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Adult Opportunities

Garden Tour: Surprise and Inspiration in the Suburbs (in person)

Tour two magnificent suburban home gardens full of surprises and inspiration.

Content Detail

Join horticulturist Marcy Stewart-Pyziak for a tour of two south suburban gardens that are pushing home landscapes to new heights.   
The tour will begin in a Homer Glen subdivision with a mostly sunny garden that is anything but cookie-cutter. Overflowing with a variety of annuals, perennials, and shrubs, this typical suburban lot features a cottage garden, a pond, a rain garden, and a raised-bed vegetable garden all masterfully integrated into a handcrafted hardscape complete with tasteful sculpture art, creating an incredible garden experience.   

A short drive away, the second stop visits an 1842 Milne house with a milk shed, surrounded by 150-year-old shade trees. A magnificent woodland garden grows beneath their canopy. The landscape features a huge diversity of plants and annuals that thrive in shade, along with a Midwest-style stump garden, which uses stumps and logs to create an artistic, unorthodox arrangement of plants that surprises and delights the viewer. Enjoy the historic home site along with the intimate garden that thrives around it.  

This program meets in person at local gardens.  

Instructor: Marcy Stewart-Pyziak  

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.   

Age: 16 and older  


Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, horticulturist

Marcy Stewart-Pyziak has a degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois and was a horticulturist with the University of Illinois extension service. She has taught classes at the Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden since 1994, and she currently teaches at the College of DuPage. She designs, installs, and maintains landscapes in the Chicago area.

What to Know

This program meets outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

This program meets offsite. Driving directions will be provided upon registration.


Program Schedule 

Friday, June 9, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



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