To Feature Eight Gardens Plus
Historic, Modern, and Unique Homes
Afternoon Tea Party is Added Treat This Year
Camden—Gardens that speak of their owners’ longtime hard work and others that showcase the skill of some of the area’s fine professional landscapers will complement a wide range of house styles and periods included on the 64th annual Camden Garden Club House and Garden Tour. On view this year will be a 200-year-old Federal home, two gracious bay-front estates, a 20th century post-modern house, and two recently constructed houses embodying the best of current design.
Scheduled for Thursday, July 21, from 9:30 until 4 p.m., the tour will take place rain or shine.
The oldest house on the tour was built in 1800 for Camden’s postmaster and treasurer Joseph Eaton. A handsome Federal listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features dining-room murals that depict how the property’s harbor-front farmland may have looked in the nineteenth century.
Another home on the tour also speaks of historic coastal Maine architecture, yet is in fact just a year old. A re-creation of Maine’s turn-of-the-century shingle-style “cottages,” its traditional façade belies its state-of-the-art “green” components including geothermal heating and cooling systems, solar-array panels, and environmentally friendly construction materials. The tour also includes a second interpretation of the iconic shingle style, this one a house built in the 1950s. Both houses have the requisite elements of curving rooflines and broad verandas, both enjoy gorgeous views of Penobscot Bay, and both offer rolling lawns where tour-goers are invited to stroll. An additional attraction awaits discovery on the grounds of the second house: a stunning 1800s barn whose restored interior displays beautiful post-and-beam construction.
One of the other tour houses exhibits an entirely new approach to the New England vernacular, reducing familiar farmhouse shapes to beautifully pared-down white boxes as simple as Monopoly houses, according to its noted architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen. It is interesting to compare it with another contemporary house on the tour. Formed from complex geometric shapes that suggest a cubist esthetic, it also honors traditional Maine coastal style through its cedar shingles, granite, and galvanized roof.
Representing another architectural style is a 1969 mid-century-modern home whose owner, a landscape designer, has been upgrading the house and the property in the five years since he bought it. His new gardens, he explains, are made up mostly of local nurseries’ throwaways and clients’ castoffs. “I like giving these orphans a chance,” he says. The gardens of two other avid gardeners round out the tour properties. Both are testimony to their dedication to creating beautiful spaces and the pleasure they and others take in seeing them come into bloom every year.
Tour committee chair Ann Cole has also included several special treats in this year’s plans for the day. At one of the homes, local community theater actor Christine West will offer interpretive readings of garden poems on a veranda overlooking Penobscot Bay. In addition, a Garden Tea Party at Margo Moore Interiors, 74 Elm Street (Route 1), Camden, will top off the day. From 2 until 6 p.m. tour-goers are invited to stop by for tea and light refreshments as they enjoy a display of beautiful and unique container gardens, stunning silk flower arrangements, a jewelry trunk show, and complimentary tastings of Cellardoor wines. A portion of all sales during the tea will benefit the Camden Garden Club.
Tour tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the tour. They are now available for sale on line at www.camdengardenclub.com. They may also be purchased in advance at the following locations: in Waldoboro at Moose Crossing Garden Center; in Rockport at Plants Unlimited, Northern Kingdom Music Store, and Hoboken Gardens; in Camden at Surroundings and Whitehall Inn; and in Belfast at Brambles.
On the day of the tour, tickets ($30) will be sold at two locations: Northern Kingdom Music Store parking lot, Route 1 south of Camden; and Camden Hills State Park, Route 1 north of Camden.
All proceeds from the tour go toward the Club’s many community projects, including the hanging flower baskets and wreaths that decorate Camden’s lampposts; and plantings at the Public Landing, Village Green, and traffic medians, and in flower boxes around Camden. In addition, the Club funds scholarships for post-secondary study in horticulture, botany, landscape design, and environmental issues, and makes it possible for children to attend the Tanglewood 4-H camp. The Club also participates in and contributes to the Town Shade Tree Planting Program, works on special projects such as the children’s amphitheater at Laite Beach, and presents programs throughout the year that are open to the public.
For more information, please visit www.camdengardenclub.com .