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Neighbors

‘Glories of Summer’ Garden Walk to take place June 21

ST. CHARLES – The “Glories of Summer” Garden Walk and Boutique, sponsored by the Pottawatomie Garden Club, will take place on Saturday, June 21. Participants can start the walk at any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The starting point is 47 Aintree Road, St. Charles. 

The walk will feature six gardens, varying from a quaint cottage garden to an estate garden nestled in the woods. Participants also can shop at a boutique while sipping lemonade or munching on a cookie.

The walk is held biannually to help raise scholarship funds for college students studying horticulture or environmental studies, states a press release about the event.

One of the gardens that will be displayed is owned by Cynthia and Wendell Jelm. After living eight years in the Sonoran Desert, the Jelms fell in love with the green lushness of the Midwest, states the release, even if their yard started out as mostly buckthorn and overgrown vegetation.

The Jelms eradicated the buckthorn and planted trees, shrubs and perennials. The yard now features a raised urn, an armillary, several benches, art made by a friend, two tri-color beeches, a mature Katsura tree and numerous redbuds.

“We characterize our garden as formal with very soft edges,” said Cynthia Jelm in the release. “Most planting beds are curved rather than linear, which lends to the informal feel.”

Amid their garden, the Jelms enjoy laying in the hammock, sipping iced tea in the shade of the screened porch and entertaining on the bluestone patio, cooled by a three-tier fountain, according to the release.

Tickets for the walk are $15 a person or 10 for $100, and can be purchased at www.pottagardenclub.org, or on the day of the walk for $18 each.

For more information, call 630-584-2181.

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