Tickets can be purchased at each garden on the day of the tour for $4 or $15 for a 5-garden ticket. Proceeds from the 2013 Open Garden Days will benefit the Club’s civic beautification projects.
June 7 - Bahner Farms 153 Augusta Road (Rte. 3), Belmont
In 3½ years Christa and Michael Bahner have transformed their 37 acre property from overgrown fields into a thriving farm business. Beautiful view! Five acres full of salad mix, fresh herbs, head lettuce, radishes, summer turnips, kale, chard, many other members of the brassica family, as well as a ½ acre of raspberries and strawberries; hoophouses full of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Seedlings are grown in a partially heated greenhouse. Farmstand with fresh vegetables as well as local cheese, sweets and other treats for sale.
Some areas are handicap accessible.
Directions:Rte. 3 West, go about 5.4 miles. On the right hand side immediately before the Belmont Boatworks.
June 14 - Wood Garden 580 Castine Road, Orland
Unusual bulb flowers, garden shed filled with antique garden items, flowers and shrubs bordering solar-heated pool and screened picnic room, garden sculpture, roses, lupines. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden.
Directions:Rte. 1 North through Bucksport towards Ellsworth. Turn right on Rte. 175 (aka Castine Road), travel 2.6 miles, property on left.
June 21 - Anthony / Greeley Garden 291 Hatch Road, Jackson
Sweeping panoramic views surround island beds of rare perennials and trees. Extensive shade gardens, rock gardens, rambling paths through fascinating woodland plants and a small formal garden. Janice will provide iced tea and a table of plants for sale. Bring a picnic and a blanket.
Directions:North on Rte. 7 through Brooks. In 4 miles you will pass a church at Jackson intersection. Continue 1 more mile on Rte. 7, turn left on Hatch Road. Drive 1.4 miles to small, white garage on right, bear right on lane just to the left of garage up to the top of the hill.
By the pond area of Little River, bordered by the woods adjacent to the shore, wild cattails, ferns and fields and more recently garden spaces in and around the 1800’s cape farmhouse. Martha welcomes you to encounter the vision in its early stages. From holding beds during the reconstruction, the mixture of young and old trees, shrubs, perennials, roses, herbs and berries are finding their more permanent locations. Dogwoods, crabapples, magnolias, species rhododendrons, lilacs, and azaleas have begun the formation of structural spaces. Stone walls and paths lead you through old fashion peonies, roses and McEwen iris. A vision is becoming reality. Come and savor the process. Bring a bag lunch to eat by the river, and enjoy a pleasant walk through the fields.
Directions: Heading South, follow Church Street out to Northport Avenue (Rte. 1), cross Little River bridge, house immediately on the right.
July 5 - Kruger Garden 8 Durham Street, Belfast
In-town garden is designed to have interest thru all 4 seasons. Evergreens, 2 garden sheds, fences, stone walls/paths, structures and ornaments provide focal points and winter interest. A large front yard garden of vegetables/fruit (strawberries and high bush blueberries) along with 3 cold frames, enables Robin to harvest veggies thru most of the year. Spring bulbs, perennials, window boxes, climbing vines and ground covers, plus an addiction to collecting plants keep her busy during the growing season.
Directions:Heading South, follow Church Street out to Northport Avenue, turn right on Durham St. (opposite Blood’s Garage), #8 is on the left.
From a sea of lawn in 1999, Joe and Dominic’s in-town farmhouse has over the years, been replaced with extensive flowerbeds surrounding the house, along the north property line and the sidewalk. Perennials, annuals, shrubs – as DIY projects they are in constant flux. The gardens boast a nice selection of day lilies, garden phlox, coreopsis, and a few roses and perennial geraniums, and a colorful assortment of dahlias in various shapes and sizes.
Directions:From Main Steet in Belfast turn onto Waldo Ave (Rt 7/137) opposite Camden National Bank. Heading North watch for John Street on your right. The driveway will be just past John Street on your left.
July 26 - Rose Garden 2 Trout Brook Lane, Searsport
Artful rock display at the entrance on challenging steep embankment and “dragon tail” of stones along 100’ driveway. Japanese Zen garden with raked sand, unique bushes, trees and evergreens and traditional perennial garden in the California style. Slate patio with center fire pit. From patio are large stone steps leading to a promenade with annuals and perennials overlooking Trout Brook below.
