Announcing The First (Sort Of) Garden In A City Open Garden Day: July 28, 2013
Our garden was on a garden tour in 2012 and a couple of years before that. The tour was sponsored by a local chapter of a group called, without irony, The Wild Ones, promoters of native plants in home landscapes. Unfortunately, it looks like that tour isn’t happening this year.
That’s too bad, because it was fun. Also, I’ll admit, it provided a certain amount of ego gratification. I’ve made inquiries about being included in the Evanston Garden Walk, but never heard back. That’s just as well, since I don’t think my garden is quite what they are looking for.
My little bits of lawn, for example, are a mess. They are an amalgam of white clover, violets, creeping charlie, plantain, and bits of actual grass here and there. (Actually, I don’t mind the clover or violets.) It’s not that I wouldn’t like a nicer lawn, it’s just that lawn is a very low priority. I have my hands full with the beds and borders.
And there are corners here and there that are kind of rough.
Even so, there are a lot of people who have expressed an interest in our garden, what we have planted, and how we keep it more or less under control. I thought it would be fun to have a day when the garden would be thrown open to neighbors, readers of this blog, or anybody else who feels like coming over and poking around.
I’ll have a handout available with a plant list, and maybe some related information. There’ll be iced tea and lemonade.
The date is Sunday, July 28. Time will be Noon am to 5 pm. The location is 2000 Cleveland Street, Evanston. And, of course, the event is free.
Have you ever taken part in a garden walk or garden day? Have any suggestions or words of wisdom for me, things I may not have thought of? I ask this because as far as I can tell, what I’m planning seems pretty simple. Any time something seems simple, that usually means there is something pretty major that has not been thought of.
And speaking of garden walks, I am told that the North Center Neighborhood Garden Walk will be this Sunday, June 23rd. It’s a self-guided tour of 50+ home gardens in this community west of Wrigley Field. The tour starts at Bell School, 3730 N. Oakley, where you can pick up your map. Suggested donation is $5, seniors are free.