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Memory Lane tour features 7 gardens in Fayette County

A garden on Grand Avenue isone of those featuredon the June 22 and 23 Questers Garden Tour to raise funds to restore a Krell player piano made in Connersville.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

A local garden tour will also help the Questers pay for restoration of a player piano that is on display at the Fayette County Historical Museum.

The Questers received a $5,000 grant to help pay for the restoration of the Connersville-made Krell player piano. The Questers 2018 Garden Tour will add to the restoration fund. It’s theme is “Memory Lane.”

Susan Spence said the Josiah Wedgwood Chapter 172 in Fayette County will host the tour Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

“Historic Connersville is very lucky to have Questers wanting to do it,” she said.

Seven locations have been chosen, six open on Saturday and a seventh on Sunday.

The names and locations of the gardens are not disclosed until a ticket is purchased. They range from north to south in Fayette County. Here are some clues about what visitors will see.

At one location, a swimming pool had been removed. The owners filled the space with flowers and a waterfall.

Another site has been in the planning for more than six years before becoming reality last year. The garden is filled with many varieties of brightly colored annuals. Also, an antique planter is included in the design.

A garden at a 1925 house has many black-eyed Susans with hens-and-chicks planted in the corners. Other perennials and annuals flowers highlight the garden as well as accent plants.

At another location, the front entrance and a deck in back have been enhanced with flowers. Perennials and annuals provide a change each year.

Bringing back memories of country life is the goal of another Connersville garden. Not only are perennials and annual flowers in abundance but also feeders and plantings are present to encourage birds, butterflies and wildlife to visit. A vegetable garden helps keep the family busy.

Trees and other items present from the family of the original owner are still prominent in one garden. The 1832 house is still in use. Flower beds have been developed on the property.

The Sunday-only location has many different species to provide habitat and food for birds and other pollinators. The site has a prairie grass installation with wildflowers.

Tickets for the tour are $10 for those 13 and older and the tour will proceed rain or shine. Tickets are available at both locations of Union Savings and Loan Association, the Fayette County Historical Museum, National Road Antique Mall in Cambridge City or by calling Karen at 765-265-8755.

The ticket will have the addresses and a map of the locations

The Questers is international organization that encourages the preservation and restoration of existing landmarks.

Previous grants and tours have funded the restoration of a coach at the Whitewater Valley Railroad, researching and locating informational signs throughout Roberts Park and restoration of Connersville-made American Kitchens cabinets and a Philco refrigerator in the new Historical Museum.