Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gardens, Music & Food

The University of Illinois Extension Macon (Decatur IL) County Master Gardeners are doing some things a little differently for this year's Garden Walk. The Walk will be later in the summer than usual, namely Sunday, June 26th, so hopefully summer plants will be in "full swing." The Walk will also be held later in the day - with the hope of having a cooler Walk experience for participants - from 3:00-7:00 pm. Finally, the event will feature live music - The West End Trio – and light refreshments at one of the gardens.

Some things about the Walk will be similar to previous Walks, however. As always, visitors will discover a wide variety of types of gardens. Different moods are created in each garden. Some gardens are formal and structured, others less formal and more jumbled or cottage-style, one whimsical and fun, one with a wonderful water feature, and others especially suited to evening viewing. Gardens range from small to huge, and from the "started from bare dirt" variety, to those including 50 to 75 year old plantings. Door prizes will again be offered, and will be pots of flowers planted by Master Gardeners. As always, the Walk will take place rain or shine!

This year we are also featuring two of Decatur's old historic homes in the Near West and West End neighborhoods, so it will be an added plus to view the exteriors of these homes up close. The entire Walk will be especially easy to navigate this year, as the seven gardens are all in the Rock Springs, Near West, and West End neighborhoods.

Tickets will be available from Master Gardeners, at various Decatur garden – related businesses, and at the Extension office beginning in mid-May. Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 the day of the Walk. For ticket information, call the Macon County Extension Office, at 877-6042.

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