Saturday, June 2, 2012

Garden Walks 2012

The Galva Arts Council, Galva IL will hold a garden walk June 30 - 10 AM - 2 PM.  Tickets ($6) sold that day at the Arts Council Building for five gardens from Galva to Bishop Hill.  Refreshments will be available at the GAC after 9:30 am. 

The Council of Rockford Gardeners, Inc. is hosting their Annual FREE garden walk featuring many beautiful gardens in the Rockford area on June 20, 2012 from noon to 8 pm. This is a ‘rain or shine’ event. Gardening and gardens of every variety: eclectic, traditional, country, old world, and containers, vegetables, herbs, grasses, perennials, and hostas, water features, statuary, garden art, and koi ponds, and large, small, sun, shade, new and old.  Rockford IL.

The Campaign County University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will host their annual Garden Walk in Champaign and Urbana on June 23, 2012 - 9 AM to 4 PM.  Rain or Shine.  Ticket day of walk $12 and available at the UofI Ext. Office, 801 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign and local garden centers.

The DeKalb County UofI Extension Master Gardeners Garden Walk and Plant Sale July 14, 2012 - 9 AM to 4 PM.  Features 8 gardens and big plant sale, garden boutique & Master Gardener help desk.  Tickets are $12 the day of the event.  Call 815-758-8194 for more info.

Illinois State Flower Show 2012 called "Night and Day" will be June 8, 9, 2012 at Lincoln Square Village, Urbana, Illinois.

Sunrise Ottawa IL Rotary Garden Walk will be June 24, 2012 - 1-4 PM at the Reddick Mansion, complete with charming vignettes and costumed docents.

Princeton IL Tourism announced June 9, 2012 from 9am-2pm is a county wide garden walk featuring wonderful gardens and a work shop at Hornbaker Gardens. More details to come on their facebook page. 

The Chicago area has multiple garden walks.  Google Illinois Garden Walks 2012 if you're interested in a little travel to view gardens in historic neighborhoods.   

An interesting side note:  Native Plant Patch program is designed to teach Girl Scouts about native plants in their area. Scouts at all age levels are eligible to earn the patch. This promotes girl-to-adult and girl-to-girl discussion by partnering National Garden Club with the Scouts.

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