Downers Grove Online Garden Walk

Online Now through August 8, 2020

To benefit the DGFUMC Bridge Board program

providing transitional housing and mentoring
for formerly homeless families

The 14th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk is online this year. The virtual Garden Walk is a “sneak peek” of the gardens for 2021 and viewable until August 8. To donate online in support of our church's Bridge program and the families that we mentor, should you choose to do so, please visit the donate link on the right. We appreciate your generous support of this meaningful mission.

About the Gardens

The gardens being featured in our “sneak peek” video are all in Downers Grove. You will have an opportunity to visit them in person for the 2021 Garden Walk. Each of the six featured gardens has its own style and appeal, reflecting interests the host garden owners:

  • The front yard of this cottage bungalow reveals a welcoming area and two white, corner picket fences that surround a variety of perennials and grasses setting off the property boundaries. The side entrance highlights well-coordinated perennials, grasses, and attractive garden art. A model train, small pond, and fairy garden in the backyard entertain all.
  • A unique evergreen garden, primarily designed and planted by the homeowner, is seen in the backyard featuring unusual dwarf evergreen trees and shrubs such as the Ginkgo biloba ’Majestic Butterfly’ whose leaves have yellow stripes and Weeping Alaskan Cedar. A pond and waterfall with lovely water hyacinth and koi fish creates a Zen-like atmosphere of tranquility.
  • Elements of architectural beauty are featured in the front yard of this Cape Cod home. A flagstone walkway leads you to the beautiful backyard where pine, birch, weeping cherry, a hydrangea tree, and colorful perennials and annuals are tastefully arranged. The large wooden deck with red annuals is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the peaceful garden.
  • The gardens and hardscape areas that encompass this Cape Cod “Gingerbread Cottage” were all designed and installed by the homeowner. The welcoming site features nature’s bouquet of wildflowers and plants. Among the landscape gems are hostas, clematis, lavender, brown-eyed Susan’s, and more. A glorious magnolia takes center stage framed by perennials along the fence.
  • This French Country home features a variety of trees, including river birch, maples, mulberry trees, to help frame out the property in the front and backyard. There are butterfly gardens and the “Three Sisters’ Native American Garden” designed to teach the children of the nearby FUMC daycare how to grow plants from seed and enjoy the harvest of the “Sisters’” garden in fall.
  • This garden is a nature lover’s paradise featuring gardens designed for pollinators and wildlife. The nearly 100 percent natural plants resemble those at the Belmont Prairie, and include shooting stars, May apples, trillium, and more. The homeowners strive to add plants that existed in the area 125 years ago. A variety of wildlife visit the shady gardens.

About the Garden Walk

The Garden Walk is a fundraiser benefitting the Bridge Board of the First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove (DGFUMC). The Bridge Board is a program partner with Bridge Communities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose focus is to transform the lives of homeless families by guiding them to a better future. This mission is accomplished by providing housing, mentoring, direction, hope, encouragement, and a stable environment so that families may become self-sufficient and sustain their independence. Every family resides in DuPage County. 

Thank You!

All proceeds from the Garden Walk support the work of the DGFUMC Bridge Board to support three Bridge families. We have had 13 successful years because of support from garden lovers and from donations of various community sponsors. Once again this year, generous donations from the companies listed below support our mission. Please support these community-minded businesses.

Homeowners graciously share their private gardens for the benefit of our work in helping homeless families and for your enjoyment. A big thank you go out to them for all their hard work in preparing their gardens for this walk!

We also would like to thank Randy Daniels of Watersong Media for his excellent work in recording the video and his production efforts.

We especially appreciate your support of our cause and know that you will enjoy this preview. We invite you to join us in person at the gardens in 2021! No ticket purchase is necessary this year. To donate online in support of our church's Bridge program and the families that we mentor, if you choose to do so, please visit the donate link on the right. We appreciate your generous support of this meaningful mission.

Our Community Sponsors

American Gardens

Bartlett Tree Experts

Beard Auto Repair

Laural Briggs

Bruss Landscaping

Mary and Jeff Carver

Combined Sales

Community Bank of Downers Grove

Davenport Architects

Davey Resource Group

Detection Systems & Service, Inc.

Downers Grove Organic Gardeners

Father & Sons Home Services Inc.

The Growing Place

J&C Auto Service

Leopardo

Neuco

Platinum Partners – The Coyle Team

Poochie Love Dog Spa

State Farm Insurance – Ruth Mayer, Agent

Tameling

Tobias Music

Toon Funeral Homes & Cremation Services

Tower Dental

Wannemaker’s Home and Garden

Shelly Zabielski

Thanks also to:

Curtis Rolfe

Linda Rolfe

Larry Wright

Deb Hinrichs for marketing and communications assistance,

Ray Osborn for website assistance

 

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.

 

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