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Garden Walk 2022

One of our most beautiful fundraising events of the year is back for 2022!

Join us Saturday, June 25th for Timmy’s Hugs and Hearts Garden Walk.
A self-guided tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in the Joliet, Plainfield, Channahon, Shorewood, Palos Park and Homer Glen areas. Grab a friend and enjoy a memorable day of strolling through multiple private gardens while supporting a wonderful cause. Whether it is a park-like setting with a little cottage shed or a sloping yard with tiered gardens, there is a garden for everyone to enjoy on this walk.

All proceeds from Timmy’s Garden Walk will benefit the Pediatric Program of Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care (founded as Joliet Area Community Hospice). The Pediatric Team provides comprehensive care and emotional support for seriously ill children and their families.

Tickets are $15 each and raffle tickets will also be available.
*Sponsorships due by May 13, 2022 and tickets/garden maps will be mailed beginning June 1, 2022

*Online registration for this event has closed.*
However, tickets can still be purchased in-person on the day of the event at any location where the gardens will be hosted.
See below for addresses:

Map and Garden Descriptions

A. 11925 Ford Rd. Palos Park, IL.
Home of Nina Koziol
A Site To Be Seen
This one-acre property features several borders designed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Several raised beds, meandering shade garden, dozens of containers and hanging baskets, and a large vegetable garden are among the features at the home of long-time garden writer and Chicago Botanic garden instructor Nina Koziol.
Catch a sneak peak at www.beautyandthefeast.net.

B. 13201 Hidden Valley Dr., Homer Glen, IL
Home of Nancy Eleder
Eleder Nature Sanctuary
Nestled against a woodland edge in the Hidden Valley subdivision of Homer Glen, sits a 1/2-acre transformed suburban lot into a peaceful natural oasis. Visitors who follow the wooded path along the side of the home will find a variety of fairy figures welcoming them. A mature shagbark hickory guarded by a whimsical bear sculpture splits the path into two garden rooms. A wooden bridge leads to an imaginative fairy garden and a large flower fairy sculpture. As you pass the Japanese-inspired rain garden you see an array of Mexican pottery and bird bath as well as several columns with hanging vegetable baskets and shelves with potted herbs. As you continue on, you come to a gazebo that is nestled in a wooded corner that is a relaxing place to sit and enjoy all the wonders of a nature oasis.

C. 2009 Arden Place, Joliet, IL
Home of Ginna Jones
Welcome to the Park
Two years ago, we had an artisans’ art show in our back yard. We lost so much grass that we replaced almost all of the back yard with a park. The park is a very quiet shaded area with meandering blue stone paths. We have included a large variety of perennials.that get more beautiful each season. We hope you love strolling through the park as much as we do.

D. 25151 W. Pauline, Plainfield, IL
Home of Betsy and John Sullivan Sully’s Garden
Welcome to Sully’s Secret Garden.
There are a lot of changes here. We had a derecho come thru and we lost several Blue Spruces. We have replanted 34 new trees. A second storm moved our Tree House two feet and it is now a Cabin overlooking the pond. There will be more than 1000 annuals planted from our greenhouses. We will be offering a free plant to visitors while supplies last. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again.

E. 713 Sunset, Shorewood, IL
Home of Kathy Lucas
Compact and Hosta Friendly
You won’t get a lot of cardio walking through this garden. It’s fairly compact. There is an array of color and variety, from spring through fall. The pathway in the front of the house will guide you through hostas and some grasses along with more of that variety. Along the driveway, more hostas and some natives. In the back, the yard is surrounded on all sides with the garden. Have yourself a seat in the Swing of Serenity in the corner. It enhances the display and gives you a view of the openness over your shoulder.

F. 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet IL
Joliet Lightways Campus
The past couple years the grounds at Lightways have undergone much change with the new addition and renovation of the in patient unit. A new water feature has been installed in the pond and landscaping is continuing. We invite you to walk the peaceful grounds as a break between gardens and view the wonderful raffle items available. You can buy tickets to the gardens and raffle tickets here.

G. 24630 Bluff Rd., Channahon, IL
Home of Laurie Sutton
Garden on the Bluff
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle lies a hidden garden waiting to be discovered. Sprinkled with a variety of annuals, perennials, and lush greenery, there is something for everyone to love. The decor is a mixture of old and repurposed and new and whimsical. Surrounded by sweet fragrance, you will hear the buzz of our honeybees, busy at work. Hummingbirds and butterflies feast themselves on a smorgasbord of colorful flowers and nectar. Just down the hill, an enchanted shade garden offers a cool, lush respite from the heat of sunny days. You’re surrounded by the textures of hostas, native plants, songbirds, and visiting wildlife. It’s our home in nature: our favorite place to be.

H. 25813 Timber Ridge, Channahon, IL
Home of Sue Demick and Ralph Mustoe
Small, yet inspiring
It’s been called wacky, whimsical, and weird. We call it our favorite place to sit and watch the days go by. As a retired kindergarten teacher, I have always loved primary colors and fun. Hopefully you’ll see both in Our garden will be one of the smallest you will see on the tour. Yet, it has a lot of inspiration to offer to any gardener. Walking down the stone staircase to the backyard will show you the reason we love our place. We back up to a ravine and we love the qui-et, woodsy vibe it gives off. When we bought the duplex 6 years ago it had been a rental for 10+ years. Needless to say, the flower beds needed a lot of love. We had good bones to work with and have been trying to add beauty to our outdoor space as best we can. We hope that you enjoy our yard as much as we do!

I. 26740 Overland Dr., Channahon, IL
Home of Ron and Carol Kranz
Wacky and Fun
It’s been called wacky, whimsical, and weird. We call it our favorite place to sit and watch the days go by. As a retired kindergarten teacher, I have always loved primary colors and fun. Hopefully you’ll see both in our garden. I use both perennials and annuals and lots of zinnias grown from seed, as well as flea market finds to make it “ours”. Come and walk through or sit and visit. We are looking forward to sharing our garden.