The Belfast Garden Club will host an Open Garden Day at Roger and Carol Hewitt’s Highfields Farm, located at 74 Highfield Road in Hope, on Friday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The Hewitts focus on growing