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Tour historic houses and their gardens

Visit some of Albany’s historic houses and their accompanying gardens during the  39th annual Hidden City House and Garden Tour Thursday, June 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., rain or shine.

Demonstration sites along the tour route will showcase the joy of urban birding and backyard birds, run by Audubon Society Fellow Laura McCarthy. No artificial fertilizers, native plants, and food and cover for wild birds are among pledges at some host houses.

Among features are a charming garden on Jay Street  with a specimen tree peony, climbing roses and a pergola with a heritage hops vine. A mature garden on Lancaster Street has a fountain, climbing roses and old magnolia trees bearing scars of a former wisteria vine.

Tickets at $20 per person  may be purchased at 245 Lark St., Albany, from 4 to 7 p.m. June 26. Tickets act as your map and program. The  self-guided tour is at your own pace, in the order you choose.  Most of the homes are within walking distance to one another. For information, call 489-4747 or visit  http://centersquarealbany.com.

The self-guided downtown garden tour is sponsored by Historic Albany Foundation and Center Square Association, in partnership with Audubon New York and Audubon Society of the Capital Region.

Gloria Mazure

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