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Belfast Open Garden Day visits Highfields Farm Aug. 7

Jul 21, 2020
Courtesy of: Roger and Carol Hewitt Highfields Farm in Hope features a stone fence and a profusion of flowers.

Belfast — The Belfast Garden Club will present Open Garden Day at 74 Highfield Road in Hope, just off Route 235, Friday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $5 (checks or exact change appreciated); additional donations to support the Garden Club are also welcome. To protect Open Garden visitors, volunteers and homeowners during the current COVID-19 situation, everyone is asked to wear a face mask and to maintain appropriate physical distancing. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available for those who cannot bring their own.

Roger and Carol Hewitt have lived and gardened at Highfields Farm for 37 years. Their home is a restored 1850 Greek Revival cape, nestled among mature trees and perennial gardens bordered by old stone walls and meandering stone walkways. A procession of color begins in the gardens in early spring with an abundance of bulbs, and continues through summer with dahlias, peonies, iris, day lilies, coneflowers, bee balm, clematis, foxgloves, delphiniums, and more. Dahlias have always been one of the Hewitts’ favorite plants in the perennial border, and in recent years they have added a large area of raised beds for dahlias. The Hewitts’ dahlia collection now includes approximately 75 varieties, with around 250 plants in all.

An expert at growing and propagating dahlias, Roger Hewitt is generous with his knowledge and can explain to interested visitors the entire process of growing dahlias, from starting plants in the spring to storing the tubers over the winter. The Hewitts also will be offering dahlia bouquets for sale.

The Belfast Garden Club has promoted public gardens and stimulated the knowledge and love of gardening for more than 90 years. Proceeds from fundraising support local public gardens and several scholarship funds. FMI, visit BelfastGardenClub.org.

Roger and Carol Hewitt have lived and gardened at Highfields Farm for 37 years. (Courtesy of: Roger and Carol Hewitt)
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