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NOTL library to hold annual garden fundraiser with gourmet eats

The fifth Annual Garden Party, which helps to support the community garden behind the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, is back.

Starting at 6 p.m., the fundraiser will run rain or shine on Sunday, Aug. 18, with about 60 people expected to attend the event.

Featuring three Vintage Inns chefs – from the Prince of Wales, Pillar and Post and Queen’s Landing hotels ­– and a chef from Zees Grill, the event will also provide wine donated by Pondview Estate Winery and Palatine Hills Estate Winery.

There will also be a silent auction with donated items such as a golf cart, wine products, golf lessons and Shaw Festival tickets. Live music will be provided by a female duo, The Blythes.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the maintenance and care of the garden. Last year, the library raised $1,100 through the event.

“(The garden) extends our space. It’s an extension of the library itself,” said Debbie Krause, community engagement co-ordinator at the library. “The services we provide in the building, we also provide outside of the building. We also do a lot of programming out there.”

Vegetables harvested from the community garden are also free for pick up, though the library welcomes any donations.

“(The garden) just adds to the atmosphere of the library, which we want to be very welcoming and home kind of place. And home has a garden so even if you’re inside, you’re looking out into your backyard … and it’s a community garden. Like everything else in this building, access is for everybody,” Krause said.

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