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Linmar Gardens

505 S. Prospect Street, Galena, IL 61036
815 777-1177
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Ranked #10 of 18 attractions in Galena
Type: Gardens
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Aurora, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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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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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
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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
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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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Oak Brook, Illinois
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Our older gentleman guide offered a fun perspective. A nice man, a pretty garden, an informative tour. If you like gardens, it is worth the visit. He offers a historical perspective as well.

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Windom, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We can recommend you take the time to view Linmar Gardens. Location is a bit hard to find and parking is minimal but it is worth the effort just to walk along the paths and hear the history of the gardens. A lot of planning and work went into the gardens, paths and water features. Sculptures and whimsical settings are... More

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msggrl
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Gardens were lovely and tour guide was funny. It was clear to us a lot of love and backbreaking work created this garden. We forgot cash so my hubby went to get some while I stayed after to chat with Bob our tour guide. He was fascinating to talk too. Such a perfect date for my hubby and I on... More

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