St. Charles family opens farm, Healing Gardens to nature lovers

Updated 8/7/2013 3:12 PM

Submitted by Healing Gardens

Healing Gardens, a two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens at Stone Hill Farm off Dean Road in St. Charles, will hold its next opening date will be Sunday, Aug. 11. The gardens are open to the public on set dates for the purpose of enjoying the natural wooded setting and perennial gardens. Admission is $5 per person and $10 per family. Call for discounted group rates. It's free for cancer survivors in solidarity and to honor the journey. Donations of time or money for upkeep are welcome. Healing Gardens is cultivated and hosted by Deborah Marqui, owner of Stone Hill Farm with her husband, Buzz Marqui.

"As with life the gardens are growing and changing," said Marqui. Come and see the new, "Old Silo Moon Garden," which contains all white flowers and show up at night and the new Children's Garden that holds fun and exploration of nature for children.

For a small donation to Healing Gardens visitors can pick their own bouquet of flowers to take home. The Aug. 11 opening will continue to offer an optional outdoor Yoga In The Garden class at 1 p.m. taught by Nancy May. Go to or call (815) 319-3500 to register.

Marqui, who is cancer-free from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since 1996 and in remission from breast cancer since 2002, finds great restoration of spirit in her gardens and property and wants to share that with the public for their own rejuvenation. Visiting individuals or small groups are welcome to do as they please. No activity is required or requested. Stone Hill Farm is the home of Buzz and Deb Marqui where they have lived since 1972, raising four children.

Healing Gardens is located at 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. For more information call (630) 377-1846 or visit