More than flowers were on display at this year's 55th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk. The walk, in the Chicago neighborhood where Ernest Hemingway once lived with his first wife Hadley on North Dearborn Parkway, took place on Sunday, July 21. The designers who created this year's garden vignettes chose their themes to honor Hemingway and celebrate his 114th birthday by creating designs that reflect the Hemingway spirit and passion as well as his inner demons.
Twenty spectacular private gardens were on tap this year with many drawing inspiration from Hemingway's travels and adventures from Cuba and Key West to Paris and Spain and the jungles of Africa. Here is a look inside the gardens with a nod to the soul of Papa.
A collection of photos of memorabilia that reflect Hemingway's life. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
The brownstone at 1239 N. Dearborn Parkway where Hemingway moved with his first wife, Hadley Richardson in 1921. They lived in a small apartment on the fourth floor of the building on your left as you look at the image.
This North Beekman Place garden reflects Hemingway's passion for adventure and hunting. It incorporates his journeys and camping in the Serengeti plains and the challenges he meet on Mt. Kilimanjaro and ferocious beasts and savages he tangled with. Designer: Stephen Gertz, Chicago. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
Designer Ramsey Jay Prince captured the colors and feel of Hemingway's Key West where Hemingway penned one of his most celebrated works "A Farewell to Arms". The tropical plants and vibrant colors pay homage to the design sensibilities of the late 1920's and 1930's while reflecting Hemingway's colorful nature. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
Designer Ramsey Jay Prince looks at home in the "Key West Regeneration Garden" that he created with a complimentary Key West look of his own. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
Hat's off (or even better hat's on) to Cindy Kalnow (center) of Sevigne Atelier, for designing the flowery hats for all of the Garden Walk volunteers. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
All is ready for Papa to write his next novel in this tropical paradise. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
A spot of rum in the garden would most definitely meet with Papa's approval. The easy to swallow new rum is produced by the Hemingway Rum Company. It is branded Pilar after Hemingway's beloved fishing boat. After being introduced at various events this month it should be available at a store near you by the end of July. "Papa's Pilar" comes in Pilar Dark or Pilar Blonde, respectively selling for $39.95 and $29.95. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
Go Fish: This North State Parkway vignette pays tribute to Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea" recalling his passion for trophy fishing. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
A good way to finish the day or wrap up a picture gallery is with a high-quality cigar and some Hemingway wisdom, "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
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