Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


June 15, 2014

Ironton in Bloom

8 stops on city’s annual backyard bonanza

IRONTON — The oldest house in Ironton is prepared for company.

Larry and Nancy Bush Kelly, daughter Kathy Bush and grandson Caleb Faulkner live in the large, stone house at 416 Lawrence St., which was built in 1840 by John Glidden.

“When this house was built, there was nothing here except a horse and buggy path,” Mrs. Kelly said, pointing out the porch which juts out into the sidewalk because the sidewalk was built around the already-standing porch.

The house, which has a perennial garden with a small water fountain and multiple patches of flowers throughout, is part of the Ironton in Bloom Backyard Tour, scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. June 22, with a rain date of June 29.

Meanwhile, work continues on one of the newest houses in town, the home of Tricia and Jackie Fields at 1602 So. Sixth St.

The house, on the site of the former Central School, was completed in July 2013 and the family moved in immediately. A 20,000-gallon, L-shaped pool was finished before the house, but landscaping and construction continue on the back yard, which also includes a pool house with a half bath, a sitting area that surrounds a fireplace, a water feature and more seating and a built-in propane heater just off an entrance to the house.

Those who are interested in flowers will look forward to the home of Mike and Tina Compliment at 2424 So. 12th St., where a wide variety of flowers grows with just the right touch of yard art.

The couple have lived there for 35 years; Mr. Compliment recalls the early days.

“When we were first married, we didn’t have any money and this all started with a few marigolds,” he said. “That cactus,” he said, pointing to a pot on the porch, “That cactus has been here 30-some years. It stays out all the time in all the weather.”

He said growing colorful blooms is his wife’s passion and purple is her favorite color, which explains the frequent pop of purples and deep blues throughout the yard among the creamy fox gloves, pink strawberry honeysuckle, deep reds and fuschias and abundant greenery.

Other sites on the tour are:

‰Mary Louise Vanderhoof

914 Pleasant St.

‰Penny and Steve Dodgian

1001 Mastin Ave.

‰Rita and Joe Issac

1327 Shawnee Trail

‰St. Mary’s Walking Trail and Native Plant Garden

1408 Campbell Drive

‰Lawrence County Historical Museum at 506 So. Sixth St.

Admission to the tour is $10. Refreshments will be provided at the museum, as well as tour maps.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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