Summer blooms at the Park captured by the talented Allerton Park Photography Group! Follow them on Facebook for more stunning pictures of Allerton all year round! … [Read more...] about Summer Blooms 2021
The Visitor Center at Allerton Park and Retreat Center is being renovated, thanks to support from the McCraw family. Originally Robert Allerton’s garden shed, the building located across from the Greenhouse Café was renovated to office space in 2005, and will once again be updated to serve as the Visitor Center, located at 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. The space provides just under 1,000 square feet, which will be dedicated to informative and interactive elements to enhance visitors’ … [Read more...] about Donations fund McCraw Family Visitor Center
Check out all the visitors the creek has been getting this summer. The fawns are plentiful this year! Keep an eye out for the newborn taking some of its first steps and the ninja raccoon! https://youtu.be/0nZZjTCoAAc … [Read more...] about Creek Cam 6
Never know what you’re going to see on the Allerton CreekCam! Thanks to our Natural Areas Managers for managing this amazing wildlife footage, and to the donors who made this trail cam possible. … [Read more...] about Bobcat Sighting!
The Greenhouse Café has reopened and is under new management. Leah Bodine of Blue Dragonfly Catering joined the Park with an upbeat attitude, over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, and an assortment of ideas to add her personal touch to the visitor-favorite eatery. We spoke with Leah about her experience with Allerton, plans to engage the community with the Café, and more! Check out the interview below. When did you start your business and why? I started my business 12 years … [Read more...] about Spotlight Interview: Greenhouse Café operator, Leah Bodine
It's National Pollinator Week 2021! Why are pollinators worth celebrating? Bees, bats, birds and butterflies do us an important service! As they visit flowers to feed on nectar, they carry pollen from plant to plant - moving pollen from a flower’s male stamen to its female stigma - or that of the next flower - fertilizes plants and produces fruits and seeds. When you walk into a garden to enjoy the flowers or bite into your favorite fruit or vegetable, you can thank a pollinator! They are … [Read more...] about National Pollinator Week 2021
Thank you to Central Illinois Bakehouse for sponsoring our Picnic with the Peonies fundraiser! Founded by Lauren and Jeffrey Brokish, Central Illinois Bakehouse offers hand-crafted artisan breads, croissants, bagels, and pretzels baked fresh daily by a team of passionate bakers. Read our interview below to learn more about Central Illinois Bakehouse. Can you tell us about your company including your services, mission, and goals? We are an artisan baking company that celebrates community and … [Read more...] about Interview with Lauren + Jeffrey Brokish of Central Illinois Bakehouse
Thank you to Atron Regen, of Atron Regen Interior, for sponsoring our upcoming fundraiser, Picnic with the Peonies! Atron has been focusing on his interior design work for the last 40 years, but prior to that, he lived and worked at Allerton for six years. Read on to learn more: Q: Can you tell us about your company including your services, mission, and goals? A: "My business is a total interior design service from concept to completion." Q: How long have you been in business and where … [Read more...] about Interview with Atron Regen of Atron Regen Interior