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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Secret Gardens Tour this Sunday

Every year I vow to have my best garden ever. Even when that’s true, I still have miles to go before attaining anything close to a “wow” garden – like the kind that will be on the Sunday (June 26) Secret Gardens Tour.
If you missed The Saratogian preview of what’s on the tour, check it out at
I’m a member of Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, the local branch of a professional women’s public service organization. The garden tour is one of two big fund-raisers that the club organizes to benefit programs such as Project Hope and Power, a series of classes that help local domestic violence victims obtain their legal and financial independence.
The tour, in its 17th years, is two weeks earlier than usual because the Soroptimist International’s international conference is taking place in Montreal, close enough for Saratoga members to attend. The garden tour is so labor intensive that we couldn’t have members heading to Montreal and still staff the garden sites. The date change will allow for some new views of perennials that bloom in June.
Tickets for the tour will be available at the Saratoga Springs Visitor’s Center beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at


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