Garden walk showcases Libertyville's hidden garden gems June 26

Garden walk showcases Libertyville's hidden garden gems June 26

  • The gardens of landscape architects Sharon and Craig Anderson are part of the Town and Country Garden Club of Libertyville's Hidden Gems Garden Walk, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26.

    The gardens of landscape architects Sharon and Craig Anderson are part of the Town and Country Garden Club of Libertyville's Hidden Gems Garden Walk, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26. Courtesy of Paula Lubenow

  • Framed by mature oak and shagbark hickory trees, the Anderson Garden attracts a variety of wildlife.

    Framed by mature oak and shagbark hickory trees, the Anderson Garden attracts a variety of wildlife. Courtesy of Paula Lubenow

  • Donna Johnson, the new mayor of Libertyville, helped the Town & Country Garden Club of Libertyville kick off ticket sales for its June 26 Garden Walk at the Libertyville farmers market.

    Donna Johnson, the new mayor of Libertyville, helped the Town & Country Garden Club of Libertyville kick off ticket sales for its June 26 Garden Walk at the Libertyville farmers market. Courtesy of Paula Lubenow

 
Submitted by Paula Lubenow, Town and Country Garden Club
Posted6/11/2021 6:01 AM

Seeing someone's garden is a personal experience that provides a window into a gardener's private sanctuary.

The variety of flowers in the Anderson Garden were selected so that something is always in bloom.
The variety of flowers in the Anderson Garden were selected so that something is always in bloom. - Courtesy of Paula Lubenow

There are five beautiful and unique gardens on the Hidden Gems Garden Walk, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in Libertyville.

The walk is sponsored by the Town and Country Garden Club of Libertyville and supports civic plantings, the Libertyville food pantry, local charities and a horticulture scholarship.

The gardens of landscape architects Sharon and Craig Anderson create a magnificent sanctuary that is a combination of old and new, a synergy of natural and created beauty. These gardens attract a multitude of wildlife and are framed by mature oak and shagbark hickory trees, carefully preserved from the original property.

The Anderson Garden features a waterfall softly flowing into a pond with orange and white koi fish.
The Anderson Garden features a waterfall softly flowing into a pond with orange and white koi fish. - Courtesy of Paula Lubenow

In the backyard, an expanse of shade gardens with woodland and native plants sits between natural wetland areas. There is a gentle waterfall softly flowing into a pond with orange and white koi fish, as sunlight sparkles off the water with reflections of colorful flowers too numerous to name, each selected so that something blooms every season.

Large rock outcrops are also a key design element. The inspiration for the tapestry of billowing grasses and perennials in their front yard was the natural style of design referred to as the "New American Garden" by landscape architects Oehme and Van Sweden

The Hidden Gems Garden Walk includes five unique gardens, including Kris Eick's, which features raised garden beds, a koi pond and two waterfalls.
The Hidden Gems Garden Walk includes five unique gardens, including Kris Eick's, which features raised garden beds, a koi pond and two waterfalls. - Courtesy of Paula Lubenow

On the western part of Libertyville are the tranquil and well-tended gardens of Kris Eick. Eick has created two Certified Monarch Gardens with native plants and more than 100 different perennials that attract not only butterflies, but also dragonflies and hummingbirds.

Certified Monarch Gardens like the Eick Garden include native plants and perennials, which attract not only butterflies but also dragonflies and hummingbirds.
Certified Monarch Gardens like the Eick Garden include native plants and perennials, which attract not only butterflies but also dragonflies and hummingbirds. - Courtesy of Paula Lubenow

Creating monarch gardens helps increase the population of these endangered insects. Her beautiful Asian-themed backyard has raised garden beds and is bordered by mature trees. A koi pond with two waterfalls was designed and installed by her son Jason, and is home to eight koi fish.

Tickets can be purchased online at TowncountryGardenClub.com/events, or in person at the Libertyville village hall, How Impressive (gift shop) and one of the garden walk homes on the day of the walk. Ticket price is $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the walk.

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