Garden Walk

The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory’s  Annual Garden Walk takes place on the third Sunday in June from 10 AM to 4 PM. A number of private gardens in Oak and River Forest are featured.  This is a joint project of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest (GCOPRF) and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON). The proceeds are shared between the two organizations. The GCOPRF designates their proceeds to fund a yearly scholarship program for graduates of the Oak Park River Forest High School. FOPCON proceeds benefit the Oak Park Conservatory.

This is a year round project beginning with selecting gardens for the following year, immediately before and after the Garden Walk.

Committee Responsibilities: Sets the date, seeks out and selects gardens, produces the Garden Guide, solicits advertisements for the Garden Guide, coordinates volunteers and plans a reception for garden owners and volunteers.

FOPCON Information: 708-725-2460 

Do you need garden inspiration? Are you curious about your Oak Park and River Forest neighbor’s gardens? Come out and enjoy the Annual Oak Park & River Forest Garden Walk. Gather some friends and enjoy a special summer day on this self-guided tour. Plan on driving or biking between gardens. Street parking will be available at each location.

Credit cards  can be used on the ticket link. Children 12 and under are free with an adult.

The tickets are non-refundable.The emailed receipt should be exchanged for the Garden Guides on the day of the walk.

Discounted advance general public tickets will be available June 1st. Discounted advance tickets must be purchased by 5 pm the day before the walk.  Discount tickets will not be sold on the day of the Garden Walk.

GCOPRF and FOPCON Members receive a coupon code for an additional discount. The member discount will appear at checkout. The member discount will be available until 5pm the evening before the Garden Walk. 

Regular priced tickets are sold on the day of the walk.

Advance Tickets  on sale May 1st.  $18

Day of Walk Tickets (after 5PM Saturday)  $23

Member Advance Tickets  $15 (coupon code sent to members via email)

There is an option to pay with a check. Please make the check out to GCOPRF. Please mail the check to arrive one week before the Garden Walk.

Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest,
P.O. Box 5633
River Forest, IL 60305

On the day of the event you must bring your  ticket or email receipt to exchange it at the Cheney Mansion or the Oak Park Conservatory for the Garden Guides/Maps that are required for admission to the gardens. The Garden Guides/Maps will be available from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm.

Look for the wooden sunflowers at the curb and the volunteers at each garden. Please no strollers, smoking, video cameras, or pets in the gardens. Plan or driving or biking between gardens. Street parking will be available at each location.

Garden Guide Pickup
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park
Cheney Mansion, 220 North Euclid Ave., Oak Park

Restrooms will be available at both Park District locations.


Special Thanks
The Garden Walk Committee offers a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make this annual community event a success: the advertisers, those who donated prizes, and the Park District of Oak Park for their support. We are grateful to our gardeners for sharing their unique spaces and inviting us.