A garden for outdoor living

Urick’s Garden Showcased in Open Garden Days
By Annadeene K. Fowler | Jul 30, 2012
Charming Urick Garden.

Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days will visit the Urick Garden, 44 Robbins Road, East Belfast on Friday, August 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the garden for $4 or $15 for a 5 garden ticket. Proceeds benefit Belfast Garden Club’s civic beautification projects.

Situated with a view of the Passagassawakeag River, the cheerful Urick home and garden has been designed and implemented collaboratively by husband and wife team Dennis and Chris Urick. As you enter the picket garden gate a lush-green waterfall in the form of a grand weeping willow cascades into a sea of shade loving plants. Tall oak, Paper Birch, and Korean Fir also dapple the sunlight and create an ideal partial shade environment along a gentle downhill slope for rhododendron, hosta, astilbe and the like. Continue the path around the corner, and the garden opens into a bright, spacious lot-and-a-half summer paradise.

The Uricks started from scratch, there were no plantings and few trees here when they moved to the property 10 years ago.

“The Korean Fir were here,” Chris remembers, “and a yard full of old furniture and trash.”

A great transformation has taken place; this full, quintessentially summer garden now has an arboreal feel replete with a vegetable garden, ornamental shrubs, a bank of lilies and lots of opportunities to sit and relax. “We wanted as much outdoor living space as possible,” Chris explains. Vibrant lawn chairs and tucked benches can be found throughout the garden near beds of annuals; larkspur, zinnia, and cosmos, and perennials such as; Shasta daisy, Bee balm and Black-eyed Susan. The perimeter of the property is defined by split rail fencing and garden gates adding a traditional and cozy feel to the garden. A robust magnolia in the center of the property was moved from their previous home, and clearly enjoys its new location.

Stone patios, built by Dennis, descend in several tiered levels from the deck of the colorful board and batten home, offering many vantage points from which to view the flowers, trees and water beyond. Climbing hydrangea, potted herbs and flowers bring the garden to upper levels of the space as well. A grape draped pergola, offers dining seating next to one of Dennis’ latest projects, a handbuilt wood-fired clay pizza oven. Also new this year is a garden-side lounge, which looks perfect for napping in, tucked below the deck in a previously weedy storage area. “There is always a project going on here,” Chris smiles.

On the far end of the extended garden raised beds of vegetables, fruit trees, high bush blueberries and raspberries round out the sizable edible portion of the garden. Small sculptures, birdbaths and birdhouses complete the creative landscape. The scent of sea air and chirp of birds make the Urick’s Garden a feast for the senses.

Directions: From downtown Belfast, take High Street North to Route 1 North; cross the Veterans (Passy River) Bridge; turn left on Route 141. Take first left, Robbins Road; #44 is on the left after Delmos Street. Park alongside the road.

Belfast Garden Club’s next Open Garden Day will be August 10 at the Ruberti Garden, 2 Edgecomb Road, Belfast. Garden art along with birdbaths complement beds of flowering shrubs and perennials in a garden designed for privacy and relaxation.

For seven consecutive years, Belfast Garden Club has presented Open Garden Days, a garden tour series, this year features 13 gardens in the Belfast area. From backyard experimental plantings and ornate Master Gardens, to plant nurseries and vegetable plots visitors can expect to see brilliant blooms, unique and rare plants, sculpture, exquisite views and even an outdoor pizza oven. One garden will be open to the public each Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through August 24 plus the first Fridays of September and October.

For more information about Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days call Diane Allmayer-Beck at 338-3105, email belfastgardenclub@gmail.com, or visit www.belfastgardenclub.org.

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