Buffalo Trace Botanical Garden
The botanical garden was inspired by Colonel Albert B. Blanton’s love of plants and the natural world.Â Â Blanton livedÂ at the Stony Point property of Buffalo Trace while devoting his career to producing fine whiskey and preserving theÂ Buffalo Trace Distillery.Â The design process was very interesting and full of history.Â As part of the process, I had the honor of meeting and interviewingÂ Elmer T. Lee, who introduced single barrel bourbon in 1984, along with Maxine Wiley, Blanton’s secretary.Â Â Both reminisced about the grounds and how spectacular the flowers were during those times.Â The design entailed the entire Stony Point Buffalo Trace property and the first phase installation included allÂ hardscapes and gardens in the rose and mum garden, a rock garden, a shade garden under a historic beech tree, and several single tree plantings along the drive.
Blanton’sÂ rose and mum garden stoneÂ terraces were still intact, along with the remains of a water feature.Â Â Â Several David Austin variety roses, mums, and rose companion plants (lavender, foxglove, daisies, and more old fashioned plants)Â were usedÂ as well asÂ the existing row of boxwood.Â Â The colors of Buffalo Trace Distillery are rust orange, and all plantings are yellow, orange, and red with some purple to cool it down.Â New paver paths with circle detailsÂ replaced the old stone pathsÂ and large scale cedar arbors were added toÂ the rose and mumÂ garden for visitors.Â The old water feature was carefully excavated and brought back to life with the existing limestone boulders which had beautiful water markings.Â Â Additional paths and limestone slab stepsÂ in the rock garden were painstakingly addedÂ in consideration of working aroundÂ the existing terrain and boulders which were to remain.Â In the rock garden section, several native cultivars and unique species are planted, and all are labeled.Â As with most projects, drainage was an issue, soÂ a medium sized rain garden wasÂ installed to capture the runoff from the long blacktop driveway.
The project also includes several more phases for outdoor entertainment and gardening, which will be installed 2013 and beyond.
Frankfort, KY Late winter and spring 2012
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