Dave and I own and operate "Bernadine's Stillman Inn" in Galena IL since 2000. A prime spot to visit if you enjoy History and the Gentle Arts.
Okay, so it doesn't seem like much right now but just wait! This is the beginnings of our new "Kitchen Garden". Located on the lower level courtyard where only guests are allowed to go! We're using the Square Foot Garden method to create this soon to be delicious and good for you garden.
We will be using some of the harvest in our Breakfast Quiche!
Also New This Year is our "Garden Loom" presented here alongside "Mom"! We had fun putting this together. We saw a garden loom in "Backyard Crafts" magazine and decided we needed one. Guests are welcome to take the whole thing apart and weave their own magic or just add to what is there. For a quick fix we collected things from the park and just stuck them in for starters! This is going to be fun!
There are knew statues hidden among the gardens for you to come and find. This little guy is sitting in front of a plant that is grown widely in Galena. I need to find the name of it but it is great for rock gardens and spreads like crazy keeping the weeds down in areas where needed. It is a brilliant yellow in Spring - now- and then it's just a cute tufted plant through the summer. We will be gathering the seeds and packaging them up for guests who are interested in taking some home! Just ask for it!
And this is what I'm talking about when I say it grows easily out of the brick walls around town. Nice!
Let Us Not Forget the Birds! We are planning three bird feeding areas in the gardens this year. Sit on the porch and relax with a glass of wine or a cool iced tea while enjoying our feathered friends coming and going. Spotted a Baltimore Oriole a week ago. I understand they enjoy fruit so I'm trying to figure out how to make that happen for them!
So, Come visit the Stillman Inn in picturesque Galena IL. We specialize in romantic getaways and will help you plan the perfect vacation. Visit museums, art shops, walk the levee or bike the bike path. How about a scooter ride out to the local winery or a hot air balloon ride?
We can make it happen!