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Historic Garden Walk

Sunday, July 25, 2021
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tickets are $45/members, $55/non-members, $20/students

This fun, all-outdoor event replaces the Society’s 33rd annual spring housewalk this year and has been designed to keep our community safe during the pandemic. Ticket proceeds benefit the operating budget and special projects of the Wilmette Historical Museum.

Docents will be on hand to share the stories of five Wilmette gardens, along with the histories of the adjoining homes, past owners and surrounding neighborhoods. Our featured properties date from the late 19th century to the early 1930s with gardens ranging from expansive formal estates to intimate walled spaces. Learn about garden design trends of the time, how the original residents used the green spaces they created and how current homeowners have respected the ‘bones’ of these original designs while adapting them to accommodate 21st century preferences for rain gardens, native gardens and organic vegetable patches.

Thank you sponsors! The Museum appreciates the generous support of Capitanini Team; Bartlett Tree Experts; Morgante Wilson Architects; North Shore Community Bank; Plaza del Lago; R.H. Witt Heating & Cooling; Craig Bergmann Landscape Design; Chalet; de Giulio kitchen design; Jen Jacobson Home; Nature's Perspective Landscaping, Oscar Isberian Rugs; Scott Simpson Design + Build; all sponsors of this year’s historic garden walk.

This event will be held rain or shine. We regret that parts of these private gardens are not easily accessible and therefore are not recommending this event for people in wheelchairs. We are grateful to the homeowners who have opened their gardens to us and ask that any children accompanying adults are either infants (in carriers, no strollers please) or 8 years of age and older. This event is sold out. 

You will receive an email confirmation of your ticket purchase the week prior to the event and tickets are picked up at the Museum on the day of the Garden Walk from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Gardens are open from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.