BCO Garden Walk 2021
The planning for this event is a process that begins as much as four months in advance. Amidst a great deal of uncertainty around when the city would ease restrictions on gatherings this year, we decided we would not be able to offer the experience that neighbors and visitors alike expect.
The Garden Walk will return to its full glory next summer.
The Bowmanville Garden WalkJuly 13, 2019
For over 20 years, our signature event, the Bowmanville Garden Walk, has drawn thousands of people from across the city
During the spring, summer, and fall, our neighborhood becomes a lush oasis in the middle of Chicago, earning its nickname, Beautiful Bowmanville. For over 20 years, our signature event, the Bowmanville Garden Walk, has drawn thousands of people from across the city to see our neighborhood in full bloom. Hospitable neighbors open their properties to visitors to show off the results of their hard work, and a team of dedicated volunteers makes sure that everyone feels welcome and can find their way around.
The Bowmanville Garden Walk features hosted gardens, where the garden owners are there to welcome you into their garden and talk about their efforts.
Ask the Master Gardener
This Garden Walk hosts an Ask the Master Gardener table at the Welcome table on Bowmanville Avenue, where University of IL Master Gardeners are there to talk to you about gardening and look at any cutting or photo you bring and help solve problems and plot your next steps.
Amateur Photography Competition
Neighbors are encouraged to submit their best photo of Bowmanville to the Amateur Photography Competition. The winning photograph is featured in the next year’s Garden Walk posters, signage and promotional materials.
A Garden Party is hosted the evening of the event where all participating gardeners, volunteers and judges come together as well as members of the BCO Board of Directors to celebrate gardening in Bowmanville.
And remember, the Bowmanville Garden Walk happens rain or shine!
Exhibitor Sign Up
The Bowmanville Garden Walk features over 20 neighborhood gardens each year, but we are hoping to increase that number! Please consider opening up your yard this year! It doesn’t have to be perfect; in fact, all participants receive a visit from the group of University of Illinois Master Gardeners, who are happy to offer lots of tips on how to take your landscaping to the next level!
A link will be provided here for the next Garden Walk in 2020.
If you have any questions about what being an exhibitor involves, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
email the Events Committee
Plan Your Visit
Welcome to Bowmanville!! Whether you’re a local neighbor or visiting from elsewhere in the city, we hope you enjoy the Garden Walk.
Neighbors and visitors to Bowmanville are encouraged to visit one of the two Welcome Centers: One in the neighborhood Green Space at the intersection of Bowmanville Avenue and N Bell Avenue, and the other next to the Gateway Gardens at the intersection of W Balmoral Ave and N Ravenswood Ave. There you can get a map and tips for enjoying the day.
The BCO suggests a $5 donation for each Garden Walk visitor. These nominal fees help to cover the cost of materials and advertising and support the work of the community volunteers who help to make the event a success. To get the word out, the BCO leverages social media, as well as places ads in various publications.
There is ample, permit-free parking throughout the neighborhood.
Amateur Photography Competition
Whether it’s using your iPhone or a professional camera, take to the streets this spring and snap your best picture of Beautiful Bowmanville. You’re invited to enter the amateur photography competition, where your photograph will be prominently displayed in a gallery that’s open to all Garden Walk visitors, who will then vote for their favorite.
If you win, your picture will serve as the poster for next year’s Garden Walk!
A link will be provided here in 2020 for the next contest.
Keep scrolling down to check out past Garden Walk event details and poster winners!
Past Garden Walks
Posters from past garden walks celebrate the history of the event and feature winning photo entries from the previous year. Enjoy some of the past posters below. For details on any past years garden walk outcomes, check out the Summer Bowmanville Bee Newsletter from that year which includes highlights from the event.
21st Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 13, 2019
Poster Photo by Maruia Velasquez “My Garden”, Winning photo 2019 Garden Photo contest.
20th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 14, 2018
Poster Photo by Jeff Graves “Corner Joy”, Winning photo 2018 Garden Photo contest.
19th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 15, 2017
Poster Photo by Billy Kuczek “Landed”, Winning photo 2016 Garden Photo contest
18th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 9, 2016
Poster Photo by Billy Kuczek “Landed”, Winning photo 2016 Garden Photo contest.
17th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 11, 2015
Poster Photo by Nick Sell winner of 2015 Garden Photo Contest
16th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 12, 2014
15th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 13, 2013
14th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 7, 2012
Check out another story about our Garden Walk on the Sustainable Back Yards Blog, by Russ Klettke Click here
2012 Garden Walk Poster
13th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 9, 2011
12th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 10, 2010
11th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk was held on July 11, 2009