Mark your calendar for our 27th Annual Garden Walk
When: Saturday, June 17, 2023
News Release: Explore Beautiful Gardens During Summer Garden Walks
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Local Master Gardeners will host their annual Garden Walk this June. Garden Walks are the perfect opportunity to slow down and enjoy the beauty of summer as you meander through private gardens. The featured homeowners have spent years preparing for this year’s events and are eager to inspire all who visit their gardens.
Champaign County Master Gardener’s Garden Walk will be held on Sat., June 18, 2022 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. throughout the South and West sides of Champaign and south Urbana this year. This will be the 26th year of this event.
Over 100 Master Gardener volunteers donate time to coordinate and plan the event each year. This year’s event features 6 home gardens and 2 public gardens, the Idea Garden and Illinois Prairie Hosta Society’s National Display Garden on the south Arboretum grounds off Lincoln Avenue in Urbana.
The private homes have fun landscaped themes such as “New Orleans Remembered” and “Serenity on the Lake”. There are multiple “must-see” items on each stop this year.
In other special events, the Garden Marketplace will be open throughout the day at the Idea Garden, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. All are invited to stop by and browse their unique offerings. There will also be demonstrations at the Idea Garden throughout the day including how to prepare a plant sample for the Plant Clinic, plant pollinator relationships, how to read a plant label, identifying good bugs versus bad bugs, pruning for design, and learn what plants do the best in our area based on our trials program.
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Champaign County Master Gardener sponsored community projects including Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, Crisis Nursery, Idea Garden, Senior Grow Boxes, and YingYing’s Garden. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. Advance tickets are sold at Country Arbors Nursery, Danville Gardens, Prairie Gardens, Ropp's Flower Factory (Gibson City), Schuren Nursery, and UI Extension 217-333-7672. Online "will call" sales are available.
COVID-19: We are following health and safety precautions as set forth by the University of Illinois and State of Illinois for open-air events. Find the University's event guidance and COVID here.
2022 Garden Walk Highlights
Serenity on the Lake
"There is such serenity when a garden grows right up to a gentle body of water. I feel nature with all my senses and it soothes me."
New Orleans Remembered
"Our walkways allow us to enjoy the company of all our lovely plants and statues and feel like we've been transported someplace special... like New Orleans."
Two Ponds and Two Parrots
"We've developed a balanced mixture of annual and perennial flower gardens with one of the largest koi ponds in Central Illinois."
The Hidden Resort
"Follow the gray slate pathway through the transitional portal and you'll be muttering, 'Wow! Oh, wow! What a surprise!'"
"Visitors will find a wide variety of blooming annuals and perennials. We have over 40 varieties of daylilies and 15 different hardy hibiscus plants."
Our Garden Oasis
"We never have to leave home to go on vacation. Our garden truly is a restful oasis as peaceful an any destination in a travel brochure."
Hosta Garden at the University of Illinois Arboretum
"Currently, the garden contains at least 200 Hosta cultivars as well as numerous companion plants including conifers, Japanese maples, azaleas, hydrangea, rhododendron, tree peonies, and redbud trees."
The Idea Garden
There will be multiple demonstrations through the day, including how to prepare a plant sample for the Plant Clinic, sustainable self-watering containers, plus much more.