2015 GARDEN WALK -
Victorian cast iron planters and Victorian “ruins” scattered among lush shrubs of
hydrangeas, lilacs, boxwoods and butterfly bushes compliment this 1898 Hunter-Hattinburg Queen
Anne Victorian home.
At the river, see rare indigenous granite borders and a sunken patio with a fire
pit. A “rock
man” waves at boaters.
An original Dodson Bird House and bird bath can be seen along the
Ray & Pat
Approaching the Eads residence, one is struck by the symmetry and formality of the home and
The less formal back yard overlooking the Kankakee River provides a cornucopia
of color and textures in the many meticulous perennial beds. Take special note of
the pendulous conifers in the center of the yard.
& Kathy Meisenbach
Evolving over the course of 35 years, this garden has undergone many
Presently, a variety of large conifers reign at the back of the
Alongside roses and perennials a 23 year old beech pleach and espaliered
fruity trees stand as decades-old evidence of this garden’s original
design. Succulents are recent additions.
In this lovely woodland garden, drifts of spring wildflowers coexist with large natural beds
of shrubs, perennials and ornamental plants. Designed for viewing
from every window of the house, the garden features several key seating areas and cool,
shaded places for summer entertaining.
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A stone paved walkway bordered by a boxwood hedge leads to the front of this cottage style
lily bed of some 300 bulbs is ablaze with color in July. Many types of hydrangea,
hosta and bleeding heart adorn the garden along with ivy, grapevine and
A secluded seating area provides respite.
One of the oldest architectural structures of the Kankakee/Bourbonnais
area. Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church is surrounded by lovely
Enjoy a quiet stroll in the Cemetery Garden with its century-old grotto; sit
for a while in the enclosed Pastor’s Garden with its treasured espaliered pear tree; walk
along the Bridal Wreath Garden containing a variety of hosta and
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On State Route 113, about six miles northwest of Kankakee, there is a property nestled along
Wiley Creek, consisting of a limestone house and a matching barn that is tucked into a rolling
This scenic place historically known as Wiley Creek Farm, was purchased by the
daily Journal in 1980 and renamed Stonebrook Farm. The farm, now
consisting of 35 acres, has long intrigued passersby. With two of the oldest
structures in the county, dating back to the 1850’s, it has captures the hearts of many area
residents who appreciate the beauty of the limestone buildings and the quiet, rolling prairie
thy rest on.
It was the inspiration behind the Daily Journal’s Stonebrook Farm series,
which focuses on organic practices and a 2,500 square foot garden bursting with fresh