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Southland Community Garden Walk designed to help celebrate Flossmoor centennial

The 12th annual Southland Community Garden Walk typically highlights gardens throughout the area, but this year, all but one of the gardens are in Flossmoor in recognition of the village’s 100th anniversary. One garden is in Homewood.

The walk, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section, will highlight six gardens which ticket holders can visit between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. The event will take place rain or shine.

In a news release, organizers said, “The gardens provide ideas that might work in your yard. Some of the gardens are large, some are small, some are formal, and some are less so. Some have water features, oriental themes, or hardscaping. Some gardens have edibles, some perennials and annuals. 

“This year, all are designed by the gardeners themselves. What all of the gardens have in common is that the gardens, and the communities they are in, are loved by their owners. The owners take enormous pride in the beauty they have created, and they are delighted to share the fruits of their labor with you.”

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A new feature this year is the seven-mile Garden Walk/Jog/Bike loop trail starting and ending at Goldberg Park, 3301 Flossmoor Road. Anyone who purchases a ticket for the walk will receive a QR code to will upload the free Ride with GPS app, provided by Goodspeed Cycle.

The app will show real time movement on the route with audible turn-by-turn cues. 

“Be kind to the environment. Leave your car at home or at Goldberg Park and walk, jog or bike through beautiful Flossmoor and Homewood,” organizers said. 

Water and insect spray will be provided at each garden. A docent will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips. 

Advance tickets are available for $25 at the following locations:

  • Art 4 Soul, 18135 Harwood Avenue, Homewood.
  • Ebel’s Ace Hardware, Cherry Creek Plaza, 18410 Governors Highway, Homewood.
  • Gypsy Fix, 1056 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor.

Tickets on the day of the walk are $30 at Goldberg Park.

Ticket holders receive a brochure with addresses and details about the gardens.  Included is a map showing gardens and sponsoring local restaurants.

Proceeds benefit Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness and Respond Now. 

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