MOSS Garden tour provides help to children

Fairmont Park Board member Craig Nelson plants and maintains this and other sections of Lincoln Park, which in on the 2019 MOSS Garden Tour.

Only one week remains to buy tickets for the 2019 MOSS Garden Tour.

The $20 price includes admission to the five gardens on the June 22 tour, and lunch and a quilt show at First Congregational Church at 319 Downtown Plaza in Fairmont.

Advance tickets are available at Hy-Vee, Janzen’s Greenhouse and Dee’s Floral, all in Fairmont, and at the church on the day of the tour. Tour hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lisa Dahl and Kristin Tietje, MOSS members who serve on the tour committee, said there will be some changes with this year’s event.

In previous years, MOSS, which stands for Many Offerings of Special Support, used proceeds from the garden tour to purchase electronic tablets or mobility equipment for children with physical or learning challenges. This year’s ambassadors and recipients of the proceeds include Essence Leach, 8, and infants Nora Phillis, Malcolm Maday and Emmalyne Spitzer.

“All four are very young children who have major medical issues,” Tietje said. “They all have a lot of medical expenses going on right now so this year, we are just going to help out with those expenses.”

“We are going to divide the money equally among the four children,” Dahl said.

The location of the luncheon, which is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. also is new, Dahl said. People on the tour can attend the lunch before or after they tour the gardens.

“There will be a quilt show at the church. We are going to layer the quilts over the pews for people to view,” Dahl said.

Back by popular demand, Garden Designs and Sculptures of Jordan will have a display at the church. The company offers metal hand-crafted decorative pieces for yards and gardens.

The locations of the gardens on the tour are printed on the tickets. Featured gardens include: Craig and Marilyn Carrigan, 1893 230th Ave., Granada; Jim Bob Murphy, 882 250th Ave., Fairmont; Carole Rudig, 616 Highland Ave., Fairmont; Barb Owen, 1032 S. State St., Fairmont; and Lincoln Park, N. North Ave., Fairmont. The butterfly garden, located at the former prairie dog site on Lake Avenue, also has been added to the list.

The event will be held, rain or shine.

“I think we’ve done this 15 years, and we have never been rained out,” Dahl said.