Unexpected Delights! 22nd Annual Glorious Garden Festival Garden Walk – June 15 & 16

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Unexpected Delights!  This year’s Garden Walk offers walk-through tours of 9 private gardens in the Bloomington- Normal area. Hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. The Garden Walk will be held rain of shine. 

Tickets are $17 in advance and $7 for anyone under 18. Beginning May 1, tickets may be purchased in advance at Beyond Normal, The Garlic Press and Schnucks Supermarket in Normal, and at Casey’s Garden Shop & Florist, Crossroads Handicrafts, Growing Grounds Garden Center & Florist, McLean County Museum of History, Schnucks Supermarket in Bloomington, Wendell Niepagen Greenhouses & Garden Center, and David Davis Mansion Visitors’ Center in Bloomington and online at www.daviddavismansion.org.  Tickets may be purchased for $20 and $7 the weekend of the event at the David Davis Mansion.

The theme of this year’s Garden Walk is Unexpected Delights!  As is often the case, when you walk by a home, you have no idea what delights are hidden in back of the home!  We have a variety of gardens that were do-it-yourself gardens and some that have had help from professional landscapers.  All the gardens and yards give garden walkers creative ideas they can use in their own homes. Garden owners and staff representing local landscape sponsors may be on hand to provide expertise and insights in some of the gardens. Rain or shine, visitors will be inspired by the creativity of some of the community’s most talented gardeners.

This popular annual event helps provide the long-term financial support needed for the restoration and preservation of Sarah Davis’s unique 1870s garden. The Garden Walk helps to raise community awareness of the importance of gardening.  Over the last two decades, the walk has opened over 200 private gardens to the public and attracted over 20,000 visitors.

The Garden Walk begins on the grounds of the David Davis Mansion at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington. Easy ticket and map pick-up, with drive-through service and free parking on the Mansion grounds, is available during the entire event weekend.

Garden walkers are encouraged to shop at the Vendors’ Market place on the Mansion lawn, featuring a variety of vendors and non-profit organizations.

Visitors can enjoy complimentary tea and desserts served under a tent on the Mansion lawn. Members of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in McLean County will conduct tours of Sarah’s Garden, and visitors can learn from these experts how to design their own Victorian gardens using heirloom plants from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and other famous American gardens. Walk thru tours of the Davis Mansion will also be offered.           

Corporate sponsors for the Glorious Garden Festival are B-N Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Casey’s Garden Shop & Florist, Chizmar Landscaping, Green View Companies, Growing Grounds Garden Center & Florist, Curtis 1000, Neuhoff Media Bloomington, Serenity Creek Design & Landscaping, Inc., State Farm Bank, Sunburst Nursery/Penn Landscaping, Wendell Niepagen Greenhouses & Garden Center, WJBC AM 1230, and Zimmerman & Armstrong Investment Advisors, Inc.

Proceeds from this year's event will support preservation of the historic Sarah’s Garden, an ongoing project that involves research and the reintroduction of difficult-to-find heirloom plants and seeds. Proceeds will also be used to fund science-based, school field trip programs utilizing the garden and will help keep the Mansion open to the public.           

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, was built in 1872 for Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah. The site was donated to the state by family descendants in 1960 to be used for educational purposes. The costs of the site's education and interpretive programs, special events, restoration, preservation, reconstruction, garden and landscaping, and period furnishings acquisitions are underwritten by the David Davis Mansion Foundation. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization funded entirely by Foundation membership dues and donations from the public. The site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public tours.

Event Properties

Event Date 06-15-2018 1:00 pm
Event End Date 06-16-2018 5:00 pm
Ticket Sales Start Date 05-01-2018 1:00 am
Cut off date 06-13-2018 11:55 pm
David Davis Mansion
1000 Monroe Drive Bloomington, IL 61701
David Davis Mansion
Online ticket sales are now closed. Please call the David Davis Mansion at 309-828-1084 for availability of advance tickets. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the event until sold out.

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David Davis Mansion

1000 Monroe Drive
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

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Phone: (309) 828-1084
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