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It’s Garden Walk Time!

May 8, 2012

Glen Ellyn Garden WalkNow in its ninth year, the Glen Ellyn Garden Walk is at its finest, featuring seven breathtaking gardens on Saturday, June 16th at homes throughout Glen Ellyn.  New this year, a trolley, generously sponsored by American Gardens and The Bendigkeit Bunch, Koenig Strey Real Living, will take guests from home to home. 

Master Gardeners from University of Illinois DuPage County Extension will be available at select gardens to speak on gardening topics and to answer gardening questions. 

In addition, the We Grow Dreams Plant Sale takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 393 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. 

Tickets are $25 each through June 14th, $30 beginning June 15th. Children’s tickets (12 and under) are $15 and are available online now and at participating Glen Ellyn retailers beginning May 14th:

Bridge Communities, 505 Crescent Boulevard
Harris Bank, 405 Pennsylvania Avenue
McChesney Miller Grocery & Market, 460 Crescent Blvd.
Just The Bookstore, 475 N. Main Street

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll see on this year’s Walk…

Brown Railway GardenBrown Garden, 661 Prairie Avenue
This whimsical garden incorporates creative landscape design into a miniature railway garden.  “Prairie Crossing” incorporates a large outdoor railway, water features, streambed, unique specimen plantings flagstone walkways, a paver patio area and much more.  Complete with numerous forms of natural stone and a full miniature town this garden is entertaining and interactive for all ages.

Johnson Rooftop GardenJohnson Rooftop Garden, 460 Pennsylvania Avenue, #4N
Enjoy the Chicago skyline from this rare rooftop garden in Downtown Glen Ellyn.   Not a typical residential garden, this unique space boasts a plethora of container plantings with vivid spills of color and interesting plant selections.  The outdoor kitchen and bar, as well as contemporary outdoor furniture and fire table, add to the ambiance and set the scene for inspired urban outdoor living.

Koral Vegetable GardenKoral Garden, 496 Western Avenue
A playful mix of salvia and native plants in the terraced front yard garden welcome you to the Koral home. A garden built for birds and butterflies, a children’s playhouse garden, and shade-loving perennials fill the backyard. The highlight of this landscape is the 800 square foot French potager, where vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown together, bringing style to the function of growing food for the family.

Marcheschi GardenMarcheschi Garden
A beautiful symphony of perennials greets visitors as they wander through this informal English cottage garden.  Follow the path around and enjoy the main features of this incredible garden. Two waterfalls drop from an upper tier into a koi pond.  Linger a while before taking the steps to a waterfall, pool and small stream flanked by hostas, ferns and English ivy.  This garden is truly a feast of the senses with so much to explore visually while listening to the soothing sounds of this urban oasis.

Smith GardenSmith Garden, 340 Oak Street
This beautiful garden exudes effortless beauty by incorporating nature and wildlife into the landscape design, multi-tiered ponds and meandering steam.  Blue-stone patios are surrounded by ponds filled with goldfish, turtles and other wildlife.  Mature trees provide a shady canopy for hours of relaxing entertaining.

The Helledy Garden, 455 Taylor Avenue
Our garden consumes our front yard.  You wonder why that’s so?  There’s just one simple answer, no more grass to mow.  “Better Gnomes and Gardens” was planted with great care, beginning with the cottage that adds an English flair.  The pathways and the stairways were set between the trees.  The flowers and the gnomes were added just to please.  We never quite remember what the plantings have in store, as roots grow ever deeper and mosses green once more.  Now maybe in the backyard we need a mower there?  What a silly question!  Take a look, but don’t you stare.

Brinich Garden, 209 N. Main Street
Mature trees and a variety of grasses and perennials greet visitors to this beautiful garden.  Wander past the vegetable garden framed by grape vines;  continue past the raspberry canes to be greeted by a majestic walnut tree providing  the canopy for a beautiful shade garden crowded with a variety of hosta and ferns.  A spectacular show of Bottle Brush Buckeye greets us as we wander around enjoying this family friendly garden with Japanese inspired plantings providing a peaceful habitat for a beehive.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors who make this event possible:

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