Rediscover Allerton Category

March 6th, 2014

Rediscover Allerton – Spring has Sprung 2014

Spring Has Sprung at Allerton Park This is one of my favorite times of year. Vegetation slowly begins to emerge from the long, cold, unsympathetic winter. Even before trees begin to leaf-out Allerton’s natural areas are provided with a welcome splash of color. In spring, the woods of Allerton Park are carpeted with more than three dozen kinds of wildflowers in hues of pink, blue, white, yellow, and lavender. These plants take advantage of the sunlight that reaches the forest… Read the rest of this entry »

November 7th, 2013

Allerton LINC to Campus

Allerton Park and Retreat Center is very lucky to be working with the Learning in Community Group from the University of Illinois. The following is one of the projects that we are now working on. By: The students of ENG 315: Learning In Community- Allerton Park Several University of Illinois students have teamed up with Park Operations to construct an 11,000 Watt solar installation at Allerton Park. To meet the goals of Learning in Community (LINC) program, to integrate service… Read the rest of this entry »

November 7th, 2013

Ten Reasons Allerton Park is Special to Me

Thank you Dick Robrock for writing such a great Rediscover Allerton Blog- It all began many decades ago when I was first introduced to Allerton Park. It has been a period of discovery as I have learned more of its history, enjoyed more of its venues, and grown in appreciation of its natural splendor. My affection for the place has only soared. 1. Robert Allerton traveled the world each winter and brought back to Piatt County unusual pieces from around… Read the rest of this entry »

July 16th, 2013

Allerton Herb Garden Blog

Allerton Park has long been a place for me to enjoy the beautiful gardens and natural areas and just “get away from it all” so I was very excited when I was invited along with Sandy Meager a fellow Master Gardener, to work with Derek Peterson and his staff to renovate and redesign the existing herb garden. I had participated in the designing and planting of the herb garden when it was established in the mid-90’s so I already have… Read the rest of this entry »

May 21st, 2013

A New Appreciation

Like many current and former Monticello residents, I hold a special place in my heart for Allerton Park. Many of you can likely recall family picnics and hikes as a child, lazy summer days lounging around the Sun Singer, or maybe the joy of bringing your children out to Allerton for the first time. The Park was a playground, the mansion a mystery. I’m ashamed to say that growing up I didn’t realize just how lucky I was to have… Read the rest of this entry »