Summer Garden Show to Tour Six Properties

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Summer Garden Show to Tour Six Properties


FORT FAIRFIELD -- The Fort Fairfield Frontier Heritage Historical Society will present a summer garden show Saturday, July 25, from 12- 4 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine and will showcase six local properties, including a vineyard and hop yard.

Other gardens will display items for purchase, along with a plant sale and light refreshments. The cost is $10 per person. A prize drawing will be held for a gift basket with local products and gift certificates.

According to the historical society, the proceeds from the show will be used for much needed repairs at the Blockhouse and Friends Church.

"It is so important to maintain these historical treasures and keep up on their maintenance. A new roof is needed for the Blockhouse and fundraising efforts will focus on that project along with others," said Gloria Towle of the historical society. "We hope that you will treat yourselves to a summer afternoon enjoying the beautiful gardens of Fort Fairfield."

The tour begins at noon with maps at The Bandstand in Fields Lane on Main Street, Fort Fairfield, with a stroll through the gardens surrounding the gazebo and town clock. Cool beverages and refreshments will be available.

The gardens of Jerry and Jessica Parady have been transformed over the past year. Having his own landscaping business, Jerry's creativity is seen throughout the entire property. The front entrance welcomes visitors with his original designed log planters overflowing with annuals.

"You pass through towering lush Major Wheeler honeysuckle vines that take you into the private back gardens. There you will find more original birdhouses, a pine cone mulch garden, 12 different varieties of hostas, Jessica's garden shed, miniature cedar table and chairs and lovely rock gardens bordering the entire area," Towle said. Birdhouses and unique planters will be available.

The Hop Yard started in 2011 by founders Geoff Keating and Ryan Houghton with a plot in Fort Fairfield. Hops are perennial plants, growing nearly 20 feet tall on a massive trellis system that must be constructed in each field. Their main varieties (which create different flavors and smells for beer) are Cascade, Centennial, Nugget, Willamette and Sterling.

While hops were once a major crop in Maine over 100 years ago, The Hop Yard and other Maine farms have been fighting to revive the industry here as most of the crop is traditionally grown in the Pacific Northwest, Towle explained. The Hop Yard has imported a German hop picker, which will support a large increase in acreage over the coming years. …

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