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The 22nd annual Keep Evanston Beautiful (KEB) Garden Walk will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on July 10. The walk will feature seven private gardens and two public gardens in locations all around Evanston, so transportation is required. (Bikes and carpooling are recommended.)
Of particular interest on this year’s walk are some collections of woody plants, including unique evergreens, many kinds and colors of deciduous trees, and flowering shrubs that make up the “bones” of a wonderful garden.
One garden is the personal pallet of a retired horticultural writer for the Chicago Botanic Gardens; two surround historic houses near the lake, offering peaceful respite near the hubbub of downtown Evanston, with fantastic container gardens, raised organic vegetable beds, and a wealth of perennials suited to the charming architecture; another is the passion of a gardener who “gardens in my head when I go to bed,” a designated wildlife preserve as well as a beautiful garden retreat; a peaceful Zen garden dotted with treasures from the owners’ travels and fun finds at the flea market; a perennial garden with layers and levels of beauty and lots, lots more.
Tickets for the walk are available on-line at www.evanstonkeb.org, where there is also a list of local retailers who are selling the tickets through July 9. Tickets will also be available at the KEB office in the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., and at the downtown Farmers’ market in the Friends Tent.
The correct price for advance-purchase tickets is $10 for KEB members and $20 for non-members. On July 10, the day of the walk, the price will be $15 for KEB members and $25 for non-members, available only at the Ecology Center. Prices for groups of 6 or more persons may be available. More information is available by contacting the KEB office at 847-448-8256, ext. 105 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.