Garden Walk July 8, 2017
9am - 4pm, rain or shine
Spend the day visiting this year's must-see gardens from Homewood south to Park Forest, to near-by Monee, east to Crete, and then adjoining properties in Dyer, Indiana. You are going to love these gardens!! Preview emails about the selected gardens will start going out shortly. You can purchase your tickets through our website HERE.
Why Attend Union Street's Garden Walk?
Our garden walk shares one thing with other garden walks - beautiful gardens in the south suburbs. So why attend our garden walk? We have different artists working in each garden. Not only will you get to see these artists working on their pieces inspired by each garden, you can come visit the gallery a few months later to see the completed works.
What is the Garden Walk?
Union Street Gallery's garden walk usually happens in the beginning of July. The walk features a wide variety of gardens in the south suburbs. We have been fortunate enough to have gardens from Chicago Heights, South Chicago Heights, Park Forest, Homewood, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Crete, Monee, and Dyer, In. The gardens are curated by artist, Marikay Peter Witlock.
This Year's Gardens
The Walker Garden in Homewood
Beautiful brickwork, knee walls and paver walkways enhance the entrance to this garden of boxwood, hydrangea, hosta and carefully selected container accents. Hand-painted lily blossoms embellish the rear garden gate, opening to an unforgettable outdoor living space including perennial borders, pergola, decking, multiple seating areas, fountains, trompe l'oeil murals, outdoor kitchen and the lushness of over 40 potted ferns.
The Blackstone Garden in Park Forest
This extensive garden gem includes collections of hydrangea, evergreens, and flowering shrubs and trees. Step through the garden gate to enter an intimate private garden framed by flagstone pathways, welcoming seating, and pockets of annuals for summer-long color. A vine-covered garden house, gracious decking, pond, and beautifully detailed three-season room all embrace a view of the forest beyond.
Hosta and daylily steal the show in this plant collector's dream! Dawn's cottage garden features over 400 varieties of labeled hosta arranged in drifts of changing textures and colors of green. The welcoming rear lawn is framed by shady borders and open woodlands filled with grasses, ferns, and over 300 varieties of daylilies. Outdoor living spaces include a garden arbor, open deck and pool, screened gazebo, ornamental pond, garden ornaments, and over 20 varieties of Elephant Ears.
The Never Ending Garden in Park Forest
Homeowners met this challenging hillside with street-side parking, terraced gardens, multi-level decking, and clever solutions at every turn. Follow sidewalks, stairways, and garden paths through gardens of oakleaf hydrangea, chokeberry, ornamental grasses and flowering groundcovers. Discover fairie gardens, playground, multiple seating areas and a scenic overlook of Thorn Creek Woods!
Bush Gardens North
This wooded site is home to a vast collection of wildlife statuary of animals from around the globe. Wildlife groupings are artfully placed in a zoo-like setting surrounded by perennials, grasses and woods. A spectacular large-scale waterfall brings the sound of rushing water to the garden while a near-by dry creek bed boasts hippos, alligators, and the loch ness monster! Bird forms show their colors amid annuals, rockwork, and brightly colored gazing balls in this one-of-a-kind garden.
Peggy & Gisele's Garden by the Lake in Monee
A lake at the front door and pine forest to the rear frame this idyllic country retreat. Nature takes the lead as gardeners nurture volunteer trees and shrubs, embrace the wilder aspect of meadow and woodland, and welcome birds, butterflies, and critters alike. Fruit trees and raised beds provide edibles all summer long. At water's edge, a picturesque windmill aerates the lake, adding soft and sparkling ripples to a spectacular view. Stroll the grounds, relax, sit a while and enjoy!
Union Street Gallery would like to thank all who made this event possible, the homeowners who graciously welcomed garden lovers into their gardens, the Union Street Gallery Board of Directors, and....
Benton Street Bakery Cafe
1375 Benton Street
Crete, IL 708-672-7417
Hilton Garden Inn
18335 LaGrange Rd
Tinley Park, IL 708-429-2266