Swan Lake garden tour Aug. 4

Jul 27, 2012

Visitors arriving by boat to Lee and Helen Robinson’s pier on Swan Lake are greeted with a yard populated with numerous gardens that frames their charming three-story yellow lake house. Stone walkways with moss-filled cracks meander past gardens of perennials and annuals — a colorful array of red geraniums, pink phlox, white cone flowers, orange lilies, lady’s mantle, pearly everlasting and coreopsis that decorate the outside of their house.

Should guests choose to arrive by car instead of boat, they are welcomed by the Robinsons’ unique vegetable gardens — large white window box structures provide raised beds of tri-colored Swiss chard and string beans, the perfect-sized garden for two people.

A hideaway garden under a deck porch is filled with a variety of mature hostas. In one corner of the yard, a converted wooden pallet houses an impressive collection of annuals including dusty miller, verbena, sweet potato vine and oregano tucked in rows — a clever way of displaying plants.

This summer garden created by the Robinsons will be featured on the Swan Lake garden tour Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Five other gardens on the lake will also be open to the public. For those who would like to combine a boat ride with garden viewing, pontoon boats are available to transport people from the boat launch area on the west side of Swan Lake to the gardens.

Tickets are $15 before the event or $20 on Aug. 4; they may be obtained at Swan Lake Grocery in Swanville, Tozier’s Market in Searsport, the Belfast Chamber of Commerce and from committee members listed on the website at swanlakemaine.org. During the event, they will be available at the boat launch.

Driving directions to the gardens are on the website and on the back of the tickets.

Proceeds from the garden tour will benefit the Certified Boat Inspection project designed to keep invasive plants out of Swan Lake.

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