Calendar of Events


The spring beauties are blooming all over the grounds of Ashland.


Ashland’s 400 trees, some dating back to Henry Clay’s time, are an important part of the  history of the Ashland Estate and of Lexington.  Last year’s first-time-ever  Adopt-a-Tree program helped care for over 80 of these trees.  This year, you can Adopt-a-Tree for $100, $200, or $500 which provides needed pruning and care.

Community Care Day

Join us Saturday, April 26 from 1:00 – 4:00 and help make a difference!  Many of you joined us last August for this day and helped make a huge improvement to our grounds by removing weeds from around trees and clearing debris.  Make sure to wear long sleeves and gloves and bring clippers and rakes.

Gingko Tree Cafe

Our lovely outdoor seasonal cafe run by Selma’s Catering will reopen in late April.  For wonderful lunchtime ambiance and delicious sandwiches, salads and desserts, a noontime stop at the Gingko Tree is a must!  The Gingko Tree Cafe is open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 2:00, weather permitting.


Peony Sale and Garden Tour

Sunday, May 4th from 2:00 – 4:00

We will feature 10 varieties of peonies (including 3 Saunders) from Kelly Nursery, potted and ready to plant. Prices range from $30 – $85.  Proceeds benefit Ashland.  This is also a great time to learn about the Formal Garden and Peony Garden at Ashland.


Lawn Party

Saturday, June 21 from 5:00 to 10:00

Last year was a sell-out with over 400 guests enjoying Summer’s Best Party on the estate’s beautiful back lawn.  Live Jazz, Cocktails.  Silent Auction, Dinner by Dupree Catering, Live Auction and plenty of fun! Table of 8 $1,000.  Individual tickets $100 or $75 for 35 and under.


Henry Clay Croquet Tournament

Sunday, August 24

Grab a partner for an afternoon of croquet, music, food and fun.  Legacy trophy  and prize for winning team, no experience or equipment necessary, white attire preferred, teams of two $50.


Living History

Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 to 5:00

Featuring the War of 1812 and the Bicentennial of the Treaty of Ghent with 1812 era infantry, cavalry, and artillery, Regency era clothing, agriculture and livestock, craftspeople, special exhibit in the mansion and more.







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