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Two Newport Gardens to Be Featured on KET Program

Rustic garden rooms, colorful planters, elaborate ponds, Japanese-inspired archways, whimsical beds of wildflowers – all are highlighted as part of an upcoming KET special that takes viewers behind fences and gates to enjoy some of Kentucky’s most beautiful private gardens.

Kentucky’s Secret Gardens airs Monday, May 14 at 9 p.m. on KET and Monday, May 21 9 p.m. on KET2.

Two homes in Newport will be featured.

The program visits a variety of private gardens, both large and small, rural and urban, throughout the state. Stops include the Garden at Lincliff, the Louisville garden of the late mystery writer Sue Grafton and her husband, Steven Humphrey, who painstakingly restored the grounds of a classic 1912 estate.

Other stops include Lexington, Versailles, Berea, Eubank, and Salvisa, in addition to Newport.

There, the pocket gardens of Emery Schmidt & Jim Swearingen and Wes & Scott Ledyard will be featured. 

KET says the two homes prove that beautiful gardens can be created even in the smallest urban spaces.

The program also features footage from the 2017 Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour, hosted by the Lexington Council of Garden Clubs. And, gardening expert and program host Tavia Cathcart Brown, who has co-authored books on wildflowers and on Kentucky’s Bernheim Forest, shares general gardening tips to help viewers’ own home gardens thrive.

Kentucky’s Secret Gardens is a KET production, produced by Frank Simkonis and Teresa Day.