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Shelburne Farms restoring grand gardens

Barbara Israel, a noted authority on historic garden ornament and one of the foremost experts in the field, will provide an overview of the restoration project of the grand Italianate gardens now underway at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne.

Israel's July 16 appearance, with accompanying lecture, is part of a benefit event at Shelburne Farms.

Israel founded Barbara Israel Garden Antiques in 1985 and is recognized as an authority whose antiques have been featured in many national publications and television programs. She is the author of "Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste", a detailed history of garden ornament in American between 1740 and 1940.

The benefit garden lecture and lunch will begin with a tour of the ongoing preservation work in the formal gardens of the historic Webb family home, now the Inn at Shelburne Farms. Following lunch, Israel will present a visual tour of grand Italianate gardens from the period 1895 to 1940 including Kykuit, the Rockefeller mansion in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., historic Viscaya in Miami, Fla., and Biltmore in Asheville, N.C.

For tickets for the benefit garden lecture and lunch, call 985-0342.

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