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Planter's Palette to host garden walk
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Published: 6/20/2009 12:00 AM

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The Planter's Palette in Winfield will host a benefit garden walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28.

Twelve suburban and country gardens in St. Charles, Bartlett, West Chicago, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton will be featured. From small lots to 5-acre gardens, younger gardens to established landscapes, and sun-filled gardens to cool shaded retreats, there is a garden for every interest. There is even a vegetable garden that has been tended for more than 50 years!

Tickets can be purchased at The Planter's Palette at 28W571 Roosevelt Road in Winfield; at the U of I Extension office at 535 N. Randall Road in St. Charles; or by calling (630) 293-1040, ext. 2. One-day tickets are $15; weekend tickets are $25.

Proceeds will be given to University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in Kane & DuPage counties and DuPage County Animal Care & Control.

"These organizations are near and dear to our hearts, and we are happy to help raise needed funds for them," said Diana Stoll, retail manager of The Planter's Palette.

For more information, visit The Planter's Palette Web site at

Botanical books on the auction block

Botanist John Hill, who died in 1775, bankrupt after contributing more than 20 volumes of "The Vegetable System," might be happy to learn that the work is now expected to bring between $200,000 and $300,000 at an auction this week at Christie's in New York.

Hill's books are among the largest botanical publications of the 18th century and those being auctioned are very rare complete first editions with color illustrations, pictured. More than 200 other significant medicinal herbals and fine illustrated botanical books from the 15th through the 19th century will be auctioned by Christie's starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24. The catalog is viewable online at

Win fame for your master suite redo

If you're fun ­- and enthusiastic - and you've renovated your master suite in the past three years, well, get ready for your close-up.

"Bang for Your Buck," a Home & Garden Television show now in its second season, will be filming an episode in the Chicago area and producers are looking for three homes to feature.

They will bring in a design expert and a real estate expert to determine how the renovation impacts each home's value.

Taping will be done at the end of July, and applications are due by July 3.

Send photos of your master suite, and request an application, by e-mailing Brooke Schledewitz at or call her at (303) 712-3168.