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Address: 504 S. Prospect Street, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815 777-1177
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Little known charm

This walking tour was guided by a delightful, 86-year-old man who, with his long-time partner, owns the property and adjacent house. He shared information, stories, and historical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This walking tour was guided by a delightful, 86-year-old man who, with his long-time partner, owns the property and adjacent house. He shared information, stories, and historical facts. The natural garden included waterfalls, sculptures, gazebos, and lovely perennials and annuals along the hour-long walk in the little known heavily wooded garden perched above Galena's downtown. Peaceful, and beautiful, it was... More 

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Mahomet, Illinois
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A beautiful, restful garden to learn about. Basically built on a desolate limestone place, it is growing with plants of all kinds not.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Very interesting local garden - great welcoming host - beautiful site with unique flower beds and sculptures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

What a delight to walk with our guide on this one hour tour of the gardens. This is a lovely way to spend a bit of your day. The gentleman who conceived of this place has created a true labor of love.

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Webster Groves, Missouri
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

From start to finish, Linmar Gardens offers sights you'll find nowhere else. We visit every time we return to Galena, IL, and see new and exciting additions every time! Typically, one of the owners is available to provide a guided tour, or to answer questions. Even on your own, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty and planning that combine... More 

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Johnsburg, Illinois
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We called ahead to find out the ticket price, which was a trash in itself, as the gentleman said he didn't understand what we were asking, and also told us he would be closed for the season after the upcoming weekend. Then, when we went the next day, we couldn't find anyone, so we called the number only to have... More 

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park ridge, illinois
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very nice place, Relaxing too! Don;t give up if you can't find it as it is up high behind the high school. Take your camera

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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The view was awesome! I enjoyed hearing the history of the gardens. We were the only one on our tour so we got a little extra attention. The gardens were pretty. It is difficult to be showy this time of year but I could still see the beauty.

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Byron, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My husband and I had no trouble finding this place at all. You can drive and park right on their grounds though we parked on the street and walked down their drive. We enjoyed the relaxed and informal guided tour, which also describes the garden. It's hard to believe this has been tucked away in Galena for over twenty years... More 

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I don't think it's really worth the $10 per person, but it was still a very nice walk-through in the garden. The host was a really nice gentleman and very funny too. They even provide mosquito repellent for the guests that visit.

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