Glorious Garden Festival

Glorious Garden Festival
Friday, July 15: 9am-3pm AND Saturday, July 16 9am-3pm

Join us July 15-16 for the 26th Annual GLORIOUS GARDEN FESTIVAL, with all events starting at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington.

A paid ticket for the GARDEN WALK gives gardeners and garden lovers two days to visit 9 beautiful, inspired private gardens in the community from 1-7 pm on Friday, July 15 and 9am-3pm on Saturday, July 16.

Several FREE EVENTS are included in the 2022 Glorious Garden Festival and are available during the same hours:

Shop the GARDEN FAIR on the Mansion lawn featuring local artists, craftspeople and businesses selling garden-inspired art, plants, and treasures. Community partners will offer visitors garden-themed activities and art projects on Saturday only. Refreshments will available throughout both days.

Enjoy FREE TOURS of Sarah Davis’ historic garden given by Master Gardeners and a walk through the David Davis Mansion with experienced docents. Shop the Clover Lawn Gift Shop at the mansion for the best gifts, garden art and packets of seeds for many of the heirloom plants at Sarah’s Garden.

Bring the CHILDREN to experience the Bloomington Public Library Story Walk in Sarah’s Garden. The Garden Walk also features an interactive Scavenger Hunt.

Garden Walk ticket sales open June 15 at, and at local businesses: AB Hatchery & Garden Center, Casey’s Garden Shop & Florist, The Garlic Press, Growing Grounds Lawn & Garden Center, and Wendell Niepagen Greenhouses & Garden Center.

** General admission tickets will NOT be sold in advance at the David Davis Mansion Visitor’s Center. **

Advanced tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children 13-17 and FREE for children 0-12, with sales ending at noon on Thursday, July 13. Tickets can also be purchased for $20 on the Mansion lawn starting at 1pm on the first day of the event.

Members can receive up to 2 discounted tickets for $15 each. Please e-mail for more information.

The Glorious Garden Festival is a fundraiser for the David Davis Mansion Foundation, which supports the mansion’s educational programming and preservation initiatives. We appreciate your contribution!


Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…