CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Celebrating its 27th year, the Champaign County Master Gardeners Garden Walk continues to be one of the area’s most anticipated summer events. With six private and two public gardens to tour, this year’s event, entitled Inspirational Gardens: Old, New, Reimagined, promises to enthuse garden lovers, young and old.
Garden Walk 2023 will be held Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring gardens throughout Urbana and Champaign. With themes like “The Urban Oasis” and “The Garden of the Towering Redwood,” visitors will be inspired by the hard work local garden owners have put into this year’s tour.
In addition to the private gardens, two public gardens are part of the tour, including the Idea Garden in Urbana. Here guests can shop the Garden Marketplace, featuring unique plants, garden décor, and art, and will also find demonstrations on various topics throughout the day.
Champaign County Master Gardener and event organizer Gail Kennedy said, “One of the things that makes Garden Walk such an exciting event is the countless hours that our homeowner-hosts put into their gardens each year to make them spectacular. Garden Walk could not happen without the hard work of these people who love gardening, and sharing their gardens with all of us.”
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Champaign County Master Gardener-sponsored community projects, including gardens at both the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center and Crisis Nursery, the Idea Garden, Senior Grow Boxes, and Ying Ying’s Garden. Tickets are $10 and free for children ten and under. Advance tickets are sold at Country Arbors Nursery in Urbana, Prairie Gardens in Champaign, or by calling the University of Illinois Extension office at UI 217-333-7672. Online "will call" sales are available.
For accessibility and mobility notes, a link to the online ticket ordering, plus other helpful Garden Walk information, visit our website.
Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences.