For the first time, the interior of a house will be part of Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days series.

Theo and Liza Kriel invite you to visit 122 City Point Road in Belfast from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 31.

The couple moved to Maine from Sonoma County in California in 2002 after touring the country in their Airstream trailer.

“We were looking for a place that spoke to us,” Liza said.

She laughed when she added, “We came for a visit in August. There were blue skies, no bugs and lobster.”

They renovated and lived in two local houses before designing and building their current home in 2011, doing about 80 percent of the work themselves. It’s next door to one of their renovations — a large Colonial they restored and moved back from its original foundation. They kept 1.5 acres for their new nest, which features easy one-story living.

The property is circled by casual split-rail fencing, where the couple planted grape vines to attract birds and other creatures. The soft green house is contained by a white picket fence and arbor.

Gardens that can be seen from every window surround the house. Flowering vines climb the arbors that Theo built — two hover over large, metal farm troughs serving as planters. The beds abound with Sweet William, daylilies, cosmos, veronica, lavender and myriad others — with one section dedicated for a potager containing greens, herbs and vegetables. Huge stones serve as stoops and an antique stone well cover has been turned into a bench.

Inside, Theo’s paintings grace the walls. The living area’s deep-teal walls are accented by crisp white curtains and slipcovers. The kitchen and bathrooms feature cherry cupboards, glass tile and granite.

Outside, tomatoes are growing in the small greenhouse.

“It’s an experiment,” said Liza. “We’ll see how they do.”

Along one of its walls, three types of beans — and morning glories for a splash of color —grow up cut branches Liza rescued from the side of the road.

The public is welcome to pack a picnic and dine by one of the two ponds on the property. (Look for Theo’s handcrafted copper frog fountain in the smaller pond at the back of the house.) To get there, go north on High Street and continue as it becomes Upper High Street, then City Point Road. The house and garden are on the left. Park on the road.

A 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. For more information, visit or call Martha Laitin at 323-2368.