2012 Beverly Hills and Morgan Park Garden Walk
Beverly and Morgan Park will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Beverly Hills/ Morgan Park Garden Walk on Sunday, June 24th, from Noon to 5 pm. The Garden Walk showcases nine neighborhood gardens. The Host Sponsors for this year’s Garden Walk are Beverly Bank and The Care of Trees.
In addition to the gardens, Master Gardeners will be available to answer visitors’ gardening questions, and will provide information about worm composting. To celebrate the Garden Walk’s 25th anniversary, there will be a special raffle of original artwork painted by Jack Simmerling of Beverly’s Heritage Gallery.
Garden Walk Schedule
The departure site is the Beverly Bank & Trust branch located at 1908 W. 103rd St. Gardens will be open from Noon to 5 p.m. Garden guides will be available at the departure site. Guided trolley tours of all the gardens depart at 12:30 and 1:00 on a first come, first served basis. Participants can choose to self-guide in their own vehicles or on bikes.
Tickets are $12 on the day of the event. Advance tickets are $10 and are available at County Fair, Beverly Bank, The Blossom Boys, Calabria, and Bookies Paperbacks.
The Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Garden Walk is an activity of the East Beverly Association. All proceeds from the Garden Walk benefit Beverly and Morgan Park community gardens.
Garden Walk Preview
A North Beverly garden offers a peaceful retreat, with boxwood, juniper, holly, arborvitae, and pine shrubs along with several deciduous varieties. A meandering stream flows through the garden, leading to a gentle waterfall.
An intriguing landscape, designed in the 1960’s, was rediscovered and brought back to life by a central Beverly couple. Originally part of “Horse Thief Hollow”, where horse smugglers hid out in the 1800’s, this landscape includes a plunging ravine, reached by multi-level patio and stone paths. This yard features a Japanese Dry Garden, a Bonsai-shaped Pine tree and Asian inspired plantings, including Japanese Maples, Junipers and Hemlock.
A lush East Beverly garden overflows with layers of rhododendron, azaleas and roses. This garden spreads over the property and spills out at its borders with textured foliage, adding further depth and dimension. An arbor beyond the swimming pool leads to a secret garden, filled with colorful and bountiful flowers.
Local floral experts have designed their garden to highlight their koi-filled pond. Japanese Maples and hostas surround the stone path and wooden bridge enveloping the pond. This garden also includes a chicken coop, for the gardeners’ new brood of chickens.
Other gardens on this years’ walk include container gardening, shade gardens and more water features. Our neighborhood gardens continue to “go green” with environmentally sound gardening practices on display.
Munro Landscape, 10057 S. Western, (773) 881-4913
Ask a Master Gardener
Master Gardeners will be at the Garden Walk departure site to answer visitors’ questions and provide gardening advice. Master Gardeners are volunteers who have completed extensive training courses offered by the University of Illinois Extension and provide horticultural information to local communities.
Worm bins will be on display as Master Gardeners explain vermiculture composting. Visitors can observe earthworms, red wigglers and other worms creating organic fertilizers through their natural processes. Visitors can learn how to create their own natural fertilizing compost from normal kitchen waste.
As a special celebration of the Garden Walk’s 25th anniversary, an original watercolor painting by Jack Simmerling will be raffled. This beautiful painting displays ivy cascading over a plaster fresco, and is based on a design featured in one of the gardens on the 2011 Garden Walk. Note cards with this design will also be available for purchase.
Photos from Last Year's Garden Walk
Click Here for photos from the 2010 Garden Walk
Click Here for photos from the 2009 Garden Walk
Click Here for photos from the 2008 Garden Walk