Midwest Pond & Koi Society's annual tour returns in July
For the 31st year, the Midwest Pond & Koi Society invites you to visit member's gardens and ponds. They are opening their backyards to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, July 17-18 and July 24-25.
The Garden and Pond Tour is divided into regions to help minimize the travel time and increase your enjoyment of leisurely visiting the gardens and ponds. The Tour is self-guided, so you may pick and choose to visit one or all of the many beautiful gardens and ponds listed.
The tour is self-guided, so you may pick and choose to visit one or all of the many beautiful gardens and ponds listed.
The garden and pond tour maps are available for purchase at the vendors listed at mpks.org. Cost is $20 per family and allows you to tour all four days. Pond tour maps also may be purchased directly from the Midwest Pond & Koi Society by calling (312) 409-2081.
The North/Northwest gardens open on Saturday, July 17, will be located in Waukegan, Chicago, Glenview, Kildeer, Elgin, West Dundee, Arlington Heights, Roselle, and Streamwood. Pond tour maps will be available at: Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, (630) 529-9394; Platt Hill Nursery, 2400 Randall, Carpentersville, (847) 428-6767; Lurvey's Garden Center, 2550 Dempster St., Des Plaines, (847) 824-7411; Koi & More Pond Shop, 3150 Skokie Valley Rd #10, Highland Park, (847) 432-7393; and Hawthorn Gardens, 24481 N Old McHenry Rd, Lake Zurich, (847) 726-0627.
• On Sunday, July 18, the Central tour gardens are located in Lombard, River Forest, Riverside, North Riverside, and Brookfield. Pond tour maps will be available at: McAdams Nursery & Garden Center, 2001 Des Plaines, Forest Park, (708) 771-4903; Hidden Gardens, 16W658 S. Frontage Road, Hinsdale, (630) 655-8283; The Feed Store, 5408 S. Harlem, Summit, (708) 458-1327; and Good Earth, 7900 W Madison St., River Forest, (708) 366-9500.
• The Southwest/West tour sites on Saturday, July 24, will be in Downers Grove, Wheaton, Bolingbrook, Winfield, Naperville, Elburn, Batavia, and Carol Stream. Pond tour maps will be available at: The Growing Place, 2000 Montgomery Road in Aurora and 25W471 Plank Road in Naperville, (630) 820-8088 and (630) 355-4000; White Water Filters, 23 N Water St., Batavia, (630) 406-9330; Wannemaker's, 1940 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, (630) 852-0700; Stone Center Inc., 2127 Ogden Ave., Lisle, (630) 971-2060; Wild Birds Unlimited, 1601 Ogden Ave., Lisle, (630) 968-6332; and Wasco Nursery & Garden Center, 41W781 Route 64, St. Charles, (630) 584-4424.
• On Sunday, July 25, the annual tour will close out with South sites in Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Evergreen Park, Chicago, Dolton, Orland Park, Homer Glen, Willowbrook, and in Indiana, in Chesterton and Schererville. Pond tour maps will be available at Saunoris, 6000 111th St., Chicago Ridge, (708) 422-7272; Alsip Home & Nursery, 20601 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, (815) 469-2008; and Touch of Green, 12720 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, (708) 301-2090.