Elmhurst Garden Walk and Faire Slated for July 8
The Elmhurst Garden Club invites the community to spend a pleasant Sunday morning or afternoon exploring the horticultural delights created by the owners of the eight outstanding and unique gardens selected for its 17th annual Garden Walk on July 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Elmhurst Garden Club members and garden advisors will be on hand for questions at the gardens.
“This year’s walk promises to be a community event that should not be missed. You will be surprised by the creativity and beauty of these outstanding gardens. The garden selection committee has, once again, put together an educational and inspiring collection of local gardens and gardeners willing to share their outdoor havens with the community,” states Norma Farrell, President.
Visitors will begin the garden walk by obtaining a garden guide at Wilder Park. Visitors may also enjoy exploring Wilder Park and its conservatory and award-winning herb garden, which will feature Chinese herbs this year. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Faire, featuring booths with varied and unique items, will be held in the Park and an art exhibit will take place in historic Wilder Mansion. A deli-style lunch will be available in Wilder Mansion from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the Walk may be purchased in advance beginning in May or at the Garden Club booth on the day of the event. A list of places selling the tickets will follow in a future release.
"A garden excites all of our senses. Come to our garden walk, and be greeted with colorful sights, sweet scents, and tantalizing textures throughout these lovely landscapes. If you are a gardener, you will find inspiration and wonderful ideas to bring back to your own garden." says Donna Fredrickson, Garden Walk Chairperson.
To secure a booth at the Faire, contact Penny O’Neill at email@example.com or at 708-354-6844. Sponsorships and donations for this event are appreciated. For more information: www.elmhurstgardenwalk.com, 630-267-3454, or 630-279-1942.
The Garden Walk is the major fund raiser to finance the Club's Mildred Hartney College Scholarship Fund, named in honor of a long-time Garden Club member who wanted to
encourage students to study horticulture.In addition, proceeds have been and will continue to be used to support other community projects, e. g.,horticultural and conservation projects at Elmhurst District 205 schools, the Elmhurst College Arboretum, the Elmhurst Park District, Churchville School House, Elmhurst Public Library, and YMCA Children's Summer Camp scholarships.
“The Elmhurst Garden Club has donated more than$170,000 from Garden Walk proceeds since the inception of the event 17 years ago, including thousands of dollars in scholarship money each year to worthy recipients. Applications are now being accepted and can be found on our website: www.elmhurstgardenclub.org.,” reports President Norma Farrell. 2012 marks the 86th anniversary of the club.