Evanston Garden Walk marks 30th anniversary

The Evanston Environmental Association's Evanston Garden Walk will return for its 30th year on Sunday, June 23.

“Each year is a different experience,” says Morgan Simmons who, at 90 years young, leads the team that scouts for gardens to participate in the annual event. “Not a year goes by when I don’t see something new that I want to try in my own garden,” he adds.

Garden Walk hours are noon to 5 p.m.

This year's walk features a variety of venues including a garden lovingly tended by a designer with knack for using plants to create form and movement.

The living is easy in the backyard of a classic Evanston lannon stone home landscaped for outdoor dining and for just sitting and enjoying the view.

Visitors will enjoy a charming home from the 1800’s that is landscaped to the curb with just the right sized plantings to frame the front entry and porch.

A narrow, but elegant landscaping flows around the buildings of a condominium in an historically rich area of Evanston.

Of special interest is the century-old Shakespeare Garden on the campus of Northwestern University that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Garden Walk began three decades ago with a yearly roster of 8 to 10 gardens all around Evanston, and the format hasn’t changed much.

Special credit is given to Evanston residents Nancy Burhop and Maryjane Klein who were largely responsible for the first walk in 1989.  Close to 300 private and public gardens have inspired visitors over the years, ranging from multiacre lakefront properties to intimate personal landscapes and beautiful public spaces.

Proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Evanston Environmental Association, including scholarships for summer camps for kids.

Tickets are available online. Ticket prices range from $20 for EEA members to $25 for nonmembers and $30 on the day of the walk. Groups of six or more are $20 each prior to the day of the walk.