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July 20 tour turns spotlight on nine area gardens

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The garden at 216 Oakland Park Ave. features this labyrinth as well as a Little Free Library.

What possibly was the first Little Free Library in the state is located in the yard of a stop on the next Clintonville Open Garden Tour, set for Sunday, July 20.

The second and final tour of 2014 will run from noon to 4 p.m. July 20 and feature nine gardens.

The properties include the home of Sandy Coen and Florence Jain at 216 Oakland Park Ave., where the Little Free Library can be found, along with many native plants, extensive paving and stonework, a labyrinth and a stone-lined meditation space.

The other locations for the tour include:

* 635 E. Jeffrey Place, featuring a rose garden with English roses and box and holly edgings, espaliered fruit trees, a topiary, herbs and a kitchen garden in a small backyard.

* 109 Westwood Road, with a theme of "more garden, less grass," mixes perennials, annuals and vegetables, as well as a koi pond and fountains.

* 293 Ceramic Drive, with a 2,000-square-foot perennial garden made up mostly of native plants. The yard also contains a vegetable garden.

* 3091 N. High St., the Park of Roses perennial garden has seven beds in both sun and shade containing more than 70 varieties of perennials, designed and maintained by volunteers.

* 30 E. Torrence Road, a half-acre lot with deep, cottage-style sunny and shady borders.

* 123 E. Torrence Road, featuring flower gardens, a terrace and a fountain on a hillside location.

* Public garden at Clinton Heights Avenue and Walhalla Road, an example of "guerrilla gardening" with perennials, bulbs and shrubs on a steeply sloping formerly vacant lot, designed and maintained by neighbors.

* 75 E. Tulane Ave, with no lawn but a large mix of perennials, biennials and naturalized annuals.

There is no fee for the tour and participants can visit the gardens at any time from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, email clintonvillegardens @gmail.com.

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