The Laurel Oaks Garden Tour

The Laurel Oak Garden Club (LOGC) is holding their annual garden tour and luncheon this weekend, June 2. It will be held in conjunction with exhibitions at the Icehouse in Mayfield. Tickets for the garden tour are $15 and includes a seated luncheon prepared by Patricia of Mayfield Creek Market. Garden tickets will be available to purchase the day of tour.

The tour, which will take place from 10am - 2pm, will include the gardens of Don and Esther Hubbard (122 Campbell Court); Laddie and Emma Jane McAllister (332 Gold Cart Drive); Barbara Heath (1302 Fairway Circle); Jim and D-J Swant (624 S. 8th Street); and Mayfield Graves County Icehouse (120 N. 7th Street).

Natural flower arrangements will be provided by Ernie Nelson, owner of King’s Flowers and Antiques and member of the exhibiting family. The arrangements will be available for sale to visitors of the Garden Tour and may be picked up at the conclusion of the tour at 2pm.

Returning is the ever-popular Member Plant Sale featuring plants donated by LOGC members that are reasonably priced. “Glitzy Garden” Art pieces will also be on display which includes member custom-designed garden art glass sculptors and bird feeders. There will also be on-site vendors include pottery, soaps and fragrances.

The Club is selling tickets for the tour, plant sale and luncheon. See the Guild’s website for more information.

Laurel Oak Garden Club

The Club, located in Mayfield, is a passionate group of men and women who are joined together by their love of nature and gardening. It was organized in March1963 and federated in April, 1964. Its purpose is to gather together garden lovers for the study of horticulture, to promote artistry in flower arranging, home decoration and landscape design, to aid in the protection of all natural resources, and to encourage conservation practices in the home, community and state.

In addition to maintaining the gardens around the Icehouse Gallery, the LOGC is involved in a number of projects throughout our community, including:

  • The Gardens at the Graves County Public Library
  • Dollars for Scholars Fund for Youth Training Programs
  • Hospitality Stations for the Annual Kiwanis BAM! Bicycle Tour
  • Kess Creek Monarch Butterfly Way Station
  • Landscaping at Harmon Park
  • Gates at the Highland Park and Maplewood Cemeteries
  • Wyatt Drive Crepe Myrtle Ravine
  • Graves County Courthouse and Lawn
  • Sunflower Project for the Community's Schools

The LOGC hosts the annual garden tour, luncheon and plant sale. They also stage group field trips to major botanical gardens in Nashville and Saint Louis. The Club members meet monthly; interested gardeners can contact the Icehouse Gallery to be connected with a Garden Club sponsor who will escort them to the next meeting. 

At the Icehouse

A collection of works by members of the Nelson family of Mayfield is on display at the Icehouse until June 23. The exhibition features works by Ralph and Helen Ernestine Nelson and their eight children, along with works by several of the Nelson’s grandchildren.

Notable works include sculpture by Al Nelson, known internationally for his stone works carved at his studio in Louisville, and original dolls by Martha Nelson Thomas, the dollmaker who originally conceived the soft doll idea for what became the line of popular Cabbage Patch dolls. The show also includes photography by Art Guild member April McCormack.

The story of the cabbage patch dolls is well documented at Vice. Xavier Roberts saw Martha Nelson's dolls at an art fair in Kentucky and asked her to send some to his gift shop in Georgia. He began to have duplicates of the dolls manufactured overseas and marketed them under the Cabbage Patch name. A lawsuit for trade infringement was brought by Martha Nelson [Thomas] and she was awarded an undisclosed amount.

The Icehouse

The Icehouse Gallery, home to the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild, is located at 120 South 1st Street, one block north of Broadway and the Courthouse Square, in Mayfield, Kentucky. Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am - 5pm and, 10am - 1pm on Saturday. Admission to the Gallery is always free. The reception is open to the public.