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Luthy Botanical Garden, Peoria

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George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden, usually just Luthy Botanical Garden, is a botanical garden and conservatory located in Glen Oak Park, near the corner of Prospect Avenue and Gift Avenue in Peoria, Illinois, USA.The garden was established in 1951. It now contains more than 300 genera, with an emphasis on roses, perennials, annuals, hosta, hemerocallis, and herbs. Specific gardens include an all-season garden, herb garden, perennial garden, rose garden, viburnum collection, wildlife garden, and woodland garden. The conservatory is and features tropical plants, orchids, and seasonal displays.The garden is named after George Littlewood Luthy, who was president of Peoria's Commercial National Bank (now part of Commerce Bank) and of the Peoria Park District, which owns the garden.It is open daily. Garden admission is free; a fee is charged for the conservatory.
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  • This is probably the BEST unknown and not advertised spots in the Peoria area. We stop here every time we are in the area weather permitting. Just make sure to be long gone from this area of town befo...  more »
  • Visited the French Market day at the Botanical garden on Saturday. So many flowers were still in bloom and the fall leaf color was also prevalent. It was beautiful. The different market tents were pla...  more »
  • I love Luthy...great place to visit while in the greater Peoria area! It is a smaller botanical garden but offers some great trees and flowers. I recently got married in the gardens. It was great work...  more »
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  • The Luthy Botanical Garden is a nice size--not so big that it will wear you out, but with plenty to see. Still, your experience may vary depending on the season and the weather. There is a gazebo and a few shade trees, but on a hot day you might be miserable. There are a few benches scattered throughout. Depending on the time of year, there may not be much in bloom. There is a lot of grass lawn area in the middle, but some pretty landscaping if you go​ around the outside. The greenhouse is pretty cool in and of itself, and one time I saw an accordion ensemble play Christmas songs there. I always like the birds of paradise. Fortunately, the garden returned to a donation-based entry instead of the fee they had put on place for a few years, but the shop is gone. There is some sculpture scattered throughout the gardens, and I believe many of the sculptures are​ for sale.
  • This was really a beautiful quaint little garden. Indoors they had some beautiful mature plants from all over the world. Outside the gardens are very relaxed, scenic, and integrated into the park that surrounds it and the zoo. The whole area was really quite nice! The family loved it!
  • Went with a preschool class and had a great time. Staff was helpful and interacted great with the kids. Plant life is beatiful. Great place for a relaxing stroll.
  • Well worth the visit! A beautiful and well kept garden.
  • Best time to go is during the late spring and early summer. Simply a stunning place to take a walk. Truly an asset to Peoria and a must see location.

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