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Garden tour on for today in Marion

A storm swept through Marion and did some damage to gardens there last week, but the Flowers in the Flint Hills tour is on for today.

Seven gardens in and around Marion will be open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They include Shirley Jo and Rocky Hett's ranch with Flint Hills vistas, at 2052 Timber.

The mother-daughter garden of Marion Crofoot and Pam Bowers at 412 S. Thorp in town is another tour stop.

"Pam Bowers lost a tree at the edge of her property," organizer Jeanice Thomas reported after last Saturday night's storm. "Not to fret, she said. It fell directly into her compost heap!"

Tickets for the tour are $5 per person to see all the gardens; proceeds benefit the Marion Public Library. Tickets, which include a map, are available during the tour at the library at 101 Library St. It is behind the Marion County Courthouse, which is easily seen from Main Street.

Here are the other gardeners on the tour and their addresses: Jan Davis, Gallery 101 of the Flint Hills Sculpture Garden, 106 E. Main (check out a Flowers in the Flint Hills art exhibit inside, too); Kris and Kevin Burkholder, 431 Elm (check out the serious limestone retaining wall); Mary Ann and Keith Conyers, 146 S. Lincoln; the pocket-sized wildflower garden outside the Marion Performing Arts Center, 127 S. Lincoln; and Teeny and Pete Williams, 96 Lakeshore Drive on Marion Lake.

Also check out the 2 1/2-acre Brooker-City Park, with its historic spring, on the town's Main Street.

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