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Open Garden Day features a gardener’s garden July 16 in East Belfast
July 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
A truly artistic garden will be on display Friday, July 16, at the home of Kate McLeod, 76 Patterson Hill Road, in East Belfast, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is part of Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days and a $5 donation is requested to help sustain club operations.
McLeod is a gardener and landscape designer who says she really loves flowers. Her passion has turned into a thriving business serving over 50 gardens in the Midcoast.
When she first bought her house, the fields had not been mowed in some time and were filled with garbage. “I slowly started to work on the garden, burning all of the grass, and spent weeks picking up trash,” she said. To aid in the decomposition and create soil, McLeod covered all the burdock and weeds with cardboard. If you have good soil, your plants will be healthy, she advises.
McLeod said her favorite part of the garden is always the part she is working on – “the newest area is my favorite.” She said she is about to take out the lower back grass area and put in a new garden complete with firepit. Sometimes for a project like that, McLeod receives a little help from her phenomenal crew. “I have a fun job,” she said, “and at the end of the day I get to come home and work on my own garden.”
McLeod used to be an artist and referred to her garden as a big art project. “It’s clearly not done,” she said, “it’s still evolving.” She likes to let plants do what they like to do, unless they start misbehaving, she said, and then they are out.