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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012 » LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER » KENTUCKY.COM/LIVING » SECTION B BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE ICHTHUS FESTIVAL. LIFE + FAITH, B6 LIFE + HOME Buy photo reprints at PHOTOS BY DAVID PERRY | Geneva Donaldson walked her dog, Babu, in her garden at 304 West Third Street. Donaldson is co-chairing the inaugural Secret Gardens, Fountains & Patios tour involving homes around Gratz Park. NO NEED TO SNEAK A PEEK Gratz Park neighborhood offers tours of yards, gardens By Mary Meehan The tree behind Carolyn Hackworth is thought to have been be planted by Lucretia Clay, wife of Henry Clay, about 200 years ago. Hackworth’s back-yard patio is on Sunday’s tour. Hackworth’s cantilevered sun room was designed by Clay Lancaster. The brick wall was cut to give the gingko more room. DIGGING IN Events and gatherings that are cropping up Midway Community Garden Work Day. 10 a.m. June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21. Midway Presbyterian Church, 107 N. Turner St., Midway. (859) 8464751. Weekend Workout. 10 a.m. June 23. McConnell Springs, 416 Rebmann Ln., Lexington. (859) 225-4073. www. Hickory Springs of Montgomery Daylilies “Dazzling Daylily Days.” 10 a.m. June 23, 24, 28, 29, 30; 1 p.m. July 1; 10 a.m. July 5-7; 1 p.m. July 8; 10 a.m. July 12-14; 1 p.m. July 15. Free. Hickory Springs Of Montgomery Daylilies, 4410 McCormick Rd., Mt. Sterling. Antioch Daylily Garden. 10 a.m. See DIGGING IN, B2 All of us have wanted to peek over a wall, sneak a look through a fence or strain to catch a glimpse of something just out of view. The Gratz Park Neighborhood Association is offering a chance to do just that on Sunday with a tour called Secret Gardens, Fountains & Patios. Opening the gates into the private gardens is a first for the neighborhood, said Carolyn Hackworth, who co-chairs the event with Sharon Reed and Geneva Davidson. “These are all gardens that are not seen from the street,” she said. Visitors will have a chance to see 11 gardens in the historic neighborhood near downtown, including Hackworth’s small patio garden, a space with a lap pool and what is thought to be one of the oldest elm trees in Lexington. Some homeowners have extended their indoor space, creating outdoor “rooms,” such as the three neatly arranged sections behind the See GRATZ, B2 A hosta and hydrangeas make an eye-catching combination in this garden on West Third Street. IF YOU GO This American elm, perhaps the oldest elm in Lexington, is a centerpiece at 215 North Mill Street. Gratz Park Secret Gardens, Fountains & Patios tour When: 1-6 p.m. June 24 Where: 11 homes around Gratz Park, 250 W. Third St. Tickets: Available beneath the arch in the park. $15; free for children younger than 10 with paying adult. More photos: See a gallery from the Gratz Park gardens at At 258 Market Street, the grounds are divided into distinct “rooms.” Bane of summer: tips on dealing with poison ivy By Dale Roe Austin American-Statesman Think of it as the cockroach of the weed world. Poison ivy thrives in extreme heat and drought, and spreads through the most casual of contact. And like the crunchy insect pests, it can seem impossible to eradicate. With all of summer’s outdoor activity, we’re scratching our information itch by looking at what threats the weed poses and how those threats can be avoided, or at least mitigated and treated. What causes the itch? Urushiol oil is present in all parts of the poison ivy plant, and you’ll know whether you’ve come in contact with it. Most people will develop an itchy, blistering rash. The more you’ve come in contact, the more allergic you’re likely to become. This rash might not develop until 12 to 24 hours after contact, when it’s too late to take steps to prevent or lessen the effects, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. How do I get it? Poison ivy’s leaves grow in clusters of three, and it sprouts green-yellow flowers in the spring. And there are surprising ways to become infected with it. Many people get it by using gas or electric trimmers, says Trisha Shirey, an organic gardener and director of Flora & Fauna at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas. “They don’t know they’ve weeded poison ivy and then they handle the trimmer head and get it that way.” What do I do after exposure? If you do See POISON IVY, B2 Life + Home Editor Scott Shive » Phone (859) 231-1412 » Email MELINDA FAWVER | GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Poison ivy grows in three-leaf clusters. It has urushiol oil in all parts of the plant, which causes a rash.

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