Garden Walk Features Hidden Garden Gems

  • Anderson GardenSharon & Craig Anderson

    Anderson GardenSharon & Craig Anderson

Updated 5/18/2021 11:26 AM

Garden Walk Showcases Hidden Garden Gems

Seeing someone's garden is a personal experience that provides a window into a gardener's private sanctuary. We all yearn for a peaceful place in these chaotic times, and the five spectacular gardens on the June 26th Hidden Gems Garden Walk* offer the perfect respite and a rare glimpse of these secret garden treasures.


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 lovely gardens attract a multitude of wildlife and are framed by mature oak and shagbark hickory trees, carefully preserved from the original property. 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 swimming, 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

On the western part of Libertyville are the tranquil and well-tended gardens of Kris Eick. Kris has created two Certified Monarch Gardens with native plants and over one hundred different perennials which attract not only butterflies, but also dragonflies and hummingbirds. Creating Monarch gardens helps increase the population of these endangered insects which pollinate our flowers. Her beautiful Asian-themed backyard has raised garden beds and is bordered by mature trees. A Koi pond with two gorgeous waterfalls was designed and installed by her son Jason, and is home to eight Koi fish.

There are five beautiful and unique gardens on the Saturday June 26th Hidden Gems Garden Walk which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. Tickets can be purchased on-line at 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 (see web site for details) . Ticket price is $15 in advance/$20 day of walk.

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