The Park Ridge Garden Club held its 27th annual Garden Walk on Sunday featuring nine residential gardens and an educational exhibit in Prospect Park.
Walk participants had the chance to see koi ponds, greenhouses, vegetable gardens and mosaics along the way. During the educational stopover, walkers could discover a laugha runoff filtration system made up of native plants strategically placed in a pond, courtesy of the Park Ridge Park District.
In addition to the gardens and the bio-swale, the walk showed art in a variety of media, including concrete, mosaic, watercolor, acrylic paint, metalwork and origami.
Garden Club publicity chair Suzanne Dahm said the club was pleased with the walk’s turnout. Although they don’t have a final tally of how many people attended, Dahm said she thinks the nice weather over the weekend brought more people to see the gardens.
Some of the highlights of the walk for Dahm included seeing native plants that people displayed in their gardens as well as art owners putting in their flower beds.
An example was a residence with painted and mosaic bowling balls placed throughout the garden to help guide the hose while watering the plants.
Those interested in participating in next year’s Garden Walk should visit the Park Ridge Garden Club website.