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Garden tour to benefit library

KEESEVILLE - A handful of residents here are using their green thumbs to help raise a little green for their local library.

"Garden Pathways of Keeseville," a fundraiser to benefit the Keeseville Free Library, will be held from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, July 24.

Seven gardens, located at the homes of several friends of the library, will be open to visitors throughout the afternoon. Their locations will be kept secret, however, revealed only on a map given to tour participants.

One gardener making her blooms available for the tour agreed to be interviewed for this article on condition of anonymity. Here, she is referred to by the pseudonym "Lily Patch."

"People are always curious to look in other people's gardens," said Patch. "You get ideas on the different little things to put in your garden. People that like flowers really like to do this kind of thing."

Those who purchase tickets for the tour can pick up their map between noon and 1:30 p.m. at the library and drive between the seven gardens, all located in and around Keeseville.

"There is a suggested route, but they can go anywhere they want," said Patch.

Along the way, participants will see a wide variety of flowers, impressive landscaping, and, of course, beautiful scenery.

"Two of the gardens are right on the lake, and the views are fantastic," said Patch. "One garden is particularly unique because it has lots of different kinds of heather."

Lily, and her husband, "Basil," have been gardening for more than 30 years and focus mainly on organic vegetables and fruits, including a vineyard with blackberries, raspberries, and a variety of cold-hardy grapes.

The Patches will have at least 20 of Lily's quilts on display during the tour, as well, and may even have a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener on hand to provide gardening tips.

One garden, deemed the final one on the tour, will feature live music, refreshments, and a silent auction from 3-4 p.m. The auction features original paintings and photographs by local artists, wine baskets, quilts, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Advance tickets for the tour can be purchased for $8 at the Keeseville Free Library, Pray's Market, Rulf's Orchard, or Cook and Gardener. Tickets are available only

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