Open Gardens

There will be many gardens around Central Illinois that will be open for you to visit as you head to or from the summer meeting. Please check back for those details as we get closer to the meeting date.

If you would like to have your garden listed as an Open Garden, please use this form to submit those details:

Open Gardens in Illinois:

a girl and her garden
424 Phesant Ct
Worden, IL 62091

ONE DAY ONLY: Sunday 7:00am-2:00pm
SUNDAY ONLY: Come see ‘a girl and her garden’ on the way home from the regional meeting. Located just two miles off I-55, and about an hour south of Springfield, this tiny neighborhood garden is a treat for lovers of daylilies, coleus, container plantings, fun garden stuff and taking it easy. It’s a national daylily display garden, not quite ten years old and is home to a rotating collection of about 300 daylily cultivars- all selected and grown primarily for photography and exhibition. We hope you stop by and enjoy a few minutes of strolling conversation and light refreshments. We are also located near several other daylily gardens, who might not be listed as open gardens here, but are open to visitors by appointment. (Google these two: Kathy Slater’s Rosewood Daylilies and Dan White’s Kinder Place Gardens)


Lake House Gardens
535 Deer Lakes Dr
Goodfield, IL 61742

Thursday, July 8th, all day; Friday, July 9th, until 12pm; Sunday, July 11th, 10am-3pm; Monday, July 12th, all day.
“Lake House Gardens is situated in an old growth oak and Hickory stand. There is a small lake that the gardens back up to, about an acre of lake front that has flower beds all the way to the water. The property has several hundred plus year old white oaks and one that is three hundreds years old! As well as four Hickory trees. It is a bird heaven. We have planted in and around the trees and lake to give a manicure yet natural feel. Sunshine being at a premium we have placed daylily and perennial beds where they receive the best sun.
We have over well over 1000 different cultivar of daylilies. Some of them I have hybridized myself. Several I have registered and many more are in the process. In addition to the daylilies there are 200 plus varieties of Hosta. The lake bed consist of daffodils and other spring bulbs, daylilies, 70-plus varieties of perennials, Siberian iris. Around the largest of the old oaks is the fairy tree bed. It has a fairy garden with mini Hostas and other mini plants as well as all the necessities a band of fairies might need. This year a group of tiny rambling gnomes found the tree, oh my! If you are so in mind there is a rope swing. The grands won’t mind you using it.
There are also several other beds that hold not only Hostas and daylilies but perennials, annuals, bulbs, shrubs and evergreens. I like mixing the plants to give a little English garden/ cottage garden look. With symmetry in mind, I still wanted that just ‘toss the seeds out look’. I enjoy color in contrasts with the different greens of hostas partnered with the jewel like sparkle that daylily blooms add to make an enchanting garden.
If you tire there is a large hammock you may lay and rest. Allowing the breeze to cool you. There is always cold lemonade waiting for guest.
We have lived here for five years now. There was no real landscaping done when we bought the house. However I saw the great potential in the property…….my husbands say that I always buy properties that just happen to have a house attached. We are and will always be a work in progress as we add, move and redecorate the gardens.”

Nature’s Edge Daylilies
14041 East 2200 North Road
Danville, IL 61834

Monday through Thursday, Before and After the event
“Many unusual perennials and annuals on display. Danville has Lincoln sites and is an antique lover’s Mecca.”

Norris Garden
5449 Hogan Rd
Auburn, IL 62615

Thursday July 8th through Monday July 12th.
The house built in 1916 sits 600 feet from the lane on 21 acres. The home was leased in 1928 to Al Capone’s gang and had a still in the basement. The front yard has about 75 White Oak trees, 500 Daylilies and 100 Hosta with a lot of other perennials scattered about.

Prairie’s Edge Gardens
4735 Black Oak Trail
Rockford, IL 61101

Thursday, July 8th, 10am-5pm and Sunday, July 11th, 1-6pm.
“We have shady and sunny gardens on our 2 acre property that still shows its history of being an oak woodland. In the 5 years that we’ve been here, we have converted the sunniest acre into a daylily hybridizing area. A large garden patch, anchored by a pergola, contains perennials, other hybridizers’ cultivars, and my selected seedlings. Three of the four 75’x20′ seedling patches will be in full bloom. The sale bed contains registered plants that I have used in my quest for Northern Rebloom, plus my own introductions.”

Rich Ford, The Ford Gardens
512 South Seventh Street
Petersburg, IL 62675

Thursday, July 8, 20:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (This is also where the Garden Judge’s Clinic 2 will be held, but don’t let that stop you from coming and looking.)
I have been breeding for L and VL seedlings, so you will not be seeing them. BUT there is a large collection of daylilies from EE to ML from many different breeders.  You will also see seedlings in the seedling patch and around the other beds. There is a collection of hostas and a few seedlings to see as well.  Chris, my wife, and I have been collecting garden glass art and metal sculptures for years. You’ll see them everywhere, so come and enjoy.

Helpful Directions for Arrival and Parking: Coming into Petersburg you will see a gazebo and DG. There is a street in between and that is Jefferson. On the right is the Menard County Farm Bureau.(There is parking here.) On the right is a long white fence. That is us. Go to the stop sign, turn left, and you will be in front of the property. Lots of parking.

Riehl Garden
1621 N 13th St
Springfield, IL 62702

Friday, July 9th from 10 am to 3:30 pm
“The Riehl Garden is in a quiet residential neighborhood where the wildlife can still be enjoyed. It has grown from just 2 beds to 15 because I joined CIDS in 1994 & started hybridizing. To date I have 35 registered daylilies. Rich Ford said of my garden he never saw so many different forms in one garden. You can see flowers representing over 52 different hybridizers, plus my introductions & new seedlings coming on every year! I will be an Open Garden on Friday, July 9th, from 10 AM to 3:30 P. M.”