Self-Guided Plant Tours

Self-Guided Plant Tours

Self-Guided Interactive Tree Tours

Learn about and connect with the trees at Lake Ellyn and Panfish Parks! Interactive tree tags have been installed on trees throughout the park, enabling visitors to access detailed information about each tagged tree. The Lake Ellyn Self-Guided Tree Tour was generously funded thanks to an anonymous donation.

At the park? Simply scan the QR code on the tree’s tag with your smartphone or tablet. At Lake Ellyn Park, be sure to click on the target icon to show your location. At home? Browse the collection using the online map.

Lake Ellyn Park Demonstration Garden

Have you seen the demonstration garden adjacent to the Lake Ellyn Boathouse? The garden includes trees and perennials that are hardy, provide color, and attract beneficial insects and birds. The entry garden was designed by Chicago-based Garden Design Consultant Austin Eischeid, who specializes in designing dynamic naturalistic plantings. A significant variety of native plants with year-round interest and bloom times was used to emphasize the entrance of the pathway and create a wandering garden experience from the Boathouse. The horticulture will also be used as a tool for outdoor education in Park District nature programs. The front garden was funded through the Glen Ellyn Fund. The Fund supports projects and programs right here in our hometown. Design was completed by Village of Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission member and landscape designer Jennifer Umlauf.

Maryknoll Park Pollinator Garden

The pollinator garden was originally created in 2015 with the help of dozens of monarch butterfly supporters. In 2020, the garden was expanded and enhanced with grants awarded from ComEd’s Green Region program and from the Glen Ellyn Fund awarded to the Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission. Plants are labeled, and a brochure is available on-site. The garden is located next to the Splash Park.

Village Green Park Demonstration Garden

The Village Green Park gardens consist of four raised beds next to the baseball field’s centrally located shelter. These beds hold a large collection of native and perennial plants, grouped by color, to demonstrate how diverse plants can co-exist for a great garden. These gardens were funded by a grant from the Glen Ellyn Fund awarded to the Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission.