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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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Byron, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We ended up here on recommend of the Trolley Car guide. Do not miss this "secret treasure". Bob will give you a fun, informative and story-filled tour of his 3 acre, privately owned garden. Wonderful. I WILL be going back for the tour again. I am telling all friends to go to Galena and make sure you visit Linmar Gardens.... More

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southern Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

this private garden must take much work and planning. the owner who guided us through is very dedicated to the beauty and enjoyment of the garden. There are water, plant and ornament features as well as a little history woven throughout. Very interesting and pretty.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Wife and I like gardens so we decided to take the tour. was very difficult place to find, could not drive to it, was uphill all the way there on foot. You must call ahead for a reservation as there is no one on site if you just walk up, no store or place to check in. So if you... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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
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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
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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
54 helpful votes 54 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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