Chicago is home to amazing public and private gardens and this year's tour line-up will feature a fantastic group of gardens, covering a wide array of techniques and trends, including public gardens as well as private gardens. Below is a schedule and preview of all the gardens and venues #GWA2018 attendees will visit.
Friday, August 17
Attendees have the option of participating in one of the following three Post-Con Tour options.
West Suburban Delightful Delicacies (Full Day)
This tour has a nice combination of large and small suburban gardens, some designed by professionals, other designed by homeowners as a labor of love. Interspersed throughout the day are a public arboretum and a company’s impressive showcase garden for customers.
Beard Private Garden
A large, 3½ acre garden in a densely wooded area remarkable for its diversity of trees. Within this forest, Ms. Beard has sculpted trails and gardens with a wealth of variety of perennials.
O'Brien Private Garden
A designer's garden with great displays of container designs leading to a suburban oasis.
The Morton Arboretum encompasses 1,700 acres, including 500 acres of plant collections and gardens and 900 acres of woodlands, prairie, meadows, lakes and streams. It has one of the most comprehensive collections of woody plants in North America, with 220,000 specimens of 4,500 different types of trees, shrubs and other plants native to 40 countries.
McVay Private Garden
Modern suburban garden with clean classical lines, bold colors, pleasing plant combinations and harmony in textures.
A 9-acre display garden for plants from all Ball Horticultural companies, designed by Doug Hoerr. Also, showcase for new varieties. This year is 85th anniversary for Ball Horticultural. Tour will include Cocktails at the Gardens at Ball and dinner, hosted by Ball Horticultural.
North Suburban Distinctive Designs (Full Day)
View some larger estate-style gardens on the North Shore of Chicago and Lake Michigan and have a behind-the-scenes look at private gardens!
Enjoy a continental breakfast and tour of one of the northern suburbs’ premier garden centers with hosts Jennifer Brennan and Tony Fulmer.
Fulmer Private Garden
Escape to the private garden of the Chalet Nursery's Head Horticulturalist, Tony Fulmer.
Kurtis Conservation Foundation and Mettawa Manor
The house and grounds were built in 1927 as a family compound. The second and current owners have been working for the past twety-three years refurbishing some garden areas, as well as creating new ones. The sixty-five-acre property has two ponds, a fifteen-acre prairie, a parkland of specimen trees and is surrounded by a newly reclaimed oak-hickory forest. More recently, there are great additions such as a bronze garden, an aqua-theatre, a tree house overlook, and more!
Camp Rosemary Posy Krehbiel Garden
Tour the lavish estate garden of longtime Chicago Botanic Garden board member Posy Krehbiel.
Experience a guided private behind-the-scenes tour of this world-famous public garden, and have time to stroll among the 27 gardens in varied styles and plantings. Also available: rooftop gardens at the plant science center and evaluation gardens for multiyear trials of perennials and shrubs.
Food and Community in the City (Half Day)
This tour offers an exploration into Urban gardens, food gardening by Millennial gardeners, refugees, Chicago immigrants, community gardening, garden education, rooftop farming and the marketing of gardening.
The Edible Treasures Garden is an organic vegetable garden located on The Field Museum’s West Terrace. The garden demonstrates to visitors that gardening can happen anywhere, even at one of the country’s largest natural history museums.
This garden is one of several community gardens on vacant lots, aimed at Millennial urban gardeners, with extensive education and socializing programs to encourage them.
The mission of Global Gardens Refugee Training Farm is to improve access to fresh vegetables for newly arrived refugee families and their urban neighbors; feed the souls of displaced farmers through reconnection with the soil and food production; provide supplemental income for participating refugee farmers; and foster new, refugee-operated farms.
Uncommon Ground is the first certified organic rooftop farm in the country. Our visit will be accompanied by owner Helen Cameron.