Open Gardens Day

Woodland gardens by the bay

Jul 30, 2018
Bay vistas and interesting stonework complement woodland plantings in the Stanford garden, open Friday, Aug. 3, at 1496 Atlantic Ave., Northport, part of Belfast Garden Club’s 2018 Open Garden Days.

Northport — Passing over the Little River in Northport, along Route 1, drivers catch a fleeting glimpse of tidal mudflats or sparkling waters — and sometimes an osprey or heron. That scene is the backdrop of a woodland garden on display Friday, Aug. 3, at 1496 Atlantic Ave., as part of Belfast Garden Club’s “Open Garden Days.”

Homeowner Pamela Stanford notes that she and her husband, when they acquired this heavily wooded parcel four years ago, sought to create a low-maintenance home and yard that nestled into the site. Her tastes run toward the contemporary, she says, but they opted for a single-story in wood-tone colors; “the most important thing is to fit into the environment,” she said.

Stanford has made a hosta-lined path leading through steep woodlands down to a beach. The gardens, she said, offer great opportunities for spotting wildlife. Their pine trees had three bald eagles in a single day and a beaver even showed up once on their front lawn.

The Stanfords relied heavily on stone and gravel around the house, in lieu of decks, to minimize maintenance. She keeps adding more plants and even a few younger trees — like a handsome river birch. “I don’t think a garden is ever done,” she said. “Gardens are always a work in progress.”

The Stanford gardens, at 1496 Atlantic Ave. (the first driveway on the left after the Little River bridge, heading south on Route 1) can be seen Friday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The Belfast Garden Club, which requests a $5 donation per visitor for its scholarship fund, invites suggestions for gardens or farms in Waldo County to include in next year’s Open Garden Days; email Mark Humphreys (

The Stanford garden in Northport integrates many different types of stonework.
A woodland path at the Stanford garden leads down to a beach by the Little River estuary.
Dappled sun reaches much of the Stanford garden through taller hardwood trees.
Comments (1)
Posted by: Jon Jenckes | Aug 02, 2018 10:15

How are these nice people feeling about having a salmon processing plant as one of their nearest neighbors/

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