|"Welcome to Garden Hall"
Originally from Minnesota, Richard and Anna Marie Rosen lived and gardened in Austin, Texas for 25 years. But water rationing gave them the opportunity to move wherever they wanted. Destiny (and research) led them to downtown Frankfort, Kentucky in 2010. The historic home and garden were built by Graham Vreeland, founder of the local newspaper, in 1913, and named Garden Hall. The architect was D.X. Murphy who designed the twin spires at Churchill Downs. The old and new state capitols are within walking distance, along with restaurants and shops. Historic Liberty Hall and Gardens are across the street. The Kentucky River makes a bend just one block south and west. And the river bluff shelters the garden from strong winds.
Anna Marie Pavlik (her artist name) is a fine art printmaker, and her press and other equipment are in the basement; framing and storage are on the third floor. I spend much of this time in the garden and enjoy visiting with the many people who go for walks in this beautiful historic neighborhood. Originally an avid rose grower, I was introduced to daylilies by the late Bill Ater in Austin, and was pulled into service of AHS by Kay Day of Dallas. I have served on the AHS Board of Directors for both Regions 6 and 10.
I have attended 24 AHS National Conventions over the years, and was very happy to have my garden on tour for the 2016 convention hosted by Louisville. These photos were all taken by me or several great photographers during the convention, who shared their pics with me. Please notice the credits for each photo. Thanks go to everyone who sent me their photos, even if they are not shown here. I loved them all.
Various pieces of sculpture make interesting garden accents. The newest is in the center of the back garden, by a Louisville sculptor named Mike McCarthy. Atlantis, under the small arbor at the far end of the garden is by the late Damian Priour of Austin. There are many various cat figures to see in the garden. Percy, an adopted stray, lives in the house, and spayed mother and daughter, Audrey and Roberta, prowl the garden.