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Tours, talks and roses at Garden Fest

Everything is coming up roses this weekend as the Lewiston Garden Club holds its seventh annual Garden Fest.

Visitors will be able to brush up on gardening skills as they enjoy the two-day event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to a free tour featuring gardens of local residents, there will be educational talks from gardening experts, as well as vendors offering plants, flowers and other garden-related items.

"Whether you've gardened all of your life or are just getting started, the Lewiston Garden Fest offers creative ideas and products to spruce up your garden, complete your plantings or to tackle larger landscaping projects," said Barbara Landree, the event's chairman. "Learn how to beautify your space from talking with gardeners of varying skill levels and seeing firsthand examples with a tour of our open garden."

More than 16 private gardens of different size and styles are within walking distance or just a short drive from Center Street, the epicenter for Garden Fest.

The Peace Garden, behind the Little Yellow House on Center Street, the gardens at the Lewiston Red Brick on North Fifth Street and the Gardens at Oxbow, at Ninth and Mohawk streets, also are featured in this year.

For those interested in learning more about gardening, a Garden Talk is scheduled each day of the event:

11:30 a.m. Saturday -- Sally Cunningham, newspaper columnist and television and radio personality, "Lessons From Garden Walk Gardens," at the Brickyard, 432 Center St.

Jackie Albarella -- who has a background in gardening, writing and television, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the community tent.

The Bonsai Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hosta and Daylily Society, Irish Society and Rose Society will be available to answer gardening questions throughout the weekend.

Also featured is the Container Contest, sponsored by the Lewiston Garden Club, for those who may be hesitant about creating a large garden.

For information, visit lewistongardenfest.com.