About Us

Get to know Cedar Lake Gardens & Gifts and Walker’s Lawn & Landscaping

Cedar Lake Gardens and Gifts brings 30 years of experience to you with Walker’s Lawn & Landscaping.  We serve customers in Decatur and all of Central Illinois.  We can do new construction, revitalize your existing landscape, or perform scheduled maintenance for your lawn.  We are certified Allan Block installers.  All trees and shrubs that we install are guaranteed for a year.

Our Lawn & Landscaping Services include:

  • Mowing, trimming & pruning
  • Grading, seed and sod
  • Hydroseeding
  • Computer-generated landscape designs
  • Patios, decorative walkways, and decks
  • Tree injections
  • Water features and fountains
  • Retaining walls
  • Decorative Edging
  • Tree and shrub planting
  • Customized fertilizer program

We also provide seasonal work such as spring and fall clean-ups and snow removal.

History of Cedar Lake Gardens & Gifts

Due to the growing customer base in Decatur, we decided to move from our rural Oakley location into Decatur. In 2003, the property at the corner of Illinois 48 and Mound Road caught our attention, needing a major facelift and the development of a positive atmosphere following its tragic past. We dug in our heels, filled in the vacant pool and transformed it into a serene garden center.

On May 2004, Cedar Lake Gardens & Gifts opened its doors. Named after our property in Oakley, it reflects a peaceful garden atmosphere with a retail center that carries garden and landscaping needs along with gifts and seasonal decor.  In 2008 we caught the attention of Garden Center Magazine and they featured us in their April magazine.  The article can be found by clicking HERE.

History of Walker’s Lawn & Landscaping

by Jeff Walker, founder

As summer neighborhood ball games stir a boy’s imagination of becoming a professional baseball player, I too have realized my dream of turning simple lawn-mowing jobs into a metropolitan lawn and landscape nursery and retail center. The decision to quit a full-time job with benefits at UPS, along with the keeping up with the responsibilities of a family with two small children, was the first major step of this adventure.

We started out in the late 1970s with a mower, trimmer and used pickup truck, and we have grown into four crews of mowers and a landscaping division. As the business grew, so did the family of employees, including my wife Jackie, brother Mike, son Nick, daughter Ashley and dad Lou, along with spouses, cousins and friends. Almost all are Walkers — hence the name Walker’s Lawn and Landscaping.


Visit Us

Our hours may vary by season. Please call for current hours. 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon-Sat
Closed Sunday

We accept Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

Our Team

Jeff & Jackie Walker

Jeff & Jackie Walker


Mike Walker

Mike Walker

Owner & Head of Landscape Design

Ashley Walker

Ashley Walker

Owner & Head of Billing

Dan Dunphy

Dan Dunphy

Garden Center Manager

Andrew Duncan

Andrew Duncan

Landscape Designer

Bryan Slayton

Bryan Slayton

Maintenance Foreman


Reviews From Our Customers

“We have an acre of property for which we hired the Walker crew to take from dirt to gorgeous, and they have! Today, we have an enviable lawn, prolific flowering shrubs, and several tree species adorning our yard. This year Mike and the guys put a beautiful retaining wall, including brass lighting and a matching circle of stone, around our berm. Classy for sure! Thank you, Cedar Lake Gardens. Thank you Mike Walker! We have the best, and we’re grateful!”

John & Marsha – Macon, Illinois

“We want to thank Mike for his creative work as our landscaping continues to enhance the enjoyment of our yard. Second, a special thanks and recognition to Kyle, Ozzie, and Mike who did all the work which Mike designed. It was a pleasure to have all 3 of your employees here and watch their work come to completion. Please give credit wher it is due – but most of all keep the flowers blooming.”

Don & Judy – Decatur, Illinois