Belfast Garden Club Open Garden
June 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
June 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
291 Hatch Rd., Jackson, ME
A trip inland to Jackson will reward visitors 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. 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 also 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. Or, visitors may ramble on their own. In addition to a stream, ponds, and stone walls, more than 30 cows and their spring calves share the property. A table with plants for sale, maps and plant lists for visitors to use, and iced tea complete this memorable experience.