A hidden gem of an in-town garden that provides a serene setting for watching the bustling goings-on at the Front Street Shipyard in downtown Belfast will be open to visitors on Friday, August 1 from 10 am to -4 pm as part of the Belfast Garden Club’s annual Open Garden series.

When Andrea Whyte inherited the property that straddles Bridge Street to Front Street in 2004, it was “a mess. Everything was overgrown and there were so many cedars and privet on the Bridge Street side you couldn’t even see the house. I spent months getting rid of ‘stuff’ – junk, garbage, debris -- from both inside and outside of the house and on the property.”

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The Belfast Garden Club awards two scholarships annually.  Awards are made to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates from Waldo County pursuing studies in conservation, ecology, horticulture, natural resources, sustainable agriculture or a related field.

Founded in 1929, the Belfast Garden Club has promoted the beautification of Belfast through educational talks, garden tours, the annual Plant Sale in May, donations of books to local libraries and scholarships.  Recipients of 2013 scholarships were Alexis Morse of Unity who is attending the University of New England studying biology and Erin Elizabeth Rollins of Lincolnville who is also studying biology at Husson University.

Students interested in obtaining a scholarship application may contact their high school guidance office or by contacting Scholarship Committee Chair, Ginny Hodge, at belfastgardenclub@gmail.comwww.belfastgardenclub.org, or write to the Belfast Garden Club, P. O. Box 987, Belfast, Maine 04915.  Applications must be submitted before April 30, 2014.

Photo courtesy of Annadeene Fowler

Photo courtesy of Annadeene Fowler

Donna Busch from the Belfast Garden Club presents gardening books for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Project to Bill Browning, Community Resource Coordinator. Photo by Martha Laitin

Donna Busch from the Belfast Garden Club presents gardening books for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Project to Bill Browning, Community Resource Coordinator. Photo by Martha Laitin

Belfast Garden Club members showed support for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Program by donating instructive books to the Reentry Center’s library on growing vegetables and preparing nutritious meals after harvesting the bountiful food.  Club members gave books from their personal collections and purchased new books for the project.  The books will be available to residents at the Reentry Center’s library in Belfast to assist them in learning gardening techniques for northern climate gardens, general good gardening principles, and using the produce in the kitchen to make healthy meals.