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Arlington Hts. Garden Walk in full bloom on Sunday

A small bee prepares to grab some nectar from a flower at the home of Bill and Suzanne Koch.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

The Koch family will show off their koi pond and their gardens Sunday.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

A bat-faced flower or cuphea llavea is an unusual flower on display.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

The koi may make an appearance to Garden Walk visitors.

 

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Shady areas in Suzanne and Bill Koch's garden feature ferns and hostas.

 

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Containers on the deck are an important part of the display.

 

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Suzanne Koch brightens her gardens with containers.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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Published: 7/15/2009 12:00 AM

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Bill and Suzanne Koch and five other homeowners will open their gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 19, for the Arlington Heights Garden Club's annual Garden Walk.

Suzanne has the advantage of finding special plants and accessories at her husband's business, Hawthorn Gardens in Hawthorn Woods. On the other hand, the owner of a garden center is a bit busy to help out during the season.

Fifteen vendors will set up The Unique Boutique on the grounds of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont St. The garden club is also responsible for the gardens at the museum.

Admission to the grounds is free. Tickets for touring the private gardens are $10 and can be purchased at the boutique. Proceeds are for scholarships and conservation projects.

Visit the Web site of the Arlington Heights Garden Club at gardencentral.org/illinois/arlingtonheights.