I recently toured ten city gardens in Chicago’s Lincolns Square where home owners have transformed their yards into gorgeous outdoor spaces. During a time when home values and home owners can be a bit challenged these days, these faithful gardeners are adding thousands to their home values and at the same time increasing the appeal of the neighborhood through hands on gardening.

As I walked through the front yards, parkways, back yards, outdoor living rooms, maintenance free yards that don’t need watering or grass cutting, I noticed that they are becoming the norm in this neighborhood. Home owners are going outside and creating inviting spaces for neighbors to gather, kids to play, and birds and butterflies to make their homes, adding trees, flowering shrubs, perennials, even vegetables gardens.

Taking pride in their homes and living up to their goal of working together to make the community greener for current and future generations is really why they are so invested in their home gardens. This garden walk happens every year in August so don’t miss it.

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Maggie Finegan, Move with Maggie Chicago Real Estate Team

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