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Open Garden Days begin July 10

Jun 24, 2020
Tom and Alicia Stevenson’s garden at 58 Church St., which will be open July 10 as the first of Belfast Garden Club's Open Gardens Days.

Belfast — The Belfast Garden Club’s much-anticipated Open Gardens season kicks off Friday, July 10, with Tom and Alicia Stevenson’s garden at 58 Church St. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The suggested donation is $5 (checks or exact change is appreciated), but donations are not required. Additional donations to support the Garden Club are also welcome.

To protect Open Garden visitors, volunteers, and homeowners during the current COVID situation, we will be asking everyone to wear face masks and to maintain appropriate physical distancing while touring the gardens. We will provide hand sanitizer and have masks available for those who cannot bring their own.

The Stevenson garden was a favorite when it was first open in 2016. Since then, it has matured into an even lovelier formal garden with a decidedly Maine feel. Designed by the late Terry Hire, who continued to mentor the Stevensons as they developed the garden, the partly tree-shaded and partly open garden includes a flowing fountain brought from the Stevensons’ home in Texas, as well as two other water features; a small Japanese garden; a large trellis built by Tom that is accented with roses, clematis, and lilacs; and several sculptures that add a touch of whimsy to the garden.

Full borders surround beds planted with many other perennial flowers and shrubs, as well as flower beds of annuals designed and planted by Tracey Outerbridge of Belfast. It’s difficult to believe that just seven years ago this enchanting, tranquil garden was a large paved parking lot!

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


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