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Healing Gardens in St. Charles to open one more Sunday this season

Healing Gardens, a two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens at Stone Hill Farm in St. Charles, announced its last Sunday opening date for the 2021 season will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10. An optional outdoor yoga class also is offered.

The mosquito-free gardens are open to the public on set dates for the purpose of enjoying the natural setting. The admission cost is $5 per person and $10 per family; call for discounted group rates. Healing Gardens is cultivated and hosted by Deborah Marqui, owner of Stone Hill Farm with her husband, Buzz Marqui.

PICK A BOUQUET

“Come and immerse yourself in the transformation of nature into the rich colors of fall. There is still time to pick a bouquet of flowers with numerous colors of mums, summer blooms and fall foliage,” Deborah Marqui said in a news release.

For a small donation, visitors can pick their own bouquet of flowers to take home. Jars and scissors are provided.

Fall is the perfect time to divide and plant iris, she said. At the October opening there will be clumps of iris to purchase for a small donation.

ADDED CHANCES TO VISIT

Healing Gardens will continue to be made available for individuals or small groups to visit during the week and weekends up until the end of November.

People are asked to text (which is preferable) 630-740-2597 or call and leave a message to make arrangements for a visit. There is no charge for individual visits, but a donation would be appreciated.

OUTDOOR YOGA CLASS

The Oct. 10 opening will offer an optional outdoor “Yoga in the Garden” class from 1 to 2 p.m., taught by Irina Shulman. To register, call 630-945-4984.

Groups are welcome to schedule and reserve special days to visit the gardens all year round. Healing Gardens are also available to rent for the day. Deb Marqui is the author of “From The Fire Into The Garden – A Healing Journey.

Healing Gardens is at 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. For more information, call 630-740-2597 or visit www.healinggardensatstonehillfarm.com.