A stunning ocean view plays backdrop to a lovely selection of summer flowers, shrubs and trees as Belfast Garden Club features the bluff-top garden of Lisa Webster, on Friday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 746 Shore Road in Bayside.

This summer garden project was begun 10 years ago when the Websters chose Bayside as their vacation residence. “The previous owner had a large central bed of hostas, which was all that was here when we started,” Lisa said.

The family has a short window in which to garden, and plants have been chosen to bloom during high summer. The once hosta-centric central bed now blooms with an array of color and has become a favorite Bayside painting subject by local artists. It features lilies, purple climbing clematis, and Coreopsis around a towering artistic birdhouse,

New beds have been added across the front of the property, adorning the panoramic view of the Searsport shore, the mouth of the Passagaswakeag River, and Penobscot Bay. This location, atop a large cliff, is prone to weather extremes, so creative landscaping and hearty perennials were chosen to withstand salt mist and wind.

“I started the bluff garden to keep the kids from running over the edge,” Lisa said. “Now they are old enough not to need that, but it is beautiful to look at.” Lilies, French lace weigela, purple spiraea, liatris and echinacea create a colorful border, which also tames the wild native plants growing up the bank of the bluff.

At the street under several very tall and ancient oak trees lies one of the newest additions to the garden. About four years ago a berm, slightly above street level, was created and filled with cedar, Japanese maple, heather and evergreens — a creative and friendly way to add more privacy to the Webster’s yard.

Visitors will enjoy a wonderful small pond and bubbling waterfall built by Lisa’s 14-year-old son, complete with fish, frogs and lily pads. Other garden features include creeping plants along the house, a vintage birdbath, window boxes and wicker baskets on mailbox posts. Step down to the deck just above the ocean to see which native erosion control plants you can identify, and enjoy the view!

Directions to Webster Garden, 746 Shore Road, Bayside:

From Belfast, Route 1 south, turn left on Bayside Road at Dos Amigos Restaurant. The garden is 1.4 miles on your left (Bayside Road becomes George Street and then Shore Road). Once you are close, follow the yellow “Open Garden” signs. Handicap accessible.

Tickets for Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days can be purchased at each garden, on the day of the tour for a donation of $4. Proceeds from the 2011 Garden Tour will benefit the Club’s civic beautification projects.

The sixth annual Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Days, features 13 gardens in the Belfast area (Belfast, Belmont, Searsport, Searsmont, Bayside and Northport). One garden per week will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 26, rain or shine.

BGC Open Garden Days next garden will be Friday, Aug. 12 at the Trotochaud/McDowell Garden, 103 Northport Road, Belmont. A garden mosaic in the back yard is created by carving garden beds out of the lawn in a pattern to accommodate perennials and vegetables by this couple who are both gardeners.

Forsythia, cherry and flame bushes define the entrance and a solar electric fence protects the vegetables from the deer in the neighborhood. Gardens feature a grape arbor for seating and stone-lined swales for drainage. Lilies, iris, primroses, Jerusalem artichokes and orderly vegetable plants are present.

For more information about Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days call Diane Allmayer-Beck at 338-3105 or Martha Laitin at 948-2915 or email a question to belfastgardenclub@gmail.com, or visit belfastgardenclub.org.