The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden's Dazzling Daylilies Festival will be 10 years old next month.

And the Garden plans to celebrate with a 10-day festival.

That's up from seven days last year.

The celebration kicks off on June 20 with "Charcuterie Alongside The Daylilies" and a meeting of the Chamber Young Professionals at the garden.

Webstaurantstore.com says, "Charcuterie (pronounced "shahr-ku-tuh-ree") is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese and sauces."

Susie Tyler, the Garden's executive director, said the Chefs of the Garden and Jeanie Bosley Heath will be preparing the food.

June 21 will feature "Dogs By The Daylilies."

Tyler said people can bring their dogs to the garden that night.

"We'll have giveaways, dog photos with the daylilies, a dog dig and hot dogs and bark brew," she said.

June 22 will be a big day.

Several local artists will be painting in various locations in the garden.

"We expect a sizable number painting throughout the garden," Tyler said.

The day has a circus theme.

"We'll have clowns, stilt-walkers and other circus entertainment," Tyler said.

Tethered hot-air balloon rides will be available, and a balloon glow is planned at dusk.

"The U.S. Bank balloon will be on display," Tyler said.

U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo are major sponsors of the festival, and a VIP gala is planned for them that evening.

June 23 will feature a cruise-in and sampler foods from two U.S. Bank cookbooks.

A guided daylily tour is on tap for June 24.

June 25 will feature photography in the garden and a Lunch, Listen, Learn program with Laura Teague of Teaguewood Daylily Garden.

A guided hike for kids is scheduled on June 26.

Bluegrass fans attending ROMP Fest at Yellow Creek Park are invited to tour the Garden on June 27 and 28.

"We had a nice group from ROMP last year," Tyler said. "This year, we're having a Popsicle station to cool them off."

The festival ends on June 29 with daylily sales, music and the announcement of the winners in the Name-A-Daylily and photography contests.

Tyler said during June and early July, the Garden's Daylily Dig Beds will be open for people to dig and purchase daylilies.

Prices are $10 and $12 per clump.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

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