Annual Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest and FOPCON Garden Walk
The Annual Garden Walk takes place on a Sunday in June from 10 AM to 4 PM. Usually one community garden and private gardens in the Oak Park and River Forest communities 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.
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 and PayPal can be used on the website shop. 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.
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 May 1st until 5pm the evening before the Garden Walk.
Regular priced tickets are on the day of the walk.Garden Walk Ticket
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
DAY OF GARDEN WALK
On the day of the event you must bring your ticket or Paypal 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.
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 would especially like to thank Marc Linne, the graphic designer who has for years offered his time and talent to create the Garden Guide. We are grateful to our gardeners for sharing their unique spaces and inviting us.
Garden Walk Committee
Sue Boyer, Walk co-chair, ad sales
Gina Sennello, Walk co-chair, Garden Guide editor, garden liaison
Carol Gallagher, treasurer
Cynde Seegers, secretary
Fran French, garden liaison
Kathy Fiorito, publicity
Ellen Kuner, publicity
Sue Molojevic, volunteers
Mary Cay Murray, garden reviewer
Mary Wagner, garden reviewer
Sandy Noel, drawing
Mary O’Kiersey, photographer
Kathy English, yard signs, drawing
Linda Reisberg, garden locator, banners
Links to our Sponsors
*Deep Roots Project
*Gerger & Greco Landscaping
*Good Earth Greenhouse
*Kelty Lawn Care
*Park District of Oak Park
Links to past Garden Walks