For the second week in a row the Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days features the uniquely different gardens of Belfast neighbors. Friday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors may enjoy the gardens of Jean Durham and Kathy Cole, at 30 and 31 Condon St., respectively

The Durham garden (31) features mature, well-established beds, which define the perimeter of the yard with patches of colorful perennials and shrubs dotted with cheerful birdhouses and feeders. The project, which Jean Durham began 18 years ago, soon after moving to the Condon Street property, features bushes such as lilac, rhododendron and forsythia, as well as shade and sun-loving perennials, a strawberry and raspberry patch, fruit trees and a lovely cut-flower bed spiked with gladiolus.

Across Condon Street at the Cole garden (30), visit a young garden project. Kathy Cole started her gardens from scratch two years ago after removing the overgrown bushes that had dominated the landscape on the lot, untouched for years. In their place she has created sunny perennial gardens and added flowering bushes.

A new slate tile walkway leads visitors from the street or driveway through beds of glorious day lilies in summer shades of peach, mauve, cream, lemon yellow, lavender and orange. Cheerful and inviting hollyhocks beckon from the corner of the house. A sturdy rock wall now traces the length and width of the property and creates a second-tier bed for perennials such as Hosta and lilac bushes.

Directions to the Durham and Cole gardens: From Post Office Square in Belfast turn on Church Street to Northport Avenue. Turn right on Northport Avenue, and shortly afterwards turn left on Condon Street. Tickets will be available at the Durham garden (31); gardens are open on opposite sides of the street. Once you get close follow 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 next Open Garden takes place Friday, July 30, at Jim Rose’s Garden, 2 Trout Brook Lane, Searsport. The garden features an artful rock display at entrance on challenging steep embankment, a “dragon tail” of stones along 100′ driveway, a Japanese Zen Garden with raked sand, unique bushes, trees and evergreens and a traditional perennial garden in the California style.

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