The Belfast Garden Club invites the public to visit the garden of Jim Rose, 2 Trout Brook Lane, Searsport, on Friday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the club’s Open Garden Days.

As visitors arrive they will admire the rock, tree and shrub display on a steep, challenging slope at the entrance to a “dragon tail” of stones running beside a stately 100-foot driveway. In the background beyond the sweeping placed stones are planted trees, shrubs and native plants.

At the house, a northern Maine fieldstone walkway leads the way to an impressive 4,000-pound Maine granite front stoop at the welcoming bright red front door to the Rose residence. On either side of the door is an orderly Japanese Zen garden, complete with raked gravel, Asian plantings and sculptures. This type of dry landscaping is a living work of art, meant to be kept still, almost like a painting. The imprints left in the raked sand symbolize the sea and the stones and plants represent land in an abstract pattern.

The rear garden features a large fieldstone patio, centered with a fire pit. Railroad ties create a boat-shaped raised bed, which early in the year hosts daffodils and springtime bulbs, and in mid-summer blooms with richly colored Asian lilies and annuals.

Along the back border, the colors of the green poplar and spruce trees contrast with the unusual yellow/green-leafed variegated maple trees and the purple leaves of Siberian birch. In the understory of these trees lie beds of perennials including a bright red rose bush, scarlet meldelin, snow-white blooms of Ash Leaf Spirea, and bright day lilies.

On either side of the property water completes the calming effect. Below the raised promenade lies the bubbling trout brook. A future project will be to create a gazebo or sitting structure over the brook in which to relax. The opposite edge of the garden is bordered with a small stream trickling along mossy boulders, native ferns and Japanese Nishiki Willow under the cool shade of native trees.

Directions to 2 Trout Brook Lane, Searsport: North on Route 1 from Belfast. Shortly after crossing the town line and entering Searsport on Route 1, turn left on Spruce Knoll Lane, a newly developed subdivision just past Searsport Automotive. Turn right on Trout Brook Lane. The Jim Rose garden is the first house on the left. Once you get close follow the yellow Open Garden arrows. Except for those with difficulty walking, it is best to park on Trout Brook Lane and walk in along the driveway.

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 4 p.m. Fridays, through Sept.10.

The next Open Garden will take place Friday, Aug. 6, at the Buron garden, 101 Congress St., Belfast. Inventive gardening has been done on a narrow, half-acre in-town lot featuring a woodland path, New England heritage plants and informal shade gardens tucked behind an historic 1878 home.

For more information call: Diane Allmayer-Beck at 338-3105 or Martha Laitin at 948-2815, or visit for the full schedule.