Garden tour making return

FAIRMONT — After a one-year hiatus, the MOSS garden tour is back, bigger and better than ever. Billed as the 2017 Garden Party, the event is slated for Saturday, June 24, rain or shine, with a luncheon and eight gardens available for viewing, each displaying individuality and uniqueness.

For many years, Many Offerings of Special Support held a spring garden tour to raise funds for special needs children. This enabled MOSS to purchase numerous electronic tablets and mobility equipment that was gifted to challenged youngsters throughout the area.

No tour was held last year for various reasons, but the event has returned, revitalized and with a new purpose. All proceeds will go toward construction of an inclusive playground in Fairmont which will be open to all children, regardless of abilities.

Three of the gardens are located in Fairmont. Three are located on or just off 190th Avenue, which is the fairgrounds road. Two are located on South Main Street in Granada. The roads will be clearly marked, with the destinations easy to locate:

o Dean and Joyce Maschoff, 1846 190th Avenue, Truman — The Maschoffs’ home is nestled on 8 acres of natural growth they have developed over only seven years. Tour-goers will be able to view a nature pond, more than 60 different trees and shrubs, wildflowers, native grasses and milkweed for the monarchs.

o Bruce and Tami Whitman, 1766 190th St., Truman — The Whitmans have collected vintage machinery, metal wheels and other oddities over the 25 years and incorporated these treasures to their yard, adding country charm to their home.

o Ron and Kay Sandersfeld of 1972 190th Avenue, Truman — Over a 30-year span, the Sandersfelds have amassed a collection of traditional flowers, from hollyhocks to peonies to glads. They have developed a new perennial garden lining the path to a fire ring.

o Bob and Kathy Leet, 305 S. Main St., Granada — This home is surrounded by beautiful flowers and landscaping, including a pond and waterfall in the front yard and a bright cheery garden shed in the back.

o Robert and Heidi Vonholdt, Granada Gardens, 502 S. Main St., Granada — Learn about organic farming at this community-supported agricultural garden.

o The Meadows (formerly the Village Co-op), 1310 Adams Ave., Fairmont — Three separate gardens have been developed behind the building. The Meadows’ residents share the pride and the work involved in their vegetable and perennial flower gardens.

o Cherry Malliet, 208 Tilden, Fairmont — Managing the popular Dairy Freeze every summer consumes a lot of hours, but Malliet has managed to achieve a beautiful yard on a smaller scale with her limited amount of time.

o Bill Busse and Doug Wollam, 515 E. First St., Fairmont — Busse and Wollam are considered by many to be extraordinary gardeners and previously have shared their gardens on the tour. They have new additions to the beautiful mixture of their formal and informal garden areas.

Tickets for the tour are $20 and are available in advance at Hy-Vee, Janzen’s Greenhouse, Dee’s Floral and on the day of the tour at the Fairmont Knights of Columbus Hall. Tour hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch (included in the ticket price) served at the KC Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.