The 44th EGA Garden Walk featuring the Gardens of East Edgewater Glen will be this Sunday, July 9th, 2017 from noon to 5 pm starting at 1420 W. Glenlake and featuring Edgewater Glen gardens in the 1200 & 1300 blocks.
Admission is $5 for adults with children free and includes a raffle ticket for gift certificates from Gethsemane Garden Center.
This is your chance to see the backyards and view the handiwork of our talented gardeners. Several spectacular locations have been newly added this year after multi-year absences.
You’ll see lots of uniquely-arranged outdoor environments which include lovely assortments of beautiful plant specimens along with koi ponds & other water features, pergolas, rain gardens, vegetables, etc. No two gardens are the same and these locations won’t be featured again until 2019!
If you’re an Edgewater Glen resident, you can also conveniently join or renew with EGA and we’ll also have EGA Board Ballots for EGA members to vote for next year’s board.
History of the Edgewater Glen Garden Walk
The 1st EGA Garden Walk premiered on June 24, 1973 on a sunny day with over 30 residents displaying their yards. It was billed as ‘a pilot project of the EGA Conservation Committee’. ‘Strictly a local affair’ for neighbors to view each other gardens, the entry form explained that ‘no one’s expecting a Lake Forest spectacular (garden)!’
The ’74 Walk’ went immediately into planning stages and this event has been held annually almost every year since its inception. Pony cart rides, lemonade & hot dog stands, arts & crafts displays, magic show performances, and Glenfest have been some of the additional activities scheduled during this event over the years.
As the number of display gardens increased to about 50 & became somewhat unwieldy for attendees, in 2008 the decision was made to split the neighborhood in half along Glenwood, offering West Edgewater Glen Gardens (1400 & 1500 blocks) and East Edgewater Glen Gardens (1200 & 1300 blocks) on display in alternate years. This greatly improved the walkability of our event, along with giving the display gardens (and their gardeners!) a recuperative gap year.
Garden Walk Map 1974
Garden Walk Map 1975
Garden Walk Map 1978
For the 2011 EGA Garden Walk, a ‘poison-free’ category was added to the signage and maps to recognize those gardens that are not only beautiful, but also properties where no chemical pesticides, herbicides, weed & feed fertilizers, etc. are used.