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Making the best out of a bad situation is a way of life in the days of COVID-19, and the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is doing just that.

After the annual Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade were postponed from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, the 40-plus-year tradition was officially canceled recently. The same goes for the annual BAPA Home Tour.

Undaunted, BAPA will present its inaugural Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $20 before the event, $25 that day.

Ten gardens will be featured, along with several gardens at schools and churches that will serve as “points of interest.”

Outdoor-recreation options are limited these days, so the garden walk will be an ideal event for local residents to enjoy some fresh air, mingle with friends and support the community, all while following social-distancing guidelines.

According to organizers, the featured gardens include a yard with a seating area, paved pathways, shrubs, tree and plants; a garden with native plants, Prairie-style fixtures and ornaments, and a pond; side-by-side yards where sisters have removed a fence to create spaces for kids to play as well as a display of flowers, vegetables and herbs; a garden “hideaway” with a small stage for live music; and a double lot featuring flower beds and a seating area.

Several of them have been winners in the Chicago Bungalow Association garden contest.

The Edna White Community Garden, 1850 W. Monterey Ave., will serve as the walk’s starting point. That’s fitting because the garden, which offers a quiet retreat on a busy street, has been cared for this summer by a long list of volunteers.

Local businesses are walk sponsors and partners, and entertainment will be ready at selected gardens.

Facemasks will be required at all locations. Organizers said they chose several large residential gardens to facilitate social distancing.

According to news reports, gardening has become more popular worldwide during the pandemic. Volunteers at the 91st Street Metra Rock Island Line station garden meet every week, and they’ve created a colorful display that will be part of the walk.

Local residents have missed many opportunities to be together since the public health crisis started in March. The garden walk on a relaxed Sunday afternoon will be truly enjoyable.

If the weather does not cooperate, the walk will be held on Sept. 20.

For more information, call BAPA at (773) 233-3100 or visit bapa.org.