From a frog pond with a walking bridge to huge hypertufa mushrooms standing guard over perennials, this summer’s Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Days have something for everyone.

This year also kicks off a new addition – three gardens feature open houses and an open studio. Open Garden Days run Fridays from June 19 to Aug.  21.

Included in the open houses is the Hill property in Belfast. Stroll through the terraced shade garden and patio surrounded by ornamental trees, then step inside the multi-level home for expansive views of Belfast Harbor.

Also on the tour are the Cartwright and Gould gardens in Lincolnville. This two-for-one Open Garden Day sites feature Cartwright’s holistic fruit and vegetable gardens and apple orchard on one side of Townhouse Road while on the other side is Gould’s Katahdin sheep farm, rich with flowerbeds that show off her skill as a Master Gardener.

Don’t miss the McLeod Garden in Belfast, with its lush English country garden and Obadiah Buell granite and beach stone sculptures. At the Kriel Garden in Belfast, see gardens that were designed for the view from the house. Visitors are invited inside to look out the windows to see what the Kriels see every day.

Visit the Gaines garden in Belfast where there’s an open garden, open house and open studio. All three buildings share a stonework theme, from the home with its mammoth stone fireplace to the post-and-beam stone house now used as a studio.

The first garden on the tour is the Spencer-Smith Garden in Belfast, bursting with bird habitat and color, a mowed path for visitors, vegetable beds rimmed with violets, and much more.

Next is Skyscraper Hill Farm in Brooks, with gardens covering two acres including a medicinal garden and ancestor garden, as well as 8,000 organic Christmas trees and an outhouse with a stained glass window.

There’s also the Demeter Garden in Morrill that begins at the long drive planted with daylilies and hostas and accented by sculptures made from metal odds and ends.

Each garden has been chosen for its unique qualities. Gardeners will get new ideas and inspiration. Those who simply wish to stroll in beautiful spots to take advantage of Maine’s short summer will enjoy the sights and scents.

The gardens will be open rain or shine. A $5 donation is requested at each. For a savings of $10 for all eight Open Garden Days, buy a strip of eight tickets for $30 at Left Bank Books in Belfast. Tickets are also available at each garden.

Donations help Belfast Garden Club maintain 12 public gardens in Belfast. For more information, visit or call Martha Laitin at 948-2815.

Gardens open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays June through August, rain or shine. No dogs. No bathrooms. Photos may not be used for sale or reproduction without permission of garden owner. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 19, Spencer-Smith Garden, 76 Hunt Road, Belfast. Directions: Lincolnville Avenue to Route 52. Sharp right off Route 52 onto Back Belmont Road. Hunt Road is on the left. Garden is on the left.

Friday, June 26, Skyscraper Hill Farm, 131 Skyscraper Hill, Brooks.Directions: Route 7 north to blinking light at Route 131. Left on Route 131. Then right on Route 203 to the left turn on Skyscraper Hill Road. Garden is half mile in, at top of hill.

Friday, July 10, Demeter Garden, 124 Weymouth Road, Morrill. Directions: From upper Waldo Avenue, turn left on Marsh Road. Continue to Morrill Village. In town center, turn left on Weymouth Road. Garden is on the left.

Friday, July 17, no garden.

Friday, July 24, McLeod Garden, 76 Patterson Hill Road, Belfast. Directions: North on Route 1 across Belfast bridge. Left on Route 141, then immediate left on Patterson Hill Road. Bear right at the fork. Garden is on the left.

Friday, July 31, Kriel Garden, 122 City Point Road, Belfast. Directions: North on High Street. Continue as it becomes Upper High Street, then City Point Road. House and garden on the left.

Friday, Aug. 7, Cartwright & Gould Gardens, 34 & 57 Townhouse Road, Lincolnville. Directions: Take Lincolnville Avenue out of town and cross Route 1. Continue on Route 52 past Slab City Road to Townhouse Road. Cartwright garden on left; Gould garden on right.

Friday, Aug. 14, Gaines Garden, 28 Race St., Belfast. Directions: South on Northport Avenue. Left at Blood’s Garage on Race Street. House and garden on left.

Friday, Aug. 21,Hill Garden, 11 Footbridge Road, Belfast, Directions: Cross Route 1 bridge. Turn right on Footbridge Road. House and garden on right.