Former Cudahy Alderwoman Jill Recely is organizing and funding a garden tour in the South Shore community on June 25. The free tour has seven gardens, and according to Recely, they will range “from funky and whimsical to the more formal.”
The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with maps available the day of the tour at the Cudahy Family Library (3500 Library Dr.).
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Recely said the tour is an extension of a personal mission she embarked on as alderwoman to “make Cudahy beautiful” by encouraging residents to keep up their properties. When Recely saw an exceptionally well-maintained home and garden, she would ask the property owner for permission to place a bright pink sign in their front yard.
Although Recely lost her re-election bid in April, she said it’s important for her to continue the mission because she wants people from outside the city to visit Cudahy.
“We don’t have an organization holding our garden tour. It’s just me,” Recely said. “The entire tour has been organized and paid for by me because I believe in this city and want to share it with anyone willing to come and see what we have to offer.”
The first garden on the tour is the Irish garden at the library’s south entrance that was designed and donated by the late Michael Cudahy and his wife, Lisa. Cudahy, a well-known local philanthropist and businessman, died in March at the age of 97. Cudahy, a grandson of Patrick Cudahy, the city’s founder, launched Marquette Electronics, which later become Marquette Medical Systems. Cudahy sold the company to GE Medical Systems in 1998 for more than $800 million.
“I believe there will be something that will strike everyone’s fancy,” she said.