vegetables. These are supplemented with hands-on activities. Each child has the opportunity to plant in half of a 4’ X 18’ raised bed, constructed by the Sunnyside Master Gardeners.
Produce from a specially designated "Community Bed" has been donated in past years to the Youth Detention Facilities of Floyd or Clark Counties and this past year The Center for Lay Ministries in Jeffersonville.
In 2010, the Youth Master Gardener program won First Place in the Demonstration Garden Division of the Purdue Master Gardener Search for Excellence Awards.
Georgetown Optimist Club Gardens
What started as 4 raised flower beds for the Trailblazer 4-H Club now consists of numerous beds and memorial plantings throughout the property. The grounds are enjoyed by the whole community, especially those driving State Rd. 64 everyday, as well as the dog walkers and joggers who live nearby. The gardens provide a showcase of what to plant for wildlife while protecting the environment, beautifying our community, and living the motto of “Helping Others Grow.”
Turtle Run Winery
Turtle Run Winery is known for incredible scenery, complex dry red and white wines, sweet wines with no sugar added, a Sunday concert series with some of the region ‘s best bands, and unusual winery tours.
With rolling hills, the winery and vineyard are surrounded by woods. Mixing classic old barns with natural and added flora, Turtle Run invites relaxation.
A visit at Turtle Run Winery is not complete without a tour from Jim Pfeiffer, owner and winemaker. A consummate student of wines and vines, he has extensively researched the taste, viticulture, winemaking, and the history of wine.
The staff will make suggestions based on visitors’ preferences. With 30 wines on the list, they claim there is a wine for everyone.
The gardens at Whitehall offer a beautiful space to explore and enjoy a variety of expansive gardens including the Arboretum, Specimen Garden, Formal Florentine Garden and the Woodland Fern Garden. The Fern Garden is the highlight of Whitehall and will be the primary focus of the tour, although visitors also will see the formal gardens that lead to it.
Whitehall’s fern garden started as a small fern display garden several years ago in collaboration with Ralph Archer (a Kentucky Master Gardener), a self-proclaimed “fernatic” who volunteered his time at Whitehall. In the years since, the garden has grown in size, evolving into a regionally unprecedented collection of ferns and other woodland plants. Today, there are more than 150 species, sub-species, or named cultivars in the garden, including 30 named Victorian cultivars.
The garden also serves as a “stumpery,” a Victorian garden design where tree logs and stumps are used for the rustic planting of ferns and other woodland plants and is an official display garden of the national Hardy Fern Foundation.
Designed by Hume Logan, Jr., the Formal Garden at Whitehall was first planted in the early 1970s. The garden is characterized by its Florentine influence, featuring reproductions of Italian statuary from Logan’s personal collection and wrought iron trellises manufactured by the Logan Company, the family business that specialized in fencing and steel products.
Also known as the Peony Garden, the Specimen Garden, a hidden treasure, features numerous varieties of bulbs, perennials, herbaceous plants, evergreens, and specimen trees along a winding path.