Sauk Valley Shop Small

participates each year

in Small Business Saturday

when area small businesses

and cultural groups

combine forces to bring

the public a relaxing,

cultural, holiday

shopping experience.






Small Business Saturday®

is a national campaign

founded by

American Express OPEN

to raise awareness

of the shop small movement

in America.


First there was Black Friday,

then Cyber Monday.

November 27, 2010

was the first ever

Small Business Saturday.


Small Business Saturday

is the day we celebrate

the Shop Small movement

to drive shoppers

to local merchants

across the U.S.





When you shop small

68% of your money stays local.

Spend it at a big box, only 43%.





The Holiday Season is one

of our favorite times of year. 


We rearrange the shop,

put up a ton of decorations

and create a festive atmosphere

to kick off the season with joy. 







Holiday Open House brings

in friends and family,

many faces

we may not have seen

for quite some time.


  People come in to visit,

start their holiday shopping

and get ideas for decorating.




We start weeks ahead

creating over two dozen

sparkly little trees

that we bring

into the shop

to make the 

season festive.




Pre-order your wreath

at Holiday Open House

and save.






Sinnissippi Centers, Inc. is a community based

behavioral healthcare center

that has provided quality care

to the Illinois residents of

Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties

since 1966.


 Sinnissippi is a fully accredited behavioral

healthcare agency by The Joint Commission.


The Sinnissippi Center's Gardening Program

provides valuable hands-on gardening experiences

for the center's clientele

and is a great tool to open lines of communication.





 The Youth Gardening Program serves as

an add-on to regular services

and utilizes both clientele and people from the community

to raise produce from a vegetable garden

that in turn is donated to the Dixon Food Pantry.  


By attending Gardenstock your support benefits

the Youth Gardening Program

and in turn benefits Dixon Food Pantry,

a perfect "pay it forward"

community spirited event.




Our roots grow deep.






Creative spirit generosity









Shuttles start 10a, Saturday Aug. 18



Gardenstock is picnic style. 

Bring a chair and cooler or sample scrumptious offerings

from local drink and food vendors.


Make yourself at home while you listen to bands

ranging from folk, to bluegrass, and rock.


Wander the art festival grounds

and check out the best in local creativity.



Gardenstock Tips

Allowed:  Chairs, Blankets, Coolers, Small Tables (low to the ground)

Not Allowed:  Tents and Big Tables (picnic tables, tall tables)

We want everyone to have a great view!

If you want to reserve a tent please see below.



August 18, 2018 Gates open at 10am

Music:  11a to 11p

Art:  10a to 6p

Food:  11a to 8p

Tie Dye Contest:  11-6

Raffle & 50/50:  11-6


Minimum donation

UPDATE: [pre-order is now closed]

Pre-order online or in store $10 through Aug 5

$13 Gate Adults 13 and up

$1 Kids 12 and under


Benefitting the Sinnissippi Center's Youth Garden Program





Q1. Can I come early, set up my chair and then leave?

Answer: No.

Out of respect for all attending you can not stake out a territory and then leave.


Q2. Is there camping?

Answer: No.

General camping is not available. We are not set up to accommodate camping for all.

However there is camping permitted for people working Gardenstock in small restricted areas.


Q3. Can I bring my dog?

Answer: Yes.

As long as you:

1. take your pet out to the parking lots for a potty break,

2. bring a doggie bag to clean up, and

3. have them leashed.


Q4. Is there handicap parking?

Answer. Yes.

Marked handicap parking is available near the shuttle tents located at:

Shopko, County Market lots

and CGH Clinic back lot.


Q5. Can I park at Gardenstock?

Answer. No.

Access to Gardenstock is by shuttle only.


Q6. Can I drop off my stuff at the gate?

Answer. No.

You can put all your gear in the shuttles.





NOTE:  Tent reserve does NOT include wristbands.

You will need to purchase a wristband either online or at the gate.

Thank you! 





Wristband Pre-Order

 Order tickets in advance

online or in store

through Aug 5.


Spring Store hours:

Apr  - Jun 

Mon - Sat 9 - 6

Sun 11 - 3



Order Online 24/7


Closed Aug 6 through Aug 17

to prepare for Gardenstock.



Adults $10 online / $13 gate.


Limited available day of


Wristband green2

Adults 13 and up

$10 at Distinctive Gardens through Aug 5

$13 gate





Gardenstock Kid wristband GS16b

Kids 12 and under

$1 at Distinctive Gardens through Aug 5

$1 gate




Tent Reserve

Reserve a tent ($40) on the grounds for the day.

Reserving a tent is popular to say the least.

Reservations start ONLINE in late June.

To be fair, reserving is on a first come first serve basis.

You can not reserve a tent at the shop. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Online tent purchase is the only way to keep the reserve line in order. 

Tents will be assigned. 

When you reserve a tent make sure to list

at least your top 10 favorite tent numbers

in order of preference in the comments field.

We will assign your tent based on availability and your place in line.

TENT MAP 2018 mres




Access to Gardenstock festival grounds is by shuttle only with shuttle service between public parking and the festival grounds.

NEW for 2018 we've added extra shuttles for the 8p rush compliments of Lee Ogle Transportation System.

Public parking is available in south end of Shopko/County Market and the back side of the CGH Dixon Clinic parking lots.

Pickup/Drop off points at those lots will be designated by tents.

After 2016 it became necessary to make this change.

We hope you understand.

Please carpool whenever possible.

Limited onsite parking is available to artists, musicians, food vendors and day-long volunteers only.

A parking pass will be required.

Please watch for parking update signs as you approach.

There will be multiple shuttles running from 10a until Midnight. 

Shuttle Map5


A day of peace, love

and flowers.


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 Distinctive Gardens

2020 Lowell Park Road

Dixon, IL




by appointment  

Mon - Sat 9-6   Sun 11-3  

by appointment  

Mon - Sat 9-6   Sun 11-3  



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