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Gardens sought for 2014 garden walk

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT

PRINCETON — After this exceptionally long winter, many of us have been thinking of working in our gardens and flower beds. While you are making your plans for planting, you may want to consider having your garden on the 2014 Bureau County Garden Walk. The event will be July 12 (rain date July 13) and will feature several gardens in Princeton and in the surrounding communities.

Princeton Tourism and Bureau County Tourism are working together to put on this semi-annual event. To have your garden be one of the locations on the walk, call Joni Hunt, Princeton Tourism, at 815-875-2631 for a garden in Princeton or call Kathy Costerisan, Bureau County tourism coordinator, at 815-866-3606 (after 4 p.m.) for gardens in areas outside of Princeton. These can be vegetable gardens, flower gardens or even yards with ponds and waterfalls. The garden walk is free to the public.

There will also be something new added during the day of the garden walk. The Barn Quilts of Bureau County will have its kick-off that day. There have been several barn quilts hung on farm buildings around the county. As you travel around the county to visit the gardens, be sure to stop by these farms and see what the barn quilts are all about.

Barn quilts aren’t made of fabric, but are painted on boards that can be from 4-by-4-feet up to 8-by-8-feet. Each will have a different quilt design painted on them which has significance to the family that lives there. A map with the locations will be available the day of the tour or you can see their locations on their Barn Quilts of Bureau County Facebook page. Although their kick-off is that day, the Barn Quilt tour is self-paced and you can go to see them at any time. More quilts will be hung during the year, so check back for more locations.

For more information about the barn quilts, send an email to

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