The Home Builders Association of Lexington 2016 Grand Tour of Homes was held in July and featured 40 new homes in Central Kentucky. Awards were given in eight categories based on the price of the homes. Atchison-Heller Construction’s  “Keene Road House” was in a category by itself at $2 million plus so Atchison Heller was awarded first place for the following: Curb Appeal, Landscaping, Kitchen, Master Suite, Floor Plan, Interior Features, Interior Lighting, and Overall. Since there were no comparable homes in this category, there was nothing to judge it against. Had it been judged, however, “it would have won,” said Sandy Beck of the HBAL. John Atchison started Atchison Construction in 1978, building custom homes and serving the Lexington community. Steve Heller joined longtime friend John Atchison in 2000 to form Atchison Heller Construction. They have built projects for The Hope Center of Lexington and a Memory Care Center for Wesley Village in Wilmore, Kentucky. Atchison Heller Construction supports the American Heart Association, Bluegrass Fraternal Order of Police, Building Institute of Central Kentucky, Catholic Action Center, Jubilee Jobs, Kerrington’s Heart Inc., Lexington Rescue Mission, Young Life, among others.


Thinking about adding a butterfly garden? Come and check out the butterflies of Raven Run on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Explore flower-filled meadows for the incredible diversity of butterflies that can be seen at Raven Run. Fifty-seven species (and still counting) have been seen at the park. Please call ahead to register for this program 859.272.6105. This program is weather dependent so call the park before you head to the program.

The Fayette County Farm Bureau Farm to Table Dinner will be held Friday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Walnut Lawn Farm. This four-course family style meal will be created and served by the culinary talents of The Sage Rabbit and Sullivan University. Each dish will celebrate the products of Clark Family Farm, Teal Tractor CSA, Rolling Blue Farm, Rosemont Bakehouse and Bellaire Blooms among others. The event will also feature beverages from West Sixth Brewery and Talon Winery. Ticket cost a tax-deductible donation to Bluegrass Double Dollars. This program directly benefits Kentucky farmers and improves the community’s health by making local produce more affordable for food-insecure families in Lexington. For tickets or more information, go to

Wilson’s Nursery will host a terrarium DIY workshop Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at its Lexington location, 2700 Palumbo Drive. Frothy fern fronds and colorful blossoms will transform a room by giving it a burst of vibrant green life. The Wilson staff designers will entice you into the whimsical world of tabletop gardens under glass. The fee includes a multitude of potting materials to create your lovely living art and refreshments to keep your creativity freely flowing.

If you prefer, bring your own glass container – a large vintage vase, miniature glass greenhouse or any other enclosed glass container terrarium garden glass vessels are discounted 25 percent to workshop participants at registration. Reservations are required. For more information, go to

Seedleaf will be host a master community composter training workshop every Thursday in October at the Plantory, 501 W. 6th Street in Lexington. Each Fayette County resident throws away nearly a ton of solid waste each year. Through composting, a third of this solid waste could be reused. Learn more about how to compost food waste at home. To make a reservation, email