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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 29, 2014

Bell’s ‘Farewell Garden Tour’ Sunday

Jun 19, 2013
Courtesy of: SUE BUCH Dorothy Bell

The Fairfield Art Association will be hosting a “Dorothy Bell Farewell Garden Tour” from 2-4 p.m. Sunday in Bell’s garden at 204 Iowa Ave. Summertime refreshments will be served, and Bell will be on hand to say hello. She hopes friends and fellow gardeners will stop by to enjoy and help bid her garden a fond farewell.

Everyone knows about Bell’s beautiful springtime tulips gracing the berm on West Fillmore Ave. and the tropical plant among the multitude of summer flowers that magically replace the flowering bulbs. Even in winter the berm is an attractive sight with snow-covered evergreen and dried berry branches for birds.

However, unless you’ve personally toured the rest of Bell’s garden, it is a bit of a secret place you won’t want to miss.

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, then calling it the Dorothy Bell Garden Tour.

The Dorothy Bell Garden Tour has been a Fairfield Art Association staple for more than 25 years now. Only once, in 2011, was it canceled, which would have made this the 25th year. However due to 2013 weather and several unforeseen gardener’s family circumstances, the art association decided to change the regular community event to every other year, and not have it this summer.

“In a way, this works out perfect,” said Suzan Kessel. “We get to have the 25th Dorothy Bell Garden Tour where it began in the first place — Dorothy Bell’s awesome garden. We are thrilled to honor her in this way.”

“This Sunday, there will be no tickets or fees — just come enjoy and wish Dorothy the best,” said Kessel.

If pouring down rain, the garden tour will be postponed until 2-4 p.m. June 30.

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