A circus train chugs through a rustic village in the backyard garden of Hill and Betty Harryman, June 1999.
Taylorville Garden Walk
When the newly formed Taylorville Tourism Council
sought ideas for a fund-raiser so it could afford to promote the
city, a garden walk was proposed. The idea had much to offer. It
would provide a summer attraction to balance winter's Christmas
home tour events. Further, a garden walk was a novelty so it
wouldn't conflict with long-established summer and fall festivals.
Best of all, the city of 11,000 was graced with many gardens --
flower, vegetable, herb, wild flowers -- that people had cultivated
for many years. Located 30 miles from the state capital of
Springfield, Taylorville first hosted a pilgrimage of nearly 1,000
visitors to 11 gardens on a sunny day in June 1996. On Saturday,
June 17, 2000, the event will feature a first -- a 640-acre soybean
and corn farm operated by the fourth generation of the pioneering
Breckenridge family -- along with woodland, wildflower, all-season,
19th-century, water and other gardens. Taylorville has positioned
itself as a "gateway to gardens," and the Garden Walk promises to
continue to blossom in the years to come.
Originally submitted by: John Shimkus, Representative (20th District).
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