Open Garden Days

See two neighboring gardens Aug. 16

Aug 11, 2019
Glimpses of Jane Earley’s backyard gardens and pottery studio at 115 Cedar St. in Belfast.

Belfast — There will be two gardens to visit on Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Day Friday, Aug. 16.

They are located at 115 and 129 Cedar St., and 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 towards Unity College scholarships.

Enjoy a cool, shady stroll in a small, in-town garden at 115 Cedar St. Owner Jane Earley became a master gardener while living in Virginia, and she calls her garden here a “work in progress” as she redesigns beds to adapt to different and changing growing conditions.

Besides shade gardens and colorful flower beds, Earley’s tranquil yard encompasses a huge wolf pine and other mature trees, raised vegetable beds, an inviting pottery studio, and a bubbling fountain.

Betsy Reid delights in how much visual joy and pleasure her small, mixed-use garden at 129 Cedar St. offers, as she observes seasonal changes in the plants and harvests vegetables and cut flowers. Reid aims for a more naturalized look and a good mix of native and non-native plants that thrive without fuss.

Charming details include a quirky garden shed, a thriving grapevine growing on the garage, a secret porch, and a wooden gate to the backyard made by Reid’s husband Bill, who taught at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University and makes artistic rustic furniture.

Tickets are available onsite or in advance at Aubuchon Hardware, Left Bank Books, or The Good Table in Belfast. Proceeds from fundraising support the Belfast Garden Club's work in the community.

The Club plants and maintains 10 public gardens and provides annual support to an innovative gardening program at Troy Howard Middle School, scholarships to Unity College, and subsidies for children's summer camp experiences at Tanglewood 4-H camp in Lincolnville.





Garden in front of Betsy Reid’s house at 129 Cedar St. in Belfast.
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