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Downers Grove Garden Walk
Saturday, July 13, 2013
To benefit the DGFUMC Bridge Board program
providing transitional housing and mentoring
for formerly homeless families
The 7th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk will give you an opportunity to view some of the most beautiful gardens in the area. All proceeds benefit the DGFUMC Bridge Board in providing transitional housing and mentoring for homeless families.
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5255 Grand Avenue
- A framework of Boxwoods encloses the English-cottage style garden that encompasses the front yard while still allowing the passerby a chance to peek in and enjoy the many varieties of hydrangeas, roses and lilies. Boston Ivy covers the front of the house lending to its character.
- A limestone patio allows for a chance to sit and admire the garden which has been a labor of love over the past ten years, while maintaining a friendly nature with their neighbors.
- The natural beauty of this setting is accentuated by St. Joseph’s Creek which runs directly across the backyard and can be enjoyed while sitting on the bench on the bridge that leads to a “Northwood-like” setting. Coyotes, raccoons, possum, and owls have all been spotted in the wild of their wooded backyard.
5308 Grand Avenue
- A variety of hostas, ferns, bleeding hearts, and grandiforas are located under a mature maple tree. A hardscape feature in this area is a cedar structure that houses lights for the yard. It is surrounded by a grouping of Echinacea Purpurea 'Purple Coneflower,' Porcupine Grass, and Siberian Iris. The sun section features a grouping of Carefree Beauty Roses and 'Autumn Joy’ Sedum.
- A water feature is surrounded by an Apple Serviceberry, Iris Sibirica 'Caesar's Brother, Sweet Woodruff, and Heuchera 'Autumn Bride.' The backyard deck area with Adirondack chairs and cool drinks encourages neighbors to gather.
- The lush backyard area is composed of two islands. The front island is made-up of plants that require medium shade such as 'Purple', fragrant Vibur, and Pulsatilla Vulgaris 'Pasque Flower' and Blue Oak Grass. The far back island features Prairie Drop Seed, a variety of hostas, Penstemon Digitallis 'Husker Red,' Calamagrostis Brachytricha 'Autumn Feather’ Reed Grass.
4810 Saratoga Avenue
- This Victorian home is complete with Boxwood knot gardens, Oak and Katsura trees and Hydrangeas.
- Vine-covered arbors and a pond take you into a private backyard spa, including an outdoor fireplace, swimming pool and lots of comfortable sitting areas.
- Lush plantings enhance this luxurious backyard retreat.
19 6th Street
- The parkway filled with Creeping Jenny, Stonecrop Sedum, and Blue Oat Grass is a colorful start to this garden. Pekin Lilac, Blackhaw and Arrowwood Viburnums and Calycanthus shrubs are all featured in the front yard along with Rose Campion, Tiger Lilies, Hydrangeas and a large Sagae Hosta.
- A fragrant Honeysuckle vine and Nepeta line the drive and bring you to the trellised entrance to the back yard where you'll see Coreopsis, Phlox, Echinops and Lavender, annual Agastache and a wide variety of grasses along with an eclectic mix of yard art.
- The rear of the yard features a dry creek bed surrounded by a variety of hostas including Guardian Angel, Striptease and Krossa Regal Splendor, Solomon's Seal and Coral Bells. Newer plantings of Wildwood Viburnum, Burning Bush and Forsythia are maturing into a natural fence.
1221 Jefferson Avenue
- This enchanting, informal yet functional garden features an ever changing palette of seasonal hues. It beckons you with a potpourri of Lilies, Anemones, Hosta, and native perennials.
- Leisurely meander through mature evergreens to the rain gardens which incorporate River Birch, Turtle Head, "Lil' Henry" Sweetspire, Katsura, and Pagoda Dogwood.
- The serene edible garden rounds out this backyard sanctuary. It invites you to use all your senses in experiencing the vegetable, berry, and edible floral delights.
1330 Maple Avenue
- This wooded garden is located in the Lindenwald area, which is part of Denburn Woods and comes complete with Boxwoods, Hydrangeas, Vinca and Ivy. Colorful annuals add to the splendor of this shade garden.
- An enclosed four-season porch allows for a view of the garden which can be enjoyed year-round. Springtime is complete with hundreds of Daffodils, planted so that they bloom at different times, as well as many Tulips. May finds a carpet of lavender phlox.
- The garden includes a backyard water feature and a large, glass obelisk which the owner built to emulate one seen at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, England.
- NOTE: Please use the Avery Coonley parking lot and proceed to the garden.
1971 Bolson Drive
- You will pass a split rail fence that is graced by the canopy of a Silver Maple that has lived there longer then the gardens. During the spring/summer/fall months Purple Cone, Black-Eyed Susans, Hostas, Sedum, Indigo, Shasta Daisies, ferns, roses, Tiger Lilies, day lilies, mums, lambs ear, prairie grasses, fall clematis, lilacs, grace the garden.
- A brick path with a gate invites you into the backyard where a comfortable deck shaded by an Eastern Redbud overlooks a water feature. Once you have entered into the backyard, you will see gardens that surround the house and gently flow around the property to provide privacy and function.
- From evergreens, flagstone wall, patio, and a friendly tree house, to a cozy fire pit, this garden is sure to delight.
About the work of the Bridge Board
The Bridge Board of First United Methodist Church is a program partner with Bridge Communities effecting change for formerly homeless families — leading them to a better future. The Board provides housing, mentoring, direction, encouragement and a stable environment so that families may become self-sufficient and sustain their independence.