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Park Hills MKT & Garden Tour is Back for Second Year


The Park Hills MKT & Garden Tour returns in June.

Twelve private gardens will be featured as part of the tour, which will include trolley rides on June 22 and 23, 12 to 6 p.m.

One featured garden will be found on a 9.5-acre estate that dates back to 1922, and was the homestead of one of Park Hills's original developers, D. Collins Lee. Dr. Sigmund Sugarman now owns and curates the the site which has pathways connecting meandering tree-lined sculpture gardens and a view of the Cincinnati skyline.

The Victory Garden, tended by Carol Ann Whitehead, whose family has cultivated the plot of land since 1944, will also be featured. Whitehead continues to harvest and can her produce there on the site which now includes modern technology like a solar-powered deer-proofing fence.

Meanwhile, at Trolley Park, visitors will find food trucks, beer and bourbon, and artisan and farmer's mark, an expert tent, and free activities for kids, such as face-painting, seed-planting, and real-life fairies.

Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 on site, and offer access to the tour on both days, along with mini-workshops on topics such as deer-proofing, raising honeybees, conserving butterflies, and more. 

Tickets and maps will be for sale at Trolley Park or online at

Free parking and shuttle service for the event are available at Notre Dame Academy.

-Staff report

Photo: A featured garden from a tour in Covington (RCN file)

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