Kate McLeod and her full crew tend 27 gardens, so what does she like to do in her free time? Work in her own gardens, “obsessively,” said McLeod, whose property is fourth on Belfast Garden Club’s 2015 Open Garden Days tour.

Her gem of a lot at 76 Patterson Hill Road in Belfast is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 24.

The hilly fenced-in acre features a cool and welcoming pea-gravel entry encircled by shade trees and hostas, and decorated with urns brimming with begonias. Down the concrete steps she poured, a side garden with a stone retaining wall contains boxwood, ferns and a multitude of hydrangeas, including her new favorite, Bloomstruck, “because it performs so well,” McLeod said.

The small deck and pergola in the backyard overlook a hillside bed where McLeod is cultivating an overgrown country garden — the type of bed that seems unplanned and verdant, yet also varied and tended. That dichotomy characterizes Canadian-born McLeod herself, who wears pearls with her work clothes.

On the other side of the house, a vegetable garden is fueled by alpaca manure she gets at a friend’s farm. When McLeod expands her beds, she puts down a layer of cardboard and leaves, then dumps manure and soil on top. The cardboard rots, “and the plants love it,” she said.

This lot wasn’t always so lovely. It cost $2,000 to haul off the huge mound of trash former occupants had accumulated. She also had to pick up broken glass from around a stump that had been used for target practice.

Now she continues to expand her beds, which feature David Austin roses, peonies, foxglove, Dutchman’s pipe and lots more. In addition to being a professional gardener, McLeod is also an artist. Some of her painted plaster birds greet visitors.

To get to the garden, head north on Route 1 across the Belfast bridge. Turn left on Route 141. Take an immediate left onto Robbins Road, then bear right at the fork onto Patterson Hill Road. The garden is on the left.

A tour donation of $5 helps Belfast Garden Club maintain 12 public gardens in Belfast and award two scholarships each year. Strips of eight tickets for $30 are on sale at any of the Open Gardens and at Left Bank Books in Belfast. FMI: BelfastGardenClub.org or Martha Laitin at 323-2368.