Hidden backyard garden on display July 19

Jul 09, 2019
A section of Kathy and Law Fotterall's backyard hillside garden in Belfast, on tour July 19.

Belfast —  

Slow your pace a bit this summer and visit the July 19 Open Garden Day at 71 Bayview St. in Belfast. Walk along the paths of a hidden hillside garden or view it all from the patio below. There are also several other garden beds and extensive stone work to see.

The garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. A $5 donation helps the Belfast Garden Club fund public gardens and contribute toward a Unity College scholarship.

Kathy and Law Fotterall are florists who ran an organic garden business before retirement. They enjoy experimenting with different combinations of plants, shrubs, and trees, and they even bring plants from their Florida winter garden to add unusual touches to their Maine gardens.

Among the delights along the paths in the sloped backyard garden are a stunning Stewartia tree, River birch, Pagoda dogwood, various evergreens, delphiniums, Lace-Cap hydrangeas, lilies, and roses.

Law acquires the stones for the walls and stairs that accent the gardens from various sources, including the recent reconstruction of Belfast’s Front Street and his neighbors’ excavations.

Since their garden was last open in 2016, Law and Kathy have created a stone wall-lined shade garden, an expanded border garden that features Red Twig dogwood and perennials, an enhanced rose and herb garden in the front yard, and an entry garden.

See a series of Open Gardens at their best every Friday through Aug. 23. Individual $5 tickets or a $30 season pass, which provides nine admissions to gardens, are available onsite or in advance at Aubuchon Hardware, Left Bank Books, or The Good Table in Belfast.

The Belfast Garden Club has promoted public gardens and stimulated the knowledge and love of gardening for 90 years. To suggest a garden or farm in Waldo County to include in next year’s Open Garden Days, email Susan Conard, sgconard@aol.com.


A front-yard garden bed, edged and accented with Law Fotterall's stonework, at his home on Bayview Street in Belfast.
Another view of the Fotteralls' sloping backyard, on display July 19 in Belfast Garden Club's Open Garden Day tour.
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