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Linmar Gardens

505 S. Prospect Street, Galena, IL 61036
815 777-1177
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Ranked #11 of 18 attractions in Galena
Type: Gardens
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Chicago, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If you want to take a break from the shops of downtown Galena then take a short walk up to these gardens. For $10 you will get a nice little tour by an older gentleman who is friendly and welcoming. This is not a botanical garden by any means, just someone's nicely landscaped very large "yard", complete with unique sculptures... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We love to visit local gardens when we travel. Linmar garden in Galena was a hidden gem. Yes it was buggy but the liberal use of spray and real vanilla ( a natural repellant that few folks actually know about) worked fine. Bob proved to be an entertaining guide. The quirky sculptures scattered throughout were fun additions. This by no... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

After reading reviews, I was so excited to get to Linmar Gardens! I thought this would be such a great, relzing walk in a beautiful garden. Wrong. I doused myself with the bug spray before we started, as my friend and I were getting eaten alive by gnats and mosquitoes, it was horrible. Some parts of it were beautiful, but... More

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Aurora, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

These gardens are a great option while traveling in Galena after you have shopped, wine sampled, and eaten. We have been to Galena a few times, and meant to visit this, but they only have 2 tours a day (11 & 2). We really loved the garden and the tour guide we had made the visit extra special. He is... More

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Dixon, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I want to commend the extreme kindness of all these reviewers who said this place was Excellent. They undoubtedly felt compassion toward the tour guide, an affable octogenarian with a cane. As the old codger frequently admitted, "I'm no gardener." And it's true that he can't always identify the things growing in Linmar Gardens. But he is folksy and entertaining.... More

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Adel, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Wow!!!! What a find. Beautiful garden tucked away from the hussel and bussel of main street. The tour guide was a peach. Not just flowers but also sculptures and a unique way to learn about Galena and the people who live there. A must for garden lovers and history buffs.

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Arlington Heights
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We stumble upon the Linmar Gardens while exploring and doing the self-guided tour of Galena. Accessible at the south end of town on Main or off of Prospect Street by the old high school, this gem is beautiful. They offer tours daily at 11am and 2 pm. We were late, but a friendly neighbor of the the gentleman who owns... More

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We had some wedding photos taken here and I was awestruck by the beauty. It had an old secret treasure appeal that helped us to feel like we had really found something hidden. It was like something straight out of The Secret Garden. Note: Like many places in Galena, our GPS couldn't find the address. It might be worth it... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This friendly and humorous octoganerian was our tour guide. We had great fun with him. Too bad the gardens were in somewhat sad shape but well worth the tour. Interesting stories about Galena included.

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Bonfield, Illinois, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Who would think that right off of Route 20 is such a beautiful place. So much to see. A lot of the plants no longer had flowers when we visited. It would be even more gorgeous to come on June when everything is in bloom. Such a peaceful and serene place- we loved it!

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