Bloomington Garden Walk June 5-6 offers hidden landscaping treasures

Nestled in a flower bed, the words engraved on a stone seem to say it best: “An Hour in the Garden Puts Life’s Problems in Perspective.”

When I took a preview tour of the 30th Annual Summer Garden Walk in May 2019 with members of The Bloomington Garden Club, we had no idea what was ahead. Then COVID hit.

When much of the world shut down, the 2020 Garden Walk was canceled. That didn’t mean, however, that flowers quit blooming, trees stopped leafing, birds ceased singing and gardeners paused gardening.

In fact, many folks may have enjoyed even more time than usual in their outdoor havens. I know that I tackled a hillside landscaping task that I had been putting off for years. Spending more time at home was not wasted.

Look for these wise words on the Garden Walk.

Now, the 31st Annual Summer Garden Walk is back and ready to showcase some of Bloomington’s beautiful gardens. The five gardens on this year’s walk are glorious and quite diverse. I jotted down ideas for what to do with my own country acre.

For pure pleasure and a chance to see the paradises that are often hidden from passing view, join this year’s Garden Walk on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, June 6, noon to 4 p.m. Rain or shine, each garden will be open for visitors. Tour tickets have a map and the $10 ticket is good for both days when gardens can be visited in any order.

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