The Belfast Garden Club’s fifth annual Open Garden Days features 14 gardens from Belfast to Searsport, Jackson to Orland and in between. One garden per week will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays from May 28 through Sept. 10.

The garden tour offers a diverse range of gardens and grounds, from relatively new gardens to 30-year projects, gardens started from scratch or modified from old landscaping on historic sites. Among the varied list of open gardens this season are English-style formal gardens, organic experiments, butterfly gardens, a Zen garden, a farm, the Troy Howard Middle School garden project, and The Newforest Institute’s “edible forest.”

As the season progresses, witness the change in plants in bloom, from flowering trees and bushes to fragrant flowers, herbs, nuts and berries. In addition, visitors can expect to see succulents, an orchid collection, unusual bulb flowers, rare perennials and trees, and New England heritage plants over the course of the summer tour.

See how different gardeners design, plant and manage their gardens, and how what they plant makes each garden different. Garden features to be on the lookout for include historic architecture, birdhouses, birdbaths, rock walls, garden sculpture, ponds and fountains.

Participants in the garden tour can take advantage of the knowledge of the gardeners to answer questions and help solve their own garden challenges. The gardens of the 2010 tour feature raised vegetable beds, composting systems, cold frames, a garlic berm, a non-pesticide “eco-lawn,” “lasagna-style” planting method, dome trellises for squash and cucumbers, water collection systems, mulched beds and more.

Many of the gardeners will be on hand to answer questions, and several will offer special demonstrations, iced tea, or a place to lay your blanket for a picnic (bring your own). Details are available in the tour brochure, available in the decorative birdhouses in the Post Office Square garden in Belfast, and on the Belfast Garden Club Web site.

The first tour takes place Friday, May 28, at the Kessler Garden, 7 Navy St., Searsport. This garden features flowering trees and bushes: apple, crab, peach, quince, and lilac, a potting shed and pond, and a 100-year-old purple wisteria at a beautiful oceanview home.

Tickets can be purchased at each garden on the day of the tour for a donation of $4 for one garden or $15 for a five-visit ticket. Proceeds from the 2010 Garden Tour will benefit the club’s civic beautification projects. For more information call Diane Allmayer-Beck at 338-5748, Martha Laitin at 948-2815, or visit