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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2014

Award to honor Fairfield gardener

The new Dorothy Bell Garden Rose Award will be presented to an outstanding garden or gardener each year in June.
Jul 10, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED The inaugural Dorothy Bell Garden Rose Award is presented to Dorothy Bell by Fairfield Beautification Commission Chairwoman Nancy Horras during Bell’s recent farewell garden tour. From left are: Bell, Fairfield Art Association Director Suzan Kessel, Horras and Fairfield Beautification Commission Secretary Mary Gomes.

A new annual garden award jointly announced by the Fairfield Beautification Commission and the Fairfield Art Association was presented to long-time gardener Dorothy Bell, whom the award is named after.

The “Dorothy Bell Garden Rose Award” was a surprise presentation at Bell’s farewell garden tour hosted by the Fairfield Art Association June 23 in her garden,

More than 90 guests attended the special tour to help Bell bid her garden a fond farewell.

The Beautification Commission’s traditional metal Rose Award was placed in Bell’s berm of flowers on Fillmore Street and a specially selected pink rose bush was given to her to plant at her new home.

The newly designed award featuring a photo of Bell’s tulips was framed and presented. The award states “The Fairfield Beautification Commission, along with the Fairfield Art Association, thanks you for your efforts to enhance the charm, beauty, and dignity of our City for the enjoyment and inspiration of all.” It is signed by Mayor Ed Malloy and both organizations.

The award will be given to an outstanding garden/gardener in Fairfield every year in June.

Bell has shared her love of gardening with the community for years. In 1987, she initiated a community garden tour for the Fairfield Art Association, and it has become a traditional event. Her own garden has been on the tour several times, along with many outstanding Fairfield gardens.

Bell, who was a founding Fairfield Art Association member 47 years ago, organized the tour many of the years herself. When she finally passed the torch, the art association decided to name the tour after her, calling it the Dorothy Bell Garden Tour.

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