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2012 Garden Walks & Pond Tours

*Garden Conservancy Tours*

Tours of special private gardens benefit the preservation of important landscapes. Self-guided. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at most locations. Each garden $5; book of 6 tickets $25; children under 12 free. Rain or shine. Info: 888-842-2442 weekdays or www.opendaysprogram.org.

July-August Schedule:
July 22: Five private gardens open in Lake Forest.
July 29: The Gardens at Ball open to the public in West Chicago.

 

Chicago

July
July 7
14th annual Bowmanville Garden Walk.
Tour 20 residential and three community gardens in neighborhood just west of Andersonville and north of Lincoln Square. Also: amateur photo contest. Sponsored by the Bowmanville Community Organization (BCO). 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation. Info: 866-837-1006 or www.boochicago.org.

July 8
West Edgewater Glen Garden Walk.
Creative small city gardens in an easily walkable tour highlighting “poison-free” gardens. Starting point maps available at 1420 W. Glenlake Ave. Noon to 5 p.m. $5; children free. Info: 773-761-3668 or kaulas@rcn.com.

August
Aug. 4
Eighth Annual Lincoln Square Garden Walk.
The walk includes more than 20 gardens in this burgeoning green neighborhood. 10am-4:30pm. The $10 walk fee benefits Common Pantry food pantry. Info: 312-286-0956.

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Northwest

July
July 7
Algonquin Garden Club Garden Walk.
Six gardens. Start point and tickets at Riverfront Park, Harrison Street and Algonquin Road (Illinois Route 62) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; tour hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of event. Info: 847-658-4641 or cweinhammer@yahoo.com.

July 14
McHenry County Garden Walk.
Eight public and private gardens, including two prairie gardens. Start at McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 before June 28, then $17; registration required. Info: 815-479-7570 or www.mchenry.edu/gardenwalk.

July 14
McHenry County Master Gardener Garden Walk.
Seven private gardens and the Harvard Garden, a Master Gardener-tended community vegetable garden. Start at McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Route 14, Crystal Lake. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 in advance (815-455-8764), $17 day of event. Info: 815-459-7570 or www.mchenry.edu.

July 14
“Bull Valley’s Garden Treasures,”
a once-in-a-decade garden walk including six gardens plus presentations, products and door prizes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Without lunch, $20 in advance, $25 day of event. With lunch, $30; preregistration required. Info: 815-347-9020 or bvgardenwalk@aol.com.

July 15
18th annual Garden Walk of the Park Ridge Garden Club. 
Seven gardens. 2 to 6 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 day of event at 310 N. Home Avenue or 505 S. Leonard St., Park Ridge. Info: www.sites.google.com/site/parkridgegardenclub.

July 22
Midwest Pond & Koi Society Pond Tour
of gardens in the northwestern Chicago area. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 per family, includes three other days of tours to gardens in other parts of the Chicago area. Info: 630-810-9029 or www.mpks.org.

August

August 10 and 11
17th annual Garden Walk of the Antioch Garden Club.
Seven gardens. Walk only $12; walk and lunch at David’s Bistro on
Main Street, $22. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: www.antiochgardenclub.org.

August 18
“The First 100 Yards,”
a self-guided tour of native gardens planted through mentoring by the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee of McHenry County (WPPC). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: www.thewppc.org; addresses to be posted in early July.

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West

July
July 1
19th annual Oak Park-River Forest Garden Walk.
Private and public gardens, raffle, refreshments. Starting point: Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 in advance, $18 day of event. Info: 708-386-4700 (Oak Park Conservatory) or www.fopcon.org or www.gcoprf.org.

July 8
“Elmhurst Garden Walk and Faire”
presented by the Elmhurst Garden Club. Seven new gardens. Fair with garden accessories and perennials in Wilder Park, 175 Prospect, Elmhurst. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 in advance at local businesses, $20 day of event. Info: www.elmhurstgardenwalk.com.

July 14
DeKalb County University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Garden Walk and Plant Sale.
Eight gardens, large plant sale with Garden Boutique and Master Gardener help desk. DeKalb County Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 day of event. Info: 815-758-8194 or web.extension.uiuc.edu/dekalb/gardenwalk.

July 14
“A Kaleidoscope of Garden Colors.”
Garden walk with five diverse gardens and Garden Gate Boutique offering garden accessories, hosted by the Pottawatomie Garden Club of St. Charles; proceeds support a horticultural scholarship. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 in advance, $18 day of event. Info: www.pottagardenclub.org.

July 21
“Garden Walk in the Country.”
Six private gardens, presented by the Friends of Hinckley Public Library. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of event. Rain or shine. Tickets at library, 100 N. Maple St., Hinckley, or online until noon July 20 at www.hinckley.lib.il.us.

July 28 and 29
Midwest Pond & Koi Society Pond Tour
of pond gardens in the western Chicago area, with different gardens open on each day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 per family, includes two other days of tours to gardens in other parts of the Chicago area. Info: 630-810-9029 or www.mpks.org or ccebulski@comcast.net.

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South

July
July 7
“A Little Garden Art,”
Union Street Gallery’s eighth annual garden walk. Nine gardens in Flossmoor and Chicago Heights, with working artists in gardens displaying painting, drawing, sculpting or the written word. Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. $20 in advance, $25 day of event. Info: 708-754-2601 or
www.unionstreetgallery.org or unionstreetart@sbcglobal.net.

July 21
Midwest Pond & Koi Society Pond Tour
of pond gardens in the southern Chicago area plus Indiana. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 per family, includes three other days of tours to gardens in other parts of the Chicago area. Info: 630-810-9029 or www.mpks.org.

Indiana

July
July 7 and 8
Lowell Garden Club’s 16th annual Garden Walk.
Seven gardens. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10. Lunch at Gardens On The Prairie, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $9; reservations required (219-690-0911). Info: 219-696-8282 or  www.lowellgardenclub.com.

Wisconsin

July
July 14
18th annual “Secret Gardens of Wauwatosa”  tour.
Seven private gardens plus the gardens at the Kneeland-Walker House, where Master Gardeners and plant societies will sell plants and garden-related items. Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor,” will be available. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or shine. $12. Start at Kneeland-Walker House, 7406 Hillcrest Drive, Wauwatosa. Info: 414-899-3598 or www.wbc-wi.org.

July 14 and 15
24th annual Green Bay Garden Walk.
Tour the Green Bay Botanical Garden and five private gardens. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15. $15 in advance, $20 day of event. Start at Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay. Info: 920-490-9457 or www.gbbg.org.

August

August 11
“Gardens Along Lake Michigan,”
an all-day bus trip hosted by the Green Bay Botanical Garden. Visit Sheboygan’s Bookworm Gardens, the Gardens of Kohler and Manitowoc’s West of the Lake Gardens. Guided tour at each location. Lunch on your own at Kohler. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $55; preregistration required by July 7. Limit 50. Info: 920-490-9457 or www.gbbg.org.

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