Diane Allmayer-Beck, president of the Belfast Garden Club, will open her garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday June 4, for the second tour of The Belfast Garden Club’s 2010 Open Garden Days.

The garden, at 45A Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast, is cheerful and creative and designed to attract birds, butterflies, frogs and animals that live in the woodsy and boggy areas nearby. Some of the features include a lovely display of lupine, a variety of woodsy nooks and reflection areas, an herb garden, raised vegetable beds, a succulent garden, a rose garden and a pond. Sculptures, found objects, birdbaths and birdhouses add a creative, cheerful element.

Allmayer-Beck started her garden four years ago, after moving off the boat she and her husband had lived aboard for 14 years. “We sailed all around looking for a nice place to stop and stay,” she recalled, “Belfast was it. We never found a nicer place.”

As a sailor she became very connected to the natural world, and now, instead of porpoises and whales, she shares her backyard with land-loving animals. A tranquil pond at the tree line boundary of the property, bordered by iris and buttercups, is full of water lilies and welcomes frogs. The shady areas leading down to the pond are filled with woodland plants such as hosta and forget-me-not and studded with birdbaths and bird houses, meant to be pleasing to the eye of the human, and welcoming to wildlife.

“We see and live peacefully with raccoons, skunks, birds, squirrels and chipmunks. One year we had a whole family of foxes, ” Diane laughed, “I could be working on my garden up by the house, and the fox pups would be frolicking around the pond at the same time.”

This garden was part of the Garden Club’s tour two years ago. Each year has brought new elements. One of the first was a rose garden in tribute to her parents. Rose is her father’s favorite flower and the garden was serendipitously built in the shape of a heart. This year Diane thinks that the Rosa rugosa, and Henry Hudson rose will be blooming there for the tour.

Last year Allmayer-Beck installed a new succulent garden, which includes a great display of sedums: Dragon’s Blood, mediovariegatum (varigated sedum), acre Minus, hispanicum and Autumn Joy. Recently, a sturdy six-foot-tall wooden tuteur (pyramid trellis) was added for climbing plants such as clematis.

“This is the year of the path.” Allmayer-Beck said. She is working on connecting the many garden sections with inlaid stone walkways. “I have a friend who dislikes flat rocks about as much as I love them, and she brings them over to me,” she said.

Also new is a butterfly garden created in the shape of a butterfly. It is home to many flowers that butterflies love: dusty miller, marigolds, loosestrife (noninvasive), monkshood, poppies, bee balm, orange butterfly weed, lupine and snapdragons. Because butterflies reportedly like to drink compost “tea” Allmayer-Beck has placed a container of it in their garden as well.

What will be in bloom for the tour depends on how much heat we have between now and then, but Allmayer-Beck thinks that lupine, waterlilies, some early summer roses, iris, buttercup, Diamond Frost, catmint, Knautia macedonica (pincushion plant), poppies, lemon lily, and her red twig dogwood, among others, should be flowering. The herb garden, raised vegetable beds, evergreens and succulent garden are a treat to visit as well.

Directions to the Allmayer-Beck Garden: From Post Office Square, Belfast, go up Main Street hill to a left on Lincolnville Ave. The house is on the right. Once you get close, follow the yellow Open Garden arrows.

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 Open Garden Days will benefit the Belfast Garden Club’s civic beautification projects.

The 5th annual Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Days feature 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 until Sept. 10.

The next garden in the series takes place Friday, June 11, at the Wood garden, 580 Castine Road, Orland. Visitors will see roses, lupines, flowers and shrubs bordering a solar-heated swimming pool, a screened outdoor picnic room, and a garden shed filled with antique garden items. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the garden.

For more information call: Diane Allmayer-Beck at 338-3105, Martha Laitin at 948-2815, or visit belfastgardenclub.org.