On Thursday, July 18th , the Camden Garden Club’s 66th Annual House & Garden Tour invites long-time fans as well as those just now discovering Maine’s mid-coast to visit six lovely homes and gardens in beautiful settings. Some are expansive with lots of glass for taking in long views. Others illustrate how traditional architecture and modern comforts can be seamlessly blended. All have inviting landscaping and gardens for wandering.
House #4, for example, an 1808 Goose River Village Cape, looks over Rockport’s memorial park toward the harbor. (Rockport Village was called Goose River Village until 1852.) In 2011, this iconic house was restored and enlarged under the direction of Camden architect Chris Glass. The owners took care to create unity among its three components — the original house, a 1989 Rockport Post & Beam addition, and the 2011 master bath and kitchen. They lightened, brightened and opened up the traditional cape, which featured a center-chimney wrapped with three fireplaces — in the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
All the spaces were reconfigured to accommodate one floor living. The post & beam great room addition with cathedral ceiling and French doors was renovated, while the former living room became an office, and the dining room and a small utility room merged into the master bedroom. The former kitchen became the master suite closets and laundry. Custom cabinets throughout the house enhance the sense of unity.
More information about the Camden House and Garden Tour can be had at www.camdengardenclub.com or by calling Signe Mather at 596-7263. Tickets can be purchased ahead of the day for $25 – online or in Camden at Surroundings and Whitehall Inn, in Rockport at Plants Unlimited, and Hoboken Gardens; in Belfast at Brambles; in Waldoboro at Moose Crossing. Tickets the day of the tour will be $30, at the Maine Sport parking lot on Route 1, Camden, and the Camden Hills State Park, Route 1, north of Camden. On the day of tour, no credit cards will be accepted.
All Tour proceeds make possible the hanging geranium baskets and holiday wreaths on Camden’s light posts, flower boxes and beds, the children’s amphitheater, scholarships, street trees, maintaining the Village green, and many other gifts to this community.
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