Chicagoland Garden Walks 2017

Chicago - July

July 819th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk. Visit 24 residential gardens, 3 award-winning community gardens and many street corner parkway gardens. Also: the 11th Annual Garden Photo Contest exhibit. Master Gardeners. Welcome table with maps and programs at the Bowmanville GreenSpace, 5384 N. Bowmanville Ave. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free, but $5 donation suggested. Free parking. Rain or shine. Neighborhood is just West of Andersonville. All proceeds benefit the Bowmanville Community Organization Gardening programs. Info: 773-506-1696 or

July 9
44th Annual Edgewater Glen Garden Walk.
Start at 142 W. Glenlake (6100N). Noon to 5 p.m. Adults $5. Children free.

July 16
59th Dearborn Garden Walk.
Twenty unique, private rear gardens. Live music in selected gardens. Hour-long sidewalk guided tour of historic Dearborn Parkway. Gardening seminars. Noon to 5 p.m. Tickets ($30 in advance; $35 on the day) at 45 W. North Blvd. (Ticket Sales/Program Booth in Latin Middle School). Proceeds benefit the North Dearborn Association’s preservation and beautification efforts. Info:

July 23 and 23
49th Annual Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk.
More than 100 residential gardens open for self-guided tours. Also: guided architecture tours. Entertainment on two stages. Kids’ Corner. Start at 2200 N. Sheffield Avenue (at Webster). 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested donation of $7 to $10 for garden/architecture tours. Benefits the Sheffield Neighborhood Association. Info: 773-868-3010 or

North - July

July 23 “Garden Celebration” on Chicago’s North Shore Garden Conservancy Open Day, hosted by Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra. Join Bill on a club car ride to explore 20 acres of Midwest tallgrass prairie in full bloom. Terrace tastings of local, artisanal treats. Learn more about green markets and environmentally conscious food choices. See a photographic and video exhibit of this garden through the seasons and get pointers on better smart phone photos. To bring back pollinators, Mettawa Manor has three beehives which produce over 100 pounds of honey each year. A beekeeper will show how the hives work, and visitors can sample “Bill’s Bees Mettawa Prairie Honey.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7. Info and location at

July 23
Garden Design and Horticulture at Camp Rosemary in Lake Forest.
This is a rare opportunity to visit one of the North Shore’s most extraordinary private gardens. Designed by Rose Standish Nichols in the 1920s and later enhanced by other noted designers, the expansive and intensely gardened retreat includes an array of captivating garden rooms, inventive garden structures, and a lush wooded ravine garden. Enjoy an afternoon tour led by head gardener, Marya Padour. The tour will end with wine and cheese at the pool house. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets $75. Address will be sent to ticket holders only. Preregistration required and is limited to 50 participants. Info: 888-842 2442 or

July 22 and 23
North Suburban Pond & Garden Walk.
Self-guided, open to all. Free. Further info on the

July 23
Garden Conservancy visit to the Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University.
On Garrett Place, behind Howes Memorial Chapel, hidden from view by a double wall of hawthorn hedges. Address is 2133 Sheridan Road, Evanston. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7. Info:

Northwest - July

July 8
The McHenry County Master Gardener Garden Walk.
Eight gardens, each with labeled plants and hosts on hand to answer questions. Master Gardeners available. Start at the Demonstration Garden at McHenry County College. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets $12 at 815-455-8588 (through June 29). Tickets $17 on the day. Buy at the Demonstration Garden. Info: 815-479-7570 or

July 15
Aquascape Water & Garden Showcase.
Visit water gardens in Mount Prospect that were installed by Aquascape. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. See the website for ticket booklet and map:

July 23
Annual Garden Walk of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club.
Self-guided tour of seven unique gardens, Noon to 4 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance; $15 on the day; children 12 and under free. Start at the Rolling Meadows Historical Museum, 3100 Central Road. Info and location for tickets: 847-397-0286 or

Northwest - August

August 19
Aquascape Water & Garden Showcase.
Visit water gardens in Barrington that were installed by Aquascape. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. See the website for ticket booklet and map:

West - July

July 1
Guided tour of the prairie at Garfield Farm Museum,
3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. 9 a.m. Reservations requested. $6 adults. $3 children. Info: 630-584-8485

July 9
Elmhurst Garden Walk plus a Faire in Wilder Park
selling unique garden accessories and perennials. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 on the day. Faire is free. Advance tickets at several local businesses listed on the website. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info:

July 10
Riverside Guided Garden Walk.
Join landscape architect Scott Mehaffey as he conducts a sidewalk tour of Riverside front gardens. See Victorian, Prairie Style, Mid-Century modern, 1930s-40s Tudors, colonials and more while touring the National Historic Landmark District village. Mehaffey will offer tips on how to create gardens that suit your home – referencing the unique collection of architectural styles in Riverside. Bring questions about landscape designs for your own homes. Be prepared for a 1½ - 2 hour walk. Meet at the Riverside train station (Burlington Metra) at 2 p.m. Free but limited to the first 30 registrants. Register at

July 15
11th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk.
Six gardens. Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church to provide transitional housing for homeless individuals. 9:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance at several local businesses (see website). $25 on the day at individual gardens. Info:

July 15
20th Anniversary Garden Walk of Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood.
Buy tickets and get a map at Banbury Fair, 211 Railroad Ave. in downtown Bartlett. Info: 630-497-1958 or

July 23
Villa Park Garden Walk.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to the website for directions to the first garden and where to purchase tickets. Info:

West - August

August 19
Visit the Garfield Farm prairie with museum staff.
Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. 9 a.m. $6 adults. $3 children. Reservations requested. Info: 630-584-8485 or

South - July

July 8
“A Little Garden Art.”
Union Street Gallery’s 13th Annual Garden Walk. Eight gardens in Crete, Dyer, Homewood and Flossmoor with artists painting and drawing in every garden. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Info and tickets at 708-754-2601 or

Indiana - July

July 8“A Day in the Gardens,” the theme for the Lake County Garden Walk hosted by the Indiana Master Gardeners. Held in Crown Point and Dyer/Schereville. Profits used for horticulture scholarships and community grants. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $10 tickets $10 can be purchased in advance at businesses in Dyer, Schereville and Crown Point, Point. Tickets available on the day of the walk at Walt’s Food Store, The Secret Shed, Niemyer’s Landscape Supply and The Artful Garden. Further info at 219-755-3240,, or

July 15 and 16
“Raise the Roots,”
the theme for this year’s Annual Secret Garden Tour hosted by the Miller Beach Garden Club in the Miller Beach community of Gary. Five hidden gardens. Many vendors. Begin at the refurbished Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Avenue, Gary, on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $10. Info: 312-543-1561 or

Wisconsin - July

July 8 21st Annual Sheboygan Area Garden Walk. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. $10. All tickets sold at the door. Info with map on the website:

July 8
Annual Secret Garden Tour of Kenosha.
Tour six Kenosha-area gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $8 in advance; $10 on the day. Info: or email

July 8
Port Washington Garden Walk.
Gardens in and around Port Washington. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $5 at any of the gardens. Details on the website after July 1. Proceeds used for community projects and scholarship. Info:

July 8
Open House at The Garden Door.
Garden demos, tours of the Research Station and wonderful views of The Garden Door at its peak. Univ. of Wisconsin Peninsular Research Station, Wisconsin Highway 42, north of Sturgeon Bay in Door County. 1 to 4 p.m. Info:

July 14 and 15
Home Garden Tour in Madison,
hosted by Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $14. Info: 608-246-4550 or

July 15
Rotary Botanical Gardens 22nd Annual Home Garden Tour.
Eight gardens in the Janesville area. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance; $12 on the day. Buy advance tickets at Rotary Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive or K & W Greenery, 1328 US-14, both in Janesville. Info: 608-752-3885 or

July 15 and 16
Gardens of West Bend Tour.
Five gardens. Begin walk at 1911 Brooks Court, West Bend. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. $9. Further info:

July 15
The Greenfield Beautification Committee hosts a special visit to the 2-acre garden of Will Radler, breeder of the KnockOut line of roses.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Tickets $8 per person or $15 for two. Info: 414-545-3381. A map to the Gardens is on the website. Tickets available at the Radler Gardens or online:

July 16
Woman’s Club Garden Tour.
Tour six Oconomowoc-area gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance at some area businesses; $12 on the day at the gardens. Info: 262-524-8852 or

July 25
East Side Milwaukee Garden Tour:
A free tour of 24 gardens in the area bordered by North Ave., Lake Michigan, Edgewood Ave. and the Milwaukee River. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps available at the North Point Lighthouse, 2650 N. Wahl Ave., or the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place. Master gardeners on hand to answer questions. Check Facebook page or call 414-467-2543.


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