ELMHURST – Nature lovers and novices alike are invited to join the Elmhurst Garden Club for An Afternoon in the Garden and this year’s annual Garden Walk and Fair.
The gardens and fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14. Among the featured gardens are five private and two public gardens, displaying a variety of plant life. In addition, horticultural experts will be available at the fair to talk with and help educate interested attendees.
Returning for its 24th year, the event invites attendees to enjoy the midday by exploring the featured gardens. While the fair, hosted in Wilder Park, is free, tickets for the walk are $20. Attendees can get tickets for $15 by purchasing them in advance.
Advance tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Amlings Flowers, 331 N. York Road; Carousel Flower Shop, 527 S. York Road; Elmhurst Camera Photo Boutique 535 Spring Road; Enzee Boutique 140 N. York Road; NuCara Pharmacy, 101 W. Vallette St.; and The Uptown Shop 129 N. York Road. Tickets must be purchased before 3 p.m. July 13.
Since 1997, the club has donated more than $160,000 in scholarships to support students majoring in horticulture, environmental studies, biology and botany. Last year, the Elmhurst Garden Club was able to award $20,000 in scholarships to seven Illinois residents, according to their sponsorship letter for this year’s event.
The club also gives scholarships to York Community High School students, allowing them to engage in experiential science programs. In addition, scholarships to the park district help fund children’s summer camps in the area.
Attendees will be able to view perennials, flower pieces and garden accessories made available by vendors at the fair. Organizers plan to have more than 40 vendors in attendance, providing a variety of displays and accessory options, according to the Elmhurst Garden Club.