Sun., July 21

Beverly/Morgan Park in Bloom

Whether you’re a dedicated gardener seeking new information, a hobby gardener looking for ideas, or a plant lover longing for a day among flowers and veggies, you will find innovation, inspiration, and just plain fun at the Beverly Area Planning Association’s 5th Annual Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk, Sun., July 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Garden Walk begins with check-in at the Edna White Community Garden, 1850 W. Monterey Ave., where people are welcome to walk among the beautiful plantings and observe butterflies and bees. All Garden Walk tours must begin by 1 p.m. 

The eight gardens being showcased on this year’s Garden Walk are located throughout the historic Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood. Each stop is distinctive for its style, variety of plantings, design components, and unique beauty. Tastings and experiences will be offered at garden locations. 

Volunteers are welcome to help with the Garden Walk! You don’t need to be a gardener – information on the garden where you are placed will be provided. Shifts are 2.5 hours, and volunteers get complimentary admission to the Garden Walk on their off shift. 

Garden Walk tickets are on sale now, and BAPA members save $5 on early bird tickets! Get yours for $35 in advance ($30 for BAPA members) and $40 on the day of the event.

Here’s a peek at this year’s gardens.

Explore a hilltop heritage garden where the owner began gardening with her late husband in 1990. They fell under the spell of the Chicago Botanic Garden and planted many areas of the yard under that venerable institution’s influence. Throughout the expansive garden areas are artworks, water features, and beautifully distinctive garden areas.

Delight in a charming Victorian cottage where the front and side yards are beautifully planted with a variety of perennials, trees and shrubs, and the backyard has been transformed into a landscape of unique rolling “hills” built up with ponds, plantings, trees, and seating areas. 

Be enchanted by a hidden garden anchored by a lovely patio area and filled with pollinators and raised beds dedicated to all manner of vegetables and herbs, and tended by both the adults and the kids – great inspiration for getting children involved in gardening!

Visit a 2023 Chicago Bungalow Association Garden Award-winning yard that features a large, lively pond, eclectic garden architecture and décor, and abundant plantings in the ground and in pots that create a riot of color and visual appeal.

Feel at home in this welcoming yard where small spaces create a big garden experience! The front yard pollinator garden created during the pandemic is lush with a wide variety of mature perennials and bee- and butterfly-attracting annuals, herbs, and edibles. Back and side yards are economically planted with flowers, fruit, herbs, and vegetables planted in combined in specific companion pairings.

Immerse yourself in nature in an artist’s garden. This space is a masterwork with a palette of vintage log structures, a separate vegetable and herb garden, and lovely garden beds where unusual trees and ornamental shrubs embrace a particular selection of perennials chosen for color and design.

Stroll through an expansive garden that the owners have been tending for many years, filled with plantings and garden décor that masterfully mesh color, height, and texture to create a place for well-deserved leisure. The yard is edged by a multi-level deck that feels like a living space, a charming fountain, and bountiful raised vegetable beds.

Art meets landscaping in this expansive living sculpture garden with an appealing mix of open space and lush garden beds. This garden features a variety of unusual flowers, a large vegetable garden and orchard, and unique plant and built formations, as well as original sculptures. 

Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors

As a community based not for profit organization, BAPA depends on the generosity of our sponsors to present all of our special events. Please thank and support our Garden Walk sponsors!