After a two-year hiatus, the 2022 Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation’s Antiques & Garden Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, Fri. March 4-Sun., March 6.
We spoke with BGT Executive Director Jonathan Coleman to discuss the fun-filled weekend + learn a little bit more about the group behind those famous bronze signs.
The Blue Grass Trust is a donor-funded nonprofit that aims to protect + promote special historic places in the community. “Basically, we’re a group of concerned citizens, with a mission to educate, provide service, and mostly to advocate for preservation,” said Jonathan.
“We want to make preservation accessible for everyone. We don’t care if it’s a 1950s bungalow or 1700s mansion.” The group can lead you to available historic tax credits or people who can properly renovate older homes.
We see them everywhere, but what exactly do the plaques represent? “It’s basically a way to sort of shift one’s focus to think about the house. It’s not just bricks and mortar, it actually represents something that’s part of the fabric of a larger community,” said Jonathan. Find out how to become a part of the Plaque Program here.
Antiques & Garden Show
The three-day event kicks off with a special ticketed Gala Preview Party on Thurs., March 3 from 6-9 p.m. hosted by interior designers Matt Carter + Brent Bruner. The rest of the weekend will feature a variety of vendors showcasing fine antiques, seasonal florals, and eye-catching designer vignettes. Guests will have access to daily complimentary lectures from designers, event planners, photographers, and other home and garden experts.
Single-day tickets are $25+ or a full weekend ticket for $40+. Keynote presentations + Cocktail & Quickfire events are also will be an additional fee. Proceeds from the event benefit The Blue Grass Trust and its mission.
How to get involved
Become a member — the group receives no regular city, state, or federal funding, so support + membership is key.
Check out its deTours — learn about sites that make the Bluegrass special, held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
Take a Self-guided walking tour
Attend The Hopemont House Museum Lecture Series