Weber House and Garden

Weber House and Garden, Streator: Hours, Address, Weber House and Garden Reviews: 5/5

Weber House and Garden
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Historic Sites • Gardens
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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NormalIL1
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Literally, the house and garden are hidden from view behind lush foliage in north Streator. Announce yourself at the front gate using the intercom, and prepare to be welcomed by Mr. Weber, the owner himself, into a mature garden consisting of numerous intimate English-style garden spaces decorated with fountains and statuary. After touring the gardens, the owner will tour you through rooms decorated in pre-Victorian styles. All the work you will see on the garden and house tour has been done solely by Mr. Weber over the past forty years. But the real star of the tour is Mr. Weber himself, who worked for many years in broadcasting in Chicago. Through the course of the tour, Mr. Weber will regale you with stories about the many celebrities he encountered during his career, including Myrna Loy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bret Morrison (The Shadow), Richard Nixon, Burr Tillstrom (Kukla, Fran, and Ollie), and Gypsy Rose Lee. The entire experience lasts about two hours, depending on the size of your tour group and the interests you have. Highly recommended.
Written July 5, 2022
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Ruth W
Lombard, IL4 contributions
Being an avid gardener, I decided to check this out with my husband during an anniversary get away. Such an amazing surprise. What Ted -Weber has accomplished in his 2 plue acres is absolutely incredible. I don't know how he keeps up with all the gardens in his 80s. This is definitely worth going out of the way for. The storybook home that Ted grew up in is very unique in today's terms and Ted really made life in that home come alive in his telling. He definitely has experienced an interesting life and shared a number of his experiences meeting and hosting some well-known individuals. I'd love to see the gardens in June at their peak and before the hot weather hits. If you enjoy gardens, this is a must see. We may just have to go back.
Written October 23, 2020
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Slowski2020
Mokena, IL64 contributions
Couples
If you are a gardener you must go to see Ted at Weber house. He is owner and head gardener of the 2 acres here. His knowledge and vision are inspiring at that very least. Ted is very personable and shares his many stories. We were in awe of his amazing life and friends. As pet owners we understood his love for his cat Luther, & his patients for his sisters 2 cats. This was an inexpensive way to learn more about gardening.
Written September 10, 2020
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Melaney R
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What a delightful hidden gem of a place to visit!
Four of us visited and all agreed that it was a highlight of our short trip!

We visited in April so the gardens weren't at their best yet but they were still interesting.
I am sure that they are beautiful in the summer.

But te house tour and talk were worth ten times the price of admission.
Ted Weber is the owner of the property and the tour guide.
He is a former radio personality from Chicago and has stories and stories and more stories tomtell which are fascinating.

The house is a storybook style property built by his parents and has a fascinating history.
It is filled by unbelievably interesting memorabilia.

Anyone interested in gardening, architecture, history or the entertainment world would love a visit to the Weber House.

I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Written April 7, 2017
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CatM50
Flanagan, IL96 contributions
The house & garden were a pleasant surprise tucked away on a quiet street in Streator. Winding paths led to different gardens. Spring plants had already bloomed and others were beginning to flower. Looking forward to a return in the summer to see another perspective.
Written May 18, 2012
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Daydream43022
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saw a brochure when we were in the starved rock area. from the moment you step into the house Ted transports you back in time with with wonderful stories about his life and the guests who have stayed at the house The tour of the gardens is stunning so much to see and appreciate the love he has for the gardens .the admission fee is well worth it but feel free to tip more truly a gem
Written July 12, 2019
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Steve S
Glendale, Arizona3 contributions
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We were greeted at the front gate by Mr. Weber whose charm and demeanor immediately captivated us. We've been to several beautiful world-renown gardens which are maintained by hundreds of gardeners. The Weber garden surpasses them all for its quaint size, variety of plants, and wonderful personal narration. You see the love Mr. Weber has put into each plant and object. Throw in the tour of the house which is full of history of its own and you have a wonderful way to spend a couple hours on a beautiful day.
I can see why the Weber House and Garden is the n uh mber one thing to do in Streator. I recommend very small groups of no more than 4 or 6 at a time for the ultimate experience. Though larger groups would certainly enjoy this wonderful tour.
Written July 8, 2018
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Sherry C
Wadsworth420 contributions
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Words and pictures just don't do this justice. Ted is a fantastic host/tour guide - just listening to him and his many stories make the tour worth it. But of course there's more to see. It's absolutely amazing what he has done with these gardens - all by himself. And he continues to work on it every single day to keep it as gorgeous as it is. He is definitely proud of his work (as he should be!) and it's a labor of love. Love his wit and dry sense of humor. Would love to just sit and talk - actually just listen - to him for a longer period of time. This was a very enjoyable tour of both the house and gardens. If you are in the area, please take the time to visit and take this tour. There are no scheduled tour times - you just show up and he will greet you (assuming there are no large tours during that time.) You won't be disappointed.
Written July 8, 2018
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ChicagoLinguist
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If you are in the Streator/Ottawa/Utica/Starved Rock area, try to make time to visit this home tour. With 2 acres of fully landscaped gardens hand created by owner Ted Weber over decades, you will gawk at the beauty and the amazing amount of work it took to create.
All the while, Ted is leading you along, explaining the design and telling fascinating stories. As a former Chicago radio personality in the 1960s-1980s, he has met and interviewed a true who's who in the entertainment industry. Some of those famous people even stayed in the house.
After the garden tour, Ted will walk you through his 1938 Storyboook style house, in which every room is themed as a different American historical era. He'll engage you in trivia and jokes, while showing you all kinds of clever and fun details he's added. It feels a little bit like being in Wonderland for an hour and a half.
My husband and I love to tour old homes all over the US when we travel, but this experience was fascinating, unique, and sweetly personal because Ted adds so much that you wouldn't find in other places. It's worth your time to make the drive to Streator to see this place and meet this man.
Written September 13, 2016
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TinyHarms
Mountain View, CA72 contributions
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I agreed to go with a group of ladies to the Weber House & Garden. From the street, all that can be seen is a red painted door and a small sign. It would be very easy to drive down this street for years and never know what is hiding behind the leafy fence surrounding the property.

Owner and gardener-extraordinaire, Ted Weber, greets us and leads us through the winding paths of the grounds and into every nook and cranny of the House. His colorful personality and lifetime of experiences creates a tour full of fascinating stories.

Now, I didn't give this attraction 5 stars because I think it is up there with an excellence of something like Disney World or The Grand Canyon, but what Mr. Weber has created over the past 30 years is something that I would consider an 'excellent' achievement and worthy of visiting. He proclaims that he has crafted the garden all by himself, moved every pebble, planted every plant. Garden lovers will appreciate and admire his dedication. Inside the house, there are years of history and endless stories to accompany. While I was unfamiliar with many of the artists and actors of the forties, fifties and sixties, I still took interest in Mr. Weber's history with the entertainment industry. I'm also a fan of cats and loved that he worked stories of the property's mysterious feline, Luther, into his tour. Overall, I would recommend supporting this hidden gem, just make sure you call ahead and let him know you are coming!
Written August 7, 2015
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