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June is for garden tours

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The Murphy garden on Wiggins in Springfield is one of five gardens on the Illinois Symphony Guild tour June 19.
PHOTO BY JOSEPH COPLEY

This month, gardeners have the opportunity to explore the backyard sanctuaries of several Springfield private properties. In addition gardeners can enjoy watching the creative transformation of nature into art at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

Symphony Garden Tour
The Illinois Symphony Guild will host its 21st annual garden tour on Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The five gardens on the Symphony garden walk present a variety of styles and sizes. They range from a large garden featuring several distinct areas and mature plantings to smaller city gardens and some newly developed plantings.

The Dodwell garden, 2109 Illini Road, is beautifully laid out and features roses and large, mature trees and shrubbery. Patios for entertaining are incorporated into the design.

The Murphy garden, 1630 Wiggins Ave., is a rejuvenation of an old garden. A fountain and several whimsical touches will give many ideas to beginning gardeners as well as people wanting to update an older planting.

The McDermott garden, 1517 Bates Ave., has an old-fashioned air, with many transplantings from Mrs. McDermott’s childhood home. A rose trellis, herb garden and balcony with cascading flowers all add to its charm.

The Metzger garden, 3305 Panther Creek Drive, is in Panther Creek, a relatively new residential area. This garden, however, is backed by mature shrubs and charmingly planted with annuals and perennials which define the garden as a delightful place to visit.

The Gerlach garden, 4309 Turtle Bay, is also in Panther Creek and contains a water feature and a number of interesting and unique ornaments. The garden is reached through a charming arbor.

Tickets are $15 per person, with children free. Tickets are available at the Illinois Symphony office, Wild Birds Unlimited, Beatty Televisual, Greenview Nursery, Homescapes, The Wardrobe, The Corkscrew and J.F. Hair Studio. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the garden tour at each of the five garden sites. If you have questions or would like to order tickets call Owsley Thunman, 217-546-7956, or Anita Walbaum, 217-787-0067.

Macon County Garden Walk
Stroll Decatur-area gardens in the Macon County Master Gardeners’ annual Garden Walk Sunday, June 13. For this year’s walk, seven private area gardens will be showcased, featuring a cottage-style garden, a park-like setting at an 1890s-era homestead, ponds and bridges, a garden created from scratch over the past 10 years and a two-acre space created over the past 30 years with many heirloom plants. Garden Walk hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the walk. The garden walk is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension Macon County Master Gardener volunteers.

Advance tickets are available at these Decatur locations: Cedar Lake Garden and Gifts, 3231 East Mound Rd.; Farmer’s Market, Garden and Gifts, 1805 North Main St.; Haines and Essicks, 130 E. William St.; Mari-Mann Herb Co., St. Louis Bridge Road; The Garden Path, 3838 E. Lost Bridge Rd.; Tournesol, 134 Merchant St.; and Williams Greenhouse, 2890 South Mt. Zion Rd. Also available at Connie’s County Greenhouse, 325 2400th Ave., Latham.

On the day of the walk, tickets are available in Decatur at The Garden Path, 3838 E. Lost Bridge Rd. and Farmer’s Market, 1805 N. Main St. For more information, call the University of Illinois Extension Macon County office, at 217-877-6042, or visit the website at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/macon.

Art in the Garden
Lincoln Memorial Garden is hosting its second Art in the Garden on Saturday, June 26, featuring 47 works of art submitted by area artists and a day of activities with artists at work and family art activities.

The juried exhibition of artwork submitted to the garden will be at the Springfield Art Association June 4-20. Awards are to be presented to the Best of Show, five Honorable Mentions, and a Green Award for the best reused art.

Art in the Garden will offer a full day of activities June 26 for the entire family, including the chance to watch artists at work or to create art from materials found in the garden. All of these activities are free and open to the public. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the day.

The en plein air artists will check in beginning at 8 a.m. and the public is invited to stroll along the garden’s trails to watch them at work. Artwork they create will be donated and sold in a public auction to benefit the garden at 6 p.m. in the Nature Center.

A reception to honor participating artists will be held in the Garden Nature Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event also is open and free to the public. The silent auction of juried artworks will end at 5:30 p.m.

Funds raised from this event will help maintain the not-for-profit garden’s 110 acres of woodland, wetland and prairie, and help to support educational programs that introduce young people to the wonder and beauty of nature. For additional information call 217-529-1111.

Jennifer Fishburn is horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension, Sangamon-Menard Unit. Contact her at fishburn@illinois.edu.

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