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Tillsonburg Lioness highlight variety of gardens

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More than 100 people joined the 15th annual Tillsonburg Lioness Garden Tour on the weekend.

With seven gardens on the July 19-20 tour, including the Tillsonburg Community Garden, there was a wide variety of gardens to explore.

"Every place was different," said Tillsonburg Lioness member Nancy Lester, who took the tour Sunday afternoon.

"I'm not a gardener, but I know there's a lot of hostas here and begonias, so yes, I do know some of them," she laughed. "Surprising."

"The house on Brasher, I have to say, was absolutely wonderful," said Joanne Jones who was touring Sunday with her husband Don. "It was very nice."

"They were all very, very nice – a variety," Lester agreed, noting the 2014 gardens reflected many different interests, not just in plants, but in landscaping and accessories. "Several of the gardens had fountains, and that just makes them special. One had a pond. It's whatever you're interested in."

Tillsonburg's Community Garden on Bloomer Street was added to the Lioness Garden Tour for the first time.

"It's amazing really," said Lester. "All the different plots... and we couldn't believe how many were there. And a lot of them are for the food bank. I think people were really impressed seeing it."

Damp weather Saturday was followed by off-and-on clouds, but mostly sunny skies Sunday afternoon.

"Yesterday, that was rather dreary," Lester smiled. "It was much better today."

In addition to the Community Garden, the 2014 gardens belonged to Shirley and Lawrence Brown, Hilda DeCloet, Kelly and Dan Robillard, Bonnie and Bill Brown, Sharon and Jim Jakes, and Pat and Wayne Rooke.

Tillsonburg Lioness Judy Witczak annually finds gardens for the tour and keeps track to make sure they are not often repeated.

"We try not to repeat too often," said Witczak. "Last year, I believe three of the homes were repeated, but repeats from about five or six years ago. There are so many beautiful, beautiful spots (in Tillsonburg). Basically I take the tour of Tillsonburg and when I spot something, I get out and knock on their door. I see people working in their yards and I jump out and talk to them. We get referrals too."

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