Directions:North on Rte. 1 from Belfast to Searsport. Turn left on Spruce Knoll just past Searsport Automotive. Turn right on Trout Brook Lane. First house on the left.
August 2 - Kivel Garden 44 McTaggert Street, Brooks
Mary and Rich’s vibrant perennial garden in the English border style cuts a colorful slash across a slope of ledge. See lilies, rudbeckia, lady’s mantle, achillea, Echinacea and Shasta daisies. A rock garden path offers a study in texture and leads to an area of raised vegetable beds and dwarf fruit trees. Pixilated garden shed. A rose garden is punctuated with irises, clematis and a variety of blue perennials and is flanked by a collection of bluebird and swallow houses. Daylilies should be in full bloom. The fishpond invites a stroll around its perimeter planted with native trees and shrubs or a rest in the shade near more hardy rose bushes and clematis.
Directions: From Belfast, Rte 1 to Rte 7 North approximately 11 miles to just before the center of Brooks. Right before the RR tracks, left onto Reynolds Road, then take an immediate right onto McTaggert St.
August 9 - Seacroft Garden 87 Bayside Road, Northport
Developing gardens after a “Permablitz” in 2011 when 15 volunteers gathered for one day to convert lawn into edible gardens at this home and garden collective. The land took on a productive character. Elements now include raised bed gardens for berries, squash, potatoes, peas, leeks and tomatoes. A plum tree cluster and a slug-fee strawberry patch. Other innovations include a solar food dryer and a movable chicken manure composter (using live chickens). Also perennials and a butterfly garden. A “how-to” handout will be available. Working from a plan, multi-gardeners have built raised beds for growing most of their vegetables, flower beds for perennials and annuals, pruned established shrubs, thinned trees from around the house, a former church, and added raspberries, blackberries and blueberries as well as a grove of plum trees. See how sustainable gardening is done right.
Directions:Heading South, follow Church Street out to Northport Ave. (Rt 1). Left on Bayside Road at Dos Amigos Restaurant, house is on the right across from the Drinkwater School.
August 16 - John J. Coughlin Memorial Garden 526 Bluff Road, Northport
The Coughlin Garden was started in the late 70’s as a simple vine clearing project. Now small gardens sprout almost on their own, as if directed by nature. A wooden bridge was added on the side of the pond where it tends to stay marshy much of the summer. A local craftsman made the arbor at the front entrance and it is surrounded by rhododendrons. In 2000 the garden was officially designated The John K Coughlin Memorial Park in memory of the Coughlin’s late son. An angel statue now overlooks the pond in his memory. A fountain in the pond shoots water as high as 25’ in the air. The plants are mostly natives and include wild roses, ferns and various seasonal flowers. Joanne has added driftwood, sculptured by the sea it shares space with artists’ sculptures and whimsical
Limited handicap accessibility.
Directions: Rte. 1 South to Northport. Left on Bayside Road at Dos Amigos Mexican Restaurant, follow road South about 1 mile to the first “Y”, right after the end of the golf course. Turn right on Bluff Road and go past the golf club main entrance and water works. There is a red garage with 497 on the front. Please park on the side of the road.
August 23 - Allmayer-Beck Garden 45 Lincolnville Avenue, Belfast
Diane's quirky garden designed to attract wildlife and birds living in the adjacent undeveloped boggy woods and field. Features bird houses and birdbaths, heart shaped rose garden, raised vegetable beds, herbs, perennials, hosta, succulents, a fairy garden, small pond, secret patio garden with a fountain, a variety of old and new rock walls, butterfly garden and a new woodland garden. Look for all the “faces” waiting to be discovered nestled amongst the plantings. Bring a picnic and sit at one of the tables or on one of the benches and relax listening to the birds. Iced tea and lemonade provided.
Directions:Go up Main Street hill and turn left on Lincolnville Avenue. House is on the right.
September 6 - Troy Howard Middle School 173 Lincolnville Avenue, Belfast
Let teacher, Jon Thurston and his Middle School students show you over 100 varieties of vegetables and beautiful flowers in over 1 acre of gardens designed and grown by students for wholesale and retail; greenhouses, outdoor pizza oven, dome trellises for squash and cucumbers, farm stand and student led tours 10-3:30.
Directions:Go up Main Street hill and turn left on Lincolnville Avenue, which becomes Rte. 52 as you cross Rte. 1. School is on right. Park behind school near greenhouse.