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On July 30, 2008, Bookerc1 from Mackinaw, IL wrote:
I first visited the Horticultural Center last fall, during their Autumnal Festival. Both my 6 year old son and I had a fantastic time, with many crafts, some food vendors, garden tours, story time in the children's garden, and pumpkin patch purchase.
I visited again today, in mid-July, and really enjoyed strolling the many theme gardens, such as the Chocolate Pond, Peanut Butter and Jelly Garden, the Spiders Web, a perennial garden, a Vibernum Walk, the vegetable gardens, among many others. There are creative elements in the Children's Garden, such as a play house with flower-filled window boxes and succulents growing all over the roof, and trellises designed to look like spider webs, one with the words "Some Pig" wired into it in honor of Charlotte.
The gardens are still relatively new, and there are many bare areas that apparently have been set aside for future development. I would have enjoyed it even more had there been more plant labels to identify the plants I could not! Most paths are mulched, not paved, so if you go on a muddy day, be sure to wear shoes that don't mind a bit of dirt.