When you meander through our historic haven, you’ll be captivated by centuries-old architecture and stunning green spaces! One of our favorite natural escapes is Linmar Gardens. This privately owned oasis spans 3.5-acres and features beautiful flora as well as historic ruins. If you are looking for a romantic date idea in Galena, IL, we urge you to spend time here with your beloved.
Before traveling to our Northwestern corner of Illinois, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide! You’ll find our recommendations for the best outdoor spaces like Linmar Gardens, as well as local eateries and delightful entertainment venues. Our guide also features the rustic accommodations and wonderful amenities at Farmers Guest House!
What You’ll See at Linmar Gardens
Our delightful town features an array of beautiful gardens and city parks to take a break from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. Before you experience Linmar Gardens, read over our local insights and find out everything you’ll need to know!
The History of This Spectacular Hideaway
In 1976, Harold Martin purchased and transformed this hilltop paradise into the lush retreat it is today. Once a rocky limestone bluff, the Linmar Gardens offers a stunning collection of annuals and perennials that bring color to this enchanting escape each year. Now, you’ll be delighted by the array of breathtaking waterfalls, spectacular meadows, and serene paths create the allure of this property!
What’s in the Gardens
From mid-May to October, you can plan a private tour at Linmar Gardens. Perhaps one of the most famous features is the Sunken Garden. Situated around the foundation of Illinois’s first African American Baptist Church, you’ll see the ruins of this place surrounded by beautiful flowers and quaint seating areas. In addition, you’ll be taken by the replica of a lead mine, a bell tower from a Galena firehouse, and the Meadow (the on-site wedding venue). You can see the Four Seasons Garden, also known as the Galena sculpture park, filled with unique pieces of rocky beauty.
What’s Near This Breathtaking Place
After you experience the Linmar Gardens, explore the lovely downtown Galena, IL! One of our favorite places to visit is Galena Cellars Winery! Just across from the gardens, it’s the perfect place to sit, sip, and socialize with your significant other or with some local patrons. You’ll also be close to delectable cuisine, delightful shops, wonderful museums, and around the corner from Farmers Guest House!
Relax at Farmers Guest House
One of the most delightful retreats near Linmar Gardens is Farmers Guest House. Our beautiful bed and breakfast is a quick 8-minute walk from this nature preserve and has the perfect guest room for you and your partner. We invite you to browse our nine elegant accommodations and hand-select the ideal room for your getaway!
As you search, consider booking our Julia Suite! This enchanting suite showcases restored hardwood floors, beautiful antiques, and stunning views. Whether you want to cuddle up on the sleigh queen bed, in the spa-like bathroom, or on the sofa by the fireplace, you’re sure to feel reconnected with your partner.
Plan your delightful getaway with us this year!