The Washington Garden Club will sponsor a special event, "Pick of the Crop," featuring tours of six vegetable gardens and selected kitchens, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A cocktail party and boutique will kick off the event July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at town hall in Bryan Memorial Plaza in Washington.

Vendors will be on hand and a raffle will be held.

Litchfield County cookbook authors and chefs will offer samples of their farm-fresh food at the cocktail hour and during the tour the following day.

The tour will provide patrons a look at successful kitchen gardens, some with wine and root cellars, fruit trees, berries, an unusual range of herbs and vegetables and chickens.

Experienced gardeners will be stationed at each site to answer questions and offer horticultural advice.

Each of the featured gardens will offer something unique, including a working vegetable and herb garden where there is a master plan for crop rotation and seed propagation; a gentleman's farm with vegetables, cattle, chickens, pigs, a house and view of the lake; a vegetable garden created by the CEO of The International Culinary Institute; a garden just like "Mr. McGregor's," with activities for children; a garden and a barn converted into a greenhouse in the 1950s with a self sustaining watering system; and a garden started by a grandchild when she was 4.

Tickets to the cocktail party are $50. Tickets to the tour are $50. A box lunch for the day of the tour may be ordered in advance for $20. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted for free.

Tickets may be ordered and paid for by credit card by visiting, or by mailing a check to the Washington Garden Club, Inc. Attn. POC, P.O. Box 228, Washington Depot, CT, 06794.

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