With each stop is distinctive for its style, variety of plantings, and unique beauty, BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk presents a neighborhood filled with blooming beauty on Sun., July 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date of July 18).
New this year is a raffle with two garden-inspired prizes each valued and over $500 and featuring garden décor, gifts, elements and tools, gift certificates from area shops and restaurants, and more. Purchase Garden Walk tickets for $25 in advance (going up to $30 on the day or the tour) and raffle tickets for $5 online at bapa.org.
The Garden Walk begins with event check-in at the Edna White Community Garden, 1850 W. Monterey Ave., where people will walk among the beautiful plantings, observe butterflies and bees from the new observatory and pollinator garden, and visit with vendors and sponsors.
Featured gardens are located throughout the neighborhood. Whether you’re going home to a sunny or shady yard, a mature garden or a freshly dug flower bed, you’ll be inspired by the hard work, creative vision and delight shared by local gardeners. Experiences include music, tastings and garden décor, were created to compliment and enhance the feel of each garden.
Private gardens being showcased are:
An expansive landscape that spreads over three large sunny lots and the adjoining yards of two Victorian homes that feature beautiful mature trees and ornamental shrubs, a captivating mix of perennials and annuals accentuated by architectural elements and unique works of art. Tastings: craft cocktails and Calabria Imports.
A lovely space filled with unusual annuals and heirloom vegetables started from seed, a section just for butterflies, and an array of perennials, herbs, and several varieties of hostas and grasses. Tastings: Wild Blossom Meadery and KimmyKakes.
A welcoming multi-level yard with lovely seating areas shaded by magnolia and ginkgo trees and surrounded by plantings. Art is in evidence throughout this garden, including a must-see mural by noted Chicago graffiti artist and chef Won Kim. Enjoy music by Garrett & Bridget, and tastings from The Soup Nancy and Horse Thief Hollow Brewing.
A large, inviting yard with charming flagstone paths, flourishing garden bed (including a fairy garden!) and eclectic elements (wait till you see the pianos!) with a mix of good old fashioned garden favorites and fun and funky cultivars. Music by Cloud of Shame and Brendan McAlinden & Friends, and tastings from Open Outcry Brewing Co. and Calabria Imports.
A stately hilltop house where a mix of handsome old growth shade trees is enhanced by a recently completed landscape renovation with colorful new plantings that include shade perennials, roses and ornamental shrubs.
Music by the Dakarai Barclay Quartet and craft cocktail tastings.
A remarkable vintage space that the gardener has been tending for more than 50 years and featuring many of the original landscape elements from when the house was built in 1889 and exquisite shade-loving plants including 20 varieties of hosta. Music by the Grace Notes and tastings from Sweet Freaks and Southtown Health Foods.
A spacious landscape inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home with beautiful garden beds filled with colorful annuals and perennials that bloom from early spring through fall, and stunning trees, including a deep red beech and a gingko. Music by Brian Ostrega and wine tasting from Nicky’s of Beverly.
A stunning ivy-covered stone house is set atop a hill and surrounded by beautifully tended garden beds filled with brilliant annuals, abundant roses and lush shrubs, and a private patio tucked beneath the trees and warmed by a stone fireplace. Patio décor by Oak & Bloom and a prosecco tasting.
Included on the tour is a stop at the Beverly Arts Center to visit the Roy Diblik Garden of Living Art and new Monarch Butterfly Waystation which is one of several neighborhood butterfly-attracting spaces planted in spring using milkweed varieties provided through a grant from Monarch Watch as part of BAPA’s Save the Monarchs initiative. Visitors can learn more about Monarch Watch and pick up take-and-make instructions for creating a birdfeeder from a coffee container.
As a Garden Walk extra, people who love locally-produced honey can stop by the Kellogg School garden, 9241 S. Leavitt, between 1 and 3 p.m. to purchase Lobos honey, made by the Kellogg School Wolfpack.
Garden Walk tickets are $25 in advance at www.bapa.org and $30 on the day of the event. Raffle tickets are $5 each and available in advance online at www.bapa.org or at the Edna White Garden on the day of the Garden Walk.
Many thanks to the neighbors who are opening their beautiful gardens, Garden Walk photographer Albert Schmitt, the performers, tasting partners and garden volunteers, and the Garden Walk committee, Athena Clifford, Barbara Gyarmathy, Stacy Maul, Sheila Gainer, Kathy Figel, Erin Barrett Cox and Dorothy Straughter.
Special thanks to the Garden Walk sponsors: Mike Haggerty Buick GMC, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center, County Fair Foods, Southtown Health Foods, PRS Professional Real Estate Services, Keir Foot & Ankle Specialists, Beverly Bank & Trust, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Smith Village, Uhlmann Home Improvement Inc., Molloy & Associates Real Estate, Chesterfield Awning, Lack & Son Funeral Home, The Beverly Review, Oak & Bloom, Open Outcry Brewing Co., Steuber Florist & Greenhouses, Nicky’s of Beverly, City Grange, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers District Council 1 Illinois, Chopped & Carved By Cisco, Patty Schalk Door Décor, Cathy Sorich, Culver’s Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park, Roseangela’s, Kimski Bridgeport, Walmart (Countryside), Jewel (103rd and Cicero), and Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery.