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Need a little inspiration or just a break from weeding? Garden walks abound this time of year, and there’s plenty to see. Here are a few you won’t want to miss.

Saturday, June 21

“Glories of Summer” garden walk sponsored by the Pottawatomie Garden Club of St. Charles. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Six different gardens and themes featured. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 that day. The walk starts at 47 Aintree Road, St. Charles. Visit pottagardenclub.org or call 630-584-2181.

Saturday, June 22

Garden Conservancy Open Days Program. Several spectacular private gardens will be open for viewing in Lake Forest and a few nearby suburbs. Visit gardenconservancy.org/opendays for ticket information and driving directions.

You won’t want to miss the Garden at Elawa Farm. A “work in progress,” the garden is being re-established to reflect its days of glory based on the original 1918 plan commissioned by A. Watson Armour. Be sure to stroll the vegetable acre and four tiers of flowers while enjoying the expansive views to the south and west. The Garden Market, where Elawa’s fresh produce is available to the community, will be open, as will the kitchen, which generates fresh breads, soups, pestos, and salsa made with garden produce.

Tuesday, June 24 through Thursday, June 26 Crete Women’s Club Annual Garden Walk “Quilts in the Gardens”.You have an option to attend Preview Night Tuesday, June 24 and view the gardens from 4 to 7 p.m. or plan to visit the gardens on Wednesday and Thursday. Gardens, optional luncheon and Boutique Garden Faire. For more information, visit cretewomansclub.org or 708-672-8501.

To find more garden events and classes, visit the Chicagoland Gardening Calendar of Events. Also, click here for more local Garden Walks!

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