Tour cottage gardens, pottery studio July 12

Jun 30, 2019
Cottage garden at Mainely Potteryon Route 1 in East Belfast.

Belfast — The Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Day at Mainely Pottery on Friday, July 12, offers visitors a large, colorful cottage garden and perennial beds enlivened with annuals, as well as the chance to explore the shop and Jamie Oates’ spacious pottery studio.

The work of 30 Maine potters is represented in the shop — and, as expected, includes vases filled with cut flowers from the gardens. The garden, shop and studio are located at 181 Searsport Ave. (Route 1) in East Belfast and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, rain or shine.

A $5 donation helps the Belfast Garden Club maintain public gardens and contribute toward a Unity College scholarship.

The gardens are shop co-owner Jeannette Faunce’s not-so-secret passion. After studying horticulture and landscape design, Jeannette decided she wanted to garden simply for the love of it, not as a career.

She is a colorist who uses plants as her medium, growing different annuals every year to combine with the perennials and shrubs, creating a changing tableau.

Many shop customers also come for the gardens and sit awhile on the deck, taking in the beauty. For more information or for directions, visit belfastgardenclub.org.

See a series of Open Gardens at their best every Friday (except July 5) through Aug. 23. Individual $5 tickets or a $30 season pass, which provides nine admissions to a garden, 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.

 

 

 

Peonies and Siberian iris at Mainely Pottery, on tour July 12.
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