On display by the bay: perennials, wildflowers and bees

Jul 02, 2018
Courtesy of: Steve Bowler Perennial beds outside Ocean House are part of the garden attractions on display at Penobscot Shores in Belfast July 13 as part of Belfast Garden Club’s 2018 Open Garden Days.

Belfast — A variety of gardens — from formal perennial beds to woodland assemblages — can be seen Friday, July 13, at Penobscot Shores, a community of waterfront cottages and apartments on Penobscot Bay.

“We have something blooming all the time here,” said Marketing and Sales Director Steve Bowler, “and we’re pleased to have our grounds part of this year’s Belfast Garden Club’s annual Open Garden Days.”

Visitors can start their tour at the Ocean House where refreshments will be served. Maps and signage will help guide them to see several private gardens by residents’ cottages, perennial beds, raised beds for vegetables and herbs, wildflower meadows and two bee hives — built and painted in part by community residents.

Bowler credits a program led by bee expert Amy Campbell with the community’s strong interest in supporting pollinators. “She really inspired us,” he said, prompting Penobscot Shores to install mason bee hives and recently honeybee hives.

Residents pushed the community to stop chemical use on the lawns and gardens and to mow less frequently. Three years ago, they worked with volunteers from Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition to plant 400 wildflower plugs.

Visitors can tour Penobscot Shores Friday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. A $5 donation per visitor helps the Belfast Garden Club (belfastgardenclub.org) provide Waldo County students with scholarships for agricultural or horticultural education.

Penobscot Shores is on Shoreland Drive, off Route 1, just south of the bypass (across from the Irving gas station).


Penobscot Shores strives to make its gardens pollinator-friendly with no chemicals applied and new hives for honeybees.
Some of the herbs and vegetables growing in raised beds are used in residents' meals at Penobscot Shores.
Penobscot Bay is the backdrop to some residents’ cottage gardens.
Gardens at Penobscot Shores in Belfast include wildflower meadows and lupines as well as more formal perennial beds. (Courtesy of: Steve Bowler)
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