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Ilsley Library's gardens have a special keeper

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Posted on May 18, 2015 |
By Christy Lynn



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ANNA ROSE BENSON works tirelessly as the Ilsley Public Library’s gardener, keeping the grounds in the front and back filled with flowering perennials, shrubs and trees for all to enjoy. Independent photo/Christy Lynn

MIDDLEBURY — Anna Rose Benson has been meticulously tending to the gardens around the Ilsley Public Library in downtown Middlebury since the early 2000s.

Her love for the gardens is contagious; she radiates joy each minute she spends planning the space, digging the soil and encouraging each bud and blossom with her care.

“Do you know the book ‘Corduroy’ about the bear?” Benson asked. In the book a teddy bear named Corduroy waits on the shelf in a department store for someone to come and take him home.

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