McHenry County garden walk on July 11 to feature 9 gardens

  • One of nine gardens attendees can explore as part of the annual Garden Walk presented by the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners and McHenry County College. Registration is now open for the July 11 event.

    One of nine gardens attendees can explore as part of the annual Garden Walk presented by the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners and McHenry County College. Registration is now open for the July 11 event. Courtesy of McHenry County College

 
Submitted by McHenry County College
Posted5/28/2020 9:53 AM

Join the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners for Garden Walk 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, starting at the outdoor Demonstration Garden at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

Attendees of the annual event presented by the University of Illinois Extension and McHenry County College will experience unique, creative gardens in Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, and Crystal Lake. From gardens overlooking a sparkling lake to those with magnificent trees, all nine gardens on the tour are a must-see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Demonstration Garden at MCC, the Garden Walk's starting point, includes a vine garden, cool shadowy corners full of shade-loving plants, various theme gardens and extensive displays of perennials and annuals.

Quiet, hidden benches and nooks throughout the space provide a place for reflection and contemplation. The Demo Garden is planted and tended by the Extension Master Gardeners.

Attendees are invited to tour all gardens at their own pace. Master Gardeners will be on-site at each garden to answer questions and offer educational materials.

Advance tickets at $12 can be purchased online at gardenwalk2020.bpt.me, or through MCC by calling (815) 455-8588. All tickets must be picked up the day of the walk. Tickets also are available the day of the walk for $17 at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at MCC, Parking Lot C.

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No ticket sales will be available from Wednesday, July 1, through Friday, July 10. No tickets will be mailed and no refunds will be extended. The event will be held rain or shine. No pets are allowed.

The University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners is a group of more than 100 volunteers sponsored by University of Illinois Extension. Master Gardeners complete rigorous training in horticulture and botany and volunteer a minimum of 30 hours per year.

The mission of an Extension Master Gardener is to share unbiased, reliable, research-based information with home landscapers and gardeners, as well as to encourage people to enjoy gardening and vegetable growing.

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