Gardens Open in 2016

ALL GARDENS ARE OPEN 10:00-4:00 Rain or Shine

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Friday, June 17
Tom & Alicia Stevenson Garden
58 Church Street, Belfast

Stevenson garden from Church Street
Photo by Martha Laitin

Open House AND garden.  The transformation from an expansive asphalt parking lot to a lovely formal garden was due to the artistry of garden designer, Terry Hire.  Starting with a flowing fountain brought to the Stevensons’ Maine home from Texas, pathways were laid out, Maine rocks were added and plantings were chosen for the back shade garden and front sun gardens, then labeled for identification.  The trellis, built by Tom, is accented with roses, clematis and lilac.  A collection of peonies may be in bloom on the Church Street side.  The first floor of the home will also be open the day of the tour. Terrain is easy walking.

Directions: From the center of town to the Church Street address on the right.

Friday, June 24
Block Garden
1485 Atlantic Hwy (Rt.1), Northport

Block glass house background vertical
Photo by Martha Laitin

Open House AND garden.  A great variety of garden environments provide a broad range of garden possibilities from a wild field of lupine to a terraced peony patch at this waterfront home. Hybrid and heirloom roses line the path to the main entrance and regosa roses border the path to the potting house. A shade garden of hosta, columbine, poppy, iris and gooseneck contrasts with sun gardens at the front of the house interspersed with vegetable plants and blueberry bushes.  The first floor of the home will also be open the day of the tour. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic at a table with a view of the water.  Terrain is easy walking.

Directions: Located on U.S. Rt.1 at the Belfast/Northport town line.  Park along the road and walk in the driveway, please.

Friday, July 1  (no garden)

Friday, July 8
Woolsey Garden
37 George Street, Bayside (Northport)

Photo by Martha Laitin
Photo by Martha Laitin

Screened from the road in summer by a bed that includes native roses and many tall later-blooming perennials is a little oasis of fruit, vegetable and flower gardens.  Raised beds and wire control red and black raspberries in a side garden area with beds of vegetables and red currants.  The screened porch is given natural privacy by hand-made rustic trellises supporting 10 varieties of clematis, accompanied by a bed of day lilies. Astilbes border the path to the front door and lead the way to shade gardens that include all your favorites.  Terrain is easy walking.

Directions:  Rt. 1 south; turn left to Bayside.  Bayside Road becomes George Street. First house on right past West Street.

Friday, July 15
Jones Garden
58 Cobb Road, Belfast

Photo by Martha Laitin
Photo by Martha Laitin

Located in a country setting within the city limits is a delightful array of colorful flowers in most hues except orange, the gardener’s least favorite color.  Eye-catching is a collection including bee balm, hollyhocks, delphiniums and day lilies in a stone-rimmed bed at the front of the house.  The annual, creeping gloxinia lofos vine is full of blooms at the front door and mammoth wisteria vines provide shade and privacy at the hot tub. Raspberry bushes and a fence made of interior doors from the Gladys Pitcher House provide straight lines in this otherwise curvy yard.  Terrain is easy walking.

Directions:  From U.S. Rt. 1 (south) turn R on Lower Congress Street; pass dam and turn R on Woods Road.  Opposite cemetery turn L on Cobb Rd; go 200 ft. and turn R on private road; first house on the left.

Friday, July 22
Fotterall Garden
71 Bayview Street, Belfast

Fotterall photo

A Secret Garden!  Behind a stonewall facing the street and behind the house itself on a back terraced yard are a collection of well placed annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.  A path leads from the driveway along the right side of the house and through the back garden where you will see stone walls along three sides of the lot, a blooming stewartia tree, roses, hosta, daylilies, lady’s mantle, hydrangia, sunflowers, catnip, yarrow and lots more.  Some stones were delivered by bucket-loader from the Front Street construction project.   Terrain is steep in places.

Directions: Turn towards the harbor from High Street on Harbor Street; turn right on Bayview Street.  Suggested parking is on Allyn or Harbor Streets.

Friday, July 29
Rogals Garden
387 High Street, Belfast

Photo by Martha Laitin
Photo by Martha Laitin

This garden, owned by a professional gardener, is filled with examples of problem solving and creativity.  Tall, top-heavy plants are kept erect with stakes, Japanese beetle-loving plants are avoided, and a beautiful display of ligularia rockets, primroses and monkshood thrive in a damp garden.  Also see a striking display of dahlias in the vegetable garden, a shining shade garden, container plants lining the stone walkway, remarkable color and form in a front garden and a geometric design of pathways in a mixed vegetable and flower garden.  A gradual slope, but terrain is easy for walking.

Directions: Upper High Street towards City Point, on the right.

Friday, August 5
Trotochaud/McDowell Garden
103 Northport Road, Belmont

Photo by Martha Laitin
Photo by Martha Laitin

With a goal of creating a sustainable garden, this couple has established 17 fruit and vegetable beds in addition to several flower beds.  This Garden of Eden includes cranberries, strawberries, rhubarb, apple trees, edible mushrooms, cherries, raspberries, bread seed poppy, hazelnuts, peach and plum trees.  A romantic but sturdy grape arbor supports 5 varieties of grapes, including white and champagne.  There is also a fire pit, a pizza oven, a well-designed chicken coop and a reflecting pool with a small solar fountain.  Pottery studio on-site will be open.  Terrain is easy walking.

Directions: Take Rt. 52 from Belfast to Ryan Road on R. Drive 1.9 miles, on the left.

Friday, August 12
Our Heart-Centered Garden
23 John Robinson Way, Belfast

Photo by Martha Laitin
Photo by Martha Laitin

Open House AND Garden.  This garden on Penobscot Bay has a spiritual element, awakening all the senses.  The sloping contour of the land is interrupted by a stone retaining wall with steps to the lower mosaic flat stone path that meanders its way through shrubs, trees and flowers to an expansive lawn.  Sit on a garden bench and listen for the harbor bell toll, enjoy the view across the Bay to Blue Hill, smell the mingling aromas of evergreens, fragrant blooms and ocean air.  Seven years in the making and designed by Rafe Blood, the garden promotes tranquility.  A ramp provides access to the shore.  The first floor of the home will open the day of the tour.  Terrain is easy walking.

Directions:  John Robinson Way is located parallel to Belfast Breeze Inn.  From U.S. Rt.1 south, use the “jug handle” to cross the highway.  From town use the dirt old Rt. 1 to access it.  From Rt. 1 north turn L just after the Inn.  PARK in field at bottom of hill.


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