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Quiet Setting

Visiting in the fall like we did one does not get the full effect of the gardens. But it is... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2016
Neil F
Wilmette, Illinois
Very Informative

Very nice tour of a private garden. If you are interested in gardens and plants/flowers, then it... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Darron D
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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504 S Prospect St, Galena, IL 61036-2126
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Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

What a lovely place. Hal and Bill are wonderful. It was an enjoyable morning walk under the canopy of trees and beautiful gardens. Recommend! When you think you are lost, drive down the private drive. $10cash well worth it.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

We heard about the little gem of a hidden garden & put it on our list of things to do. They have 2 tours daily 11am & 2pm and on Sundays only a 2pm tour. Bug spray is a must especially if it's a warm...More

Thank Dee C
Reviewed 11 June 2018

Galena has a hidden jewel. A jewel that nestles upon a limestone hillside bluff overlooking historic Galena, Illinois, sits a 3.5-acre woodland the site had been mined for lead, quarried for stone, and used as a garbage dump. One man's vision an eye for beautification...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

The owner has lovingly worked on this garden for over forty years. He fashioned this work of beauty out of a former garbage dump! It is a lovely hidden gem that is worth a visit or two! The owner is also a gifted artist. It...More

Thank set2go52
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Perched atop a rocky limestone bluff overlooking historic Galena, Illinois, is the city's best-kept secret, an oasis called Linmar Gardens, a 3 1/2-acre wooded wonderland that had been mined for lead, quarried for stone and used as a garbage dump until it was purchased and...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Wife and I stopped there yesterday. I is a "shade garden" and was well worth the price of admission. The owners have done an excellent job of incorporating a water feature into the garden. We got some great ideas for use in our backyard. It...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2016

We walked up the hill only to find it was closed for the season. Check to see if it's open before you go.

2  Thank SM19752016
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Visiting in the fall like we did one does not get the full effect of the gardens. But it is obvious the owners have put a lot of effort into laying out and planting the gardens.

Thank Neil F
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Very nice tour of a private garden. If you are interested in gardens and plants/flowers, then it is wonderful. Note, there is a $10 fee per person.

1  Thank Darron D
Reviewed 9 September 2016

We found these gardens from the trolley tour and are glad we had a chance to see them. Created on rock these gardens are a wonder of design, use of plants, especially for shade and well worth seeing. The gentlemen giving the tours have been...More

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Response from pooky74us | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
The garden usually opens on Memorial Day weekend. The garden closes after the first hard freeze.