Designs a Hemingway-inspired Garden, Celebrating His Cuban Connection for the Dearborn Garden Walk, Held on July 21, 2013

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For the second year in a row, Maura Braun has been asked to design a vignette for the Dearborn Garden Walk. Ms. Braun will celebrate Ernest Hemingway's time in Cuba with her themed garden vignette.

Logo for the Dearborn Garden Walk
This year's Garden Walk theme is Ernest Hemingway: a native of Oak Park, Illinois

For the second year in a row, Maura Braun of has been commissioned to design and execute a garden vignette for the Dearborn Garden Walk. For 55 years the North Dearborn Association has been giving the public the opportunity to peek into the private gardens of some of the most beautiful homes on The Gold Coast of Chicago. This has become the major fundraising effort for the further preservation and beautification of this historic Near North neighborhood.

The Association is especially excited about the theme of this year’s event: Ernest Hemingway, a native of Oak Park, Illinois. The Hemingway theme is especially notable, as the Walk will be held on July 21, which is Hemingway’s 114th birthday.

MS Braun, however, has decided to skip the Oak Park connection, and base her garden vignette on a slightly more exotic locale: Cuba. Located ten miles east of Havana, Hemingway lived and worked in the small town of San Francisco DePaula, in his home named Finca La Vigia, which translates as “Lookout House.” It is reported that Hemingway loved Cuba so much that he considered himself a “Cubano Sato” or garden variety Cuban. While living there in the 1940’s, he wrote two of his most famous novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea.

Even with this year’s almost tropical weather, translating a Chicago Garden into that of a Cuban Villa will be a challenge – one that Maura Braun is excited to take on. Besides Cuba, vignettes of other designers will evoke the feeling of Paris, Spain and, of course, Oak Park, Illinois. This year’s garden walk will feature admission to over 20 distinctive rear gardens (many of which will have the proud gardeners available to answer questions), live jazz and classical performances in select gardens, and a narrated architectural walking tour of historic Dearborn Street.

The Garden Walk will be held on July 21, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Entrance is at the Latin Middle School, 45 West North Boulevard, Chicago, IL. For further details, see the website at:

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