2014 Season

Looking forward to opening the gardening season at Big Bone Gardens!

Though we know you will be busy with egg hunts and Easter preparations our first weekend is April 19th.  From then until mid-July we will be open weekends 12pm-5pm.  After this tough winter, I think everyone needs some Horticulture Therapy!


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Tour Big Bone Gardens

Lotus pond at Big Bone Gardens

Hear about the town of Big Bone from Mary Ellen Pesek, while you take a guided tour of Big Bone Gardens.  Enjoy perennial gardens, a blooming lotus pond, a museum of old garden tools, and several historic structures.  Some physical ability is required, along with sturdy walking shoes.  Parking is limited.

Big Bone Gardens is located across Beaver Road (KY 338) from Big Bone Lick State Historic Site.  The tour starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

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End of the season

Thanks for a great season!  The garden is now closed.  Please call us for your pond plant needs.

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Lotus Watercolor

Jack Steele is a watercolor artist whose “ultimate influence for creating art stems directly from the Godhead and the amazing creation that is in and all around us.”  He also draws inspiration from the works of Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Homer, Turner, and Hopper, as well as from the contemporary watercolor work of Charles Reid, Judy Morris, and Alvaro Castagnet.

Steele visited Big Bone Gardens on July 2, 2011 to paint the blooming lotus pond.  Here is his account of the day:

“I went out to paint this Saturday and was directed to this wonderful garden.  It was overcast and a bit dreary (light wise, I was still enthralled by the environs) at first, but when the sun finally came up, it was beautiful… completely different light.  I decided to sit on [a rickety bench] rather than lug my chair up the hill to get to the pond.  Right away I told myself, ‘Don’t lean back!’  Well, I got into my painting and forgot what I was doing and slowly stretched back…  In super slow motion, the bench carried me back and gently crashed me down the hill.  The funny thing was when I unwrapped myself from the wreckage and righted the bench, a pleasant scent of rosemary filled the air as I had crushed some in the fall!”

And here is the result, a beautiful watercolor painting of the Big Bone Gardens lotus pond:

Copyright © Jack Steele. Image used with permission from the artist.

Steeleman’s Artwork

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The lotus are blooming!



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Check out what’s new!

We have a great selection of water plants and unusual perennials ready.001

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Something to cheer the soul on a bleak day!



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076 The white wisteria is now blooming.

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Rabbit Hash

079 Rabbit Hash Mercantile –plants now available!

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