Photo by Annadeene K. Fowler
Visitors to the Ruberti garden in Belfast, part of the Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Days series on Friday, Aug, 10, will encounter this vista framed by hosta and a stone wall.
BELFAST, Maine — Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days will visit the Ruberti garden, 2 Edgecomb Road, Belfast, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Tickets may be purchased at the garden for $4. Proceeds benefit Belfast Garden Club’s civic beautification projects.
David Ruberti’s garden begins at the roadside in a delightful swath of hosta, flowering shrubs and perennials. The bed is a beautiful, creative solution for a sloped section which had been tricky to mow, and extends the full width of the property border along a lovely old stonewall.
The garden was started in 2000 when Ruberti moved back to Belfast, his childhood home, after being away for some time. There had been little or no landscaping done around the property, and the goal was to soften the edges and bring nature close to his new home. Today the front of the house is set off with a nice variety of now-mature evergreen shrubs. The lawn, under the filtered sunlight of a handful of deciduous trees, is anchored with an impressive flagpole flying a collection of flags from Ruberti’s travels to Africa. Brick walkways are lined with sedum, dwarf rhododendron and a favorite variegated euonymus.
A lovely wisteria laden arbor acts as entrance to the backyard where a wave of plantings adds visual appeal and curvaceous lines along the neat and trim home. The backyard deck includes a dwarf Japanese evergreen, robust yucca, black-eyed Susan and lilies, creating an environment of privacy and calmness. A hammock rests in the branches of one of several apple trees on the property. A brick edged berm offers a visual break in the lawn beyond with a mix of raspberries, rhubarb, perennials and shrubs. Quince, willows and a new Liberty apple tree surround the utility shed, which has been disguised as a cottage. Garden art along with birdbaths and a small collection of Lillian Starrett birdhouses complement the beds.
Directions: From downtown Belfast, take Main St.-Route 3 west 1.9miles (just past Perry’s Furniture) to Edgecomb Road; turn left. First house on your left. Park alongside the road. Wheelchair accessible.