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Garden Club to host “Tea at Wallis”

The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. is hosting a “Tea at Wallis” Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the donation of original furnishings of the Nannine Clay Wallis home by the great-nieces of Mrs. Wallis.

The Tea will be held at the 1850s National Register of Historic Places at 616 Pleasant Street, Paris. Mrs. Wallis bequeathed the house and gardens to The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. (GCKY) to serve as its headquarters. The gardens have since been developed into the nationally certified Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum.

Many of the furnishings are those of the Clay family, some dating to the Civil War, others purchased by the Wallis’ on their extensive travels and Kentucky built furniture. Great-niece Mary Whitney Thuell will be special guest at the Tea. She and Versailles native Joanna Dunlap Kirby, GCKY Furnishings Chair, worked together to select the furnishings to be returned to the house.

The furnishings and tea will be the focus of the docent-led house and arboretum tours. Featured teas from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and refreshments will be served throughout the day in the Music/Presidents Room.

Attendees may sip tea in the house or in the garden and visit the vendors. Tables will be set up in the Pergola next to the Hosta Garden.

Vendors include Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, “Wild Bill” Gordon’s handcrafted bird houses and feeders(Stanton), Buddy Dobbins Ceramics(Berea), garden author Karen Lanier, plants from Ironweed Native Plant Nursery (Kentucky natives)(Columbia) and Oakland Farm Trees(Kentucky natives)(Paris), plus “Wallis Rabbit”(Wallis Arboretum mascot)and other garden statues.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Loch Lea Antiques and Just Simply Southern, both in Paris, or by calling 859-559-8848.

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