Chicago Garden Walks 2012

Chicago Garden Walks 2012


I’ve only been attending garden walks around Chicago very recently, but they’re quickly becoming my favorite source for garden inspiration. If you have a suggestion for a garden walk Chicagoans to attend you can leave it in the comments. Sign into ChicagoNow with your Facebook or ChicagoNow account to comment.


The Historic Pullman Garden Walk. June 16, 2012. $12 in advance $15 at the door.
Northcenter Neighborhood Association’s 6th Annual Garden Walk is June 16. from 12-5pm…A self guided tour through 48 gardens. More than a dozen musicians and artists. Suggested Donation of $5. Starts at Bell School 3730 N. Oakley.


MtGreenwood GardenClub will be having our Garden Walk July 8th from 10am til 4pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Park District Garden 111th and Lawndale. This garden took 2nd Place in the 2011 Mayors community landscaping contest.
54th Dearborn Garden Walk. July 15th, 2012. $35 in advance $30 at the door.


Graceland West Community Garden Walk 30th annual, Sunday, August 5th, 12-5, a self guided tour of 50 gardens, rain or shine, free, Master Gardeners, pick up map at 4334 N. Greenview, boundaries are Irving Park-Montrose-Clark-Ashland info 773-348-1469 or

Lincoln Square Garden Walk. August 4th, 2012. $10 proceeds benefit the Common Pantry food pantry.

If you leave a recommendation for a garden walk make sure to include the date and a URL to direct people too.


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  • The Garden Conservancy's Open Days program is hosting two private garden tours on June 23 & 24. No reservations required; rain or shine. Admission is $5 per garden; children 12 & under free. Gardens open beginning at 10am; ending times vary. See for complete garden descriptions and directions.

    Saturday, June 23 features two private gardens in Barrington Hills and Elburn, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include an explosion of summer blooms – roses, lilies, astilbes, phlox and more; a two-acre woodland with extensive shade perennials; three landscaped ponds with waterfalls and a stream that leads to a swimming pool; and a Certified Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Butterfly Waystation.

    Sunday, June 24 features six private gardens in Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Mettawa, and Winnetka, oepn to the public to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include specimen trees, a neo-classical folly house, a golfing area in the woodland, a sunken garden walled in stone, an outdoor amphitheater, a butterfly garden surrounded by a yew hedge, an aqua-theater, and a grass labryrinth.

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