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Neighborhood permaculture gardens, double feature for Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Days

Photo by Annadeene K. Fowler

Visitors will find this grape trellised in a lilac of interest at the Ireland garden in Belfast during the Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Days tour on Friday, Aug, 24.


BELFAST, Maine — Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days will visit the permaculture gardens of Karen Meisenhemer and Ric Mallamo at 10 Bradbury St.; and neighbor Karen Ireland, 123 Cedar St., in Belfast 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Tickets for the Open Garden Day may be purchased at the either garden for $4. Proceeds benefit Belfast Garden Club’s civic beautification projects.

Master gardener Karen Meisenhemer and husband Ric Mallamo began their permaculture project in the spring of 2008. Fruit and nut trees, grape arbor, kiwi vines, blueberry and elderberry shrubs, strawberry hills, raised beds for vegetables, many native perennials, a catchment pond and, most recently, three resident hens grace the property.

Karen Ireland’s garden reclaimed an asphalt driveway for food and flowers. After years of soil replenishing, this is the first full year with raised flower and vegetable beds, fruit trees and shrubs. A grape arbor, a kitchen scrap “digester” as well as stone walls and irrigation well are featured.

Directions: From Downtown Belfast, take Main Street up the hill to Congress Street; left on Congress several blocks to Bradbury Street (across from Public Works site); left on Bradbury one block. Park alongside the road.

As fall approaches, the club invites the public to its monthly meetings at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month, September through April at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House 95 Court St., Belfast.

For information call Diane Allmayer-Beck at 207-338-3105, email or visit


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