JULY 6 - The Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation’s “DeTours” program will travel for the first time to Jessamine County to explore the Chaumiere des Prairies located at 1439 Catnip Hill Road in Nicholasville. Colonel David Meade acquired the 330 acres of land in the early 19th century, and the house was built around 1840 by the subsequent owner. Although Colonel Meade’s gardens (said to have rivaled those of Versailles) are long gone, their site, the Chaumiere des Prairies was a part of what made Lexington the “Athens of the West.” JULY 12 - Explore new and exciting sedums as part of a Fayette County Extension Service workshop Tuesday, July 12, at 3 p.m. This workshop will cover their culture and provide rooted cuttings of several types for you to try. The cost is $20. For more information, got to www.fayette.ca.uky.edu/horticulture JULY 13 - The 2016 Lexington Arboretum Birdhouse Display opens Wednesday, July 13 and will continue through Sunday, July 31. Birdhouses may be delivered to the visitor center on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. until noon and July 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Silent auction bid sheets will be in the visitor center. All birdhouses will be on display outdoors. Bid sheets available weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the visitor center. JULY 16 - The 2016 Bluegrass Fair Flower and Vegetable Show will be July 16-17. The annual show is an opportunity for gardeners of all ages in Fayette and surrounding counties to learn, compete, see what others are growing successfully in this area. Information may be seen at www.bgflowershow.com or by calling Fayette County Extension Office (859) 257-5582. JULY 21 Find out secrets of the winter vegetable garden as part of a Fayette County Extension Service workshop Thursday, July 21, 6:30 p.m. For more information, got to www.fayette.ca.uky.edu/horticulture JULY 22-31 - The Home Builders Association of Lexington presents the 2016 scattered site Grand Tour of Homes, July 22, 23, 24, and July 29, 30, and 31. The tour will be open Friday from 5 until 8 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. For details, go to www.hbalexington.com. There is no charge to attend.