Open Garden Day

Woodland gardens, pastures, mountain views on tap June 21

Jun 14, 2019
Primulas in bloom in Janice Anthony and David Greeley’s woodland gardens.

Jackson — A drive inland to Jackson will reward visitors to the Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Day June 21 with woodland gardens, a rock garden, perennial borders, a pond with water lilies and many acres of pasture to explore.

In addition, there are panoramic mountain views to Blue Hill and beyond. The property is at 291 Hatch Road 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 a Unity College scholarship.

Artist Janice Anthony and David Greeley have owned their Jackson farm for 38 years, creating enticing and lovingly tended gardens on wooded portions of their 180-acre property.

A current director of the American Primrose Society and member of the North American Rock Garden Society, Janice is fascinated by gardens and propagation. She starts most of the garden plants in her greenhouse, trying new ones each year. Janice grew many of their unusual conifers and deciduous trees, including sequoia, from cuttings. Rhododendrons, late primulas, iris, perennial geraniums and aquilegia stand out in the June garden among hostas, ferns and various ground covers.

An optional 45-minute pasture walk with David at 1 p.m. will meander through the park-like mix of open fields and selectively cut woodland. In addition to a stream, ponds and stone walls, more than 30 cows and their spring calves share the property. Or, visitors may ramble on their own.

A table with plants for sale, maps and plant lists for visitors to use and iced tea complete this experience. For more information or for directions, visit belfastgardenclub.org.

See gardens at their best every Friday, through Aug. 23 (except June 28 and July 5). 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.

Future Open Garden Days

July 12: Oates & Faunce Garden & Studio, 181 Searsport Ave., East Belfast. An informal English cottage garden on the site of Mainely Pottery. Stroll through the shop and studio, as well as the garden.

July 19: Fotterall Garden, 71 Bayview St., Belfast. A tightly planted and textured hidden backyard garden with structural stone walls and stairs. Lots new to see since last open in 2016.

July 26: Lovecchio Garden & Home, 54 Bay Road, Lincolnville. Landscape includes ornamentals, flowering shrubs and perennials in informal gardens that integrate natural beauty of the woods and view of Penobscot Bay.

Aug. 2: Lojek & Stalla Garden, 3 Green St., Belfast. English-style garden features perennials, flowering shrubs and evergreens, as well as a hidden vegetable garden, pergola with fire pit, and pond with a fountain.

Aug. 9: Millard & Wesson Garden & Home, 29 Wight St., Belfast. A tidy working garden supplies its owners with fruits, berries and assorted veggies. Flowers and perennials add to its beauty.

Aug. 16: Earley, Reid & Suworoff Gardens, 115 & 129 Cedar St., Belfast. Garden at 115 Cedar St. supports a number of uses in a very small space. Small, mixed-use garden at 129 Cedar St. features perennials, herbs, and a fenced backyard with vegetable beds, quirky garden shed, and more.

Aug. 23: Troy Howard Middle School Garden, 98 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Students participate in everything from design to seed saving in greenhouse and garden of mixed vegetables and flowers, which provides 1,000-plus pounds of produce for school cafeteria.

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).

 

 

A Japanese maple and one of many rhododendrons add color to the gardens.
A white magnolia blooms among bulbs, hosta and conifers in a garden near the house.
Hellebores add a pop of color against an array of eye-catching leaf textures.
View of pastures and mountains to Blue Hill and beyond on the Anthony/Greeley farm.
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