The Nannine Clay Wallis House,  The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., State Headquarters
616 Pleasant Street, Paris, Kentucky 40361, 859-987-6158

Wallis House


The Wallis house was built about 1850 and is on the national Register of Historic Places. Nannine Clay Wallis bequeathed her estate on Pleasant Street to The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. in 1970 to continue her love of arboriculture and horticulture and to share this love with others, especially children. Mrs. Wallis was the founder of The Garden Club of Kentucky and served as president, 1933-1935. The 4.5 acre grounds include many gardens and some trees that date back 200 years.

About Wallis House

The Wallis House consists of eighteen rooms, with three full baths and an elevator. There are two double parlors, and a small upstairs apartment in the rear that is entered from the side of the house. Each room is decorated with furnishings from the era. The stairway in the front hall leads to a landing backed by a beautiful large stained glass window, and on a bright day with sunlight shining through the lovely colors it is truly a celestial sight.

Support Wallis House

An ideal way to help support The Garden Club Of Kentucky, Inc., Headquarters is by contributing $200 to become a member of the “Millennium Club” or $100 to join the Century Club. All contributions are tax deductible and will be invested in a equity fund that will grow. Donations to these funds should be made payable to “GCKY” and be sent to: Jan Worth, GCKY State Treasurer, 2305 Shannon Road, Paris, KY 40361.

Inscribe your name

Other ways of giving to support the Headquarters is to give donations to the Wallis Home Book of Appreciation and Book of Remembrance  or the GCKY Memorial Brick for an engraved brick to be installed in the Brick Walk at The Garden Club of Kentucky Headquarters. These are lovely ways to honor someone we love and will help so much in maintaining our State Headquarters. Make checks to this fund payable to “GCKY” and send to: Tina Mickelson, 153 Wildcat Drive, Richmond, KY 40475

Renting the Wallis House

Located in downtown Paris, the Nannine Clay Wallis House & Arboretum offer a peaceful setting for special functions and is available to rent. Are you planning a wedding or anniversary reception, bridal shower, club event, or would you like your group to be served a tea party? The Nannine Clay Wallis House & Arboretum may be just the place for your special event. For more information and/or reservations call 859-987-6158.



Wallis Arboretum

The Arboretum is open to the public, sunrise to sunset, free of charge.

For guided tours call: 859-987-6158

About the Arboretum

The Wallis Arboretum is considered one of the finest old tree collections in Central Kentucky. The Wallis Arboretum provides an educational facility and environment where all may find beauty and a better understanding of the world around us. The first trees were planted in the mid-1850s at a time when having the newest tree introduction was a status symbol. The majority of the planting was under the direction of Nannine Clay Wallis for whom the Arboretum was named. Mrs. Wallis was one of the founders of The Garden Club of Kentucky. Later, she was its president as well as that of The National Council of State Garden Clubs. Under the direction of The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. and The Wallis Arboretum, the tradition continues today with the planting of the newest varieties and preserving the old.

Rent the Arboretum

The Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum & House offers a peaceful setting for special functions and is available to rent. The Wallis Arboretum and State Headquarters is owned and operated by The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. as a non-profit public educational, horticultural and charitable organization. For more information and/or reservations call: 859-987-6158

Be a Friend of the Arboretum

If you would like to be a Friend of The Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum, membership is as follows:

  • Individual $25
  • Family $35
  • Contributor/ Organization $50
  • Supporter $100
  • Patron $500
  • Benefactor $1000

Make check payable to The Garden Club of Kentucky and mail to:
Tina Mickelson, GCKY Treasurer
153 Wildcat Drive
Richmond, Kentucky 40475