413 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048
This garden is the subject of my first blog posting. It is a well tended place of growth and beauty. My goal is for this blog to bloom and flourish.
Libertyville is a bit west of the traditional North Shore communities that hug Lake Michigan’s shoreline. However, I feel justified in my choice. About a year ago, a destination grocery store opened on Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills. This store has no lack of customers. Stickers on the windshields of patrons’ cars are from communities around Lake County and beyond. I’m confident these shoppers would drive a few miles north on Milwaukee Avenue to visit this garden.
Situated on 1.7 acres in downtown Libertyville’s Heritage Area, this park is a centerpiece for many events in the village throughout the year. In season, the colors and fragrance of the garden are unmistakable. With the unusually warm spring, the roses opened early. The day of my walk, bees were busy pollenating the flowers. Some small children were delighted.
The Ansel B. Cook house is on the western edge of the property. The park is on the front lawn with rose beds planted to the north and south.
There are four flower beds on the north side. The smallest triangle contains a metal plaque dated 1995. It reads, “All-America Rose Selections, Inc.” with this site receiving a Public Rose Garden Award for an outstanding public rose garden. The three southern beds are planted in the general shape of a “D”. For full color impact, about 20 rose bushes, per variety, are planted together. Grass paths between the flower beds resemble mini mazes. It encourages the viewer to slow the pace and wander.
Follow the angled walkway past the southern patch towards Milwaukee Avenue. Locate a Blue Star Memorial marker placed as a tribute to the Armed Forces. Sponsors include Town & Country Garden Club of Libertyville in co-operation with American Legion #329 VFW #8741 and the Village of Libertyville.
Pressed for time? The walk can be completed in 10 minutes. Picnic tables and fixed seating in the park are available for a meal or snack if you can linger. Lovin Oven Cakery and The Picnic Basket are within easy walking distance. Starbucks Coffee is one block north. Mickey Finn’s is directly across the street. Area shops are part of the “Shop 60048” campaign. There are many places to see around the park depending on your time and interests.
A playground is located on the south end adjacent to the mansion. It is open from 6AM – 9:30 PM.
All ages will enjoy a ramble among the roses.
Parking: On street – around the park’s perimeter. Public Parking Lots – to the north or south.
Cook Park & Village of Libertyville: www.libertyville.com
GLMV Chamber of Commerce: www.glmvchamber.org
Lake County, Illinois, CVB: www.visitlakecounty.org
Libertyville Days Festival 2012 – Thursday 6/14 to Sunday 6/17. www.libciviccenter.org/festival2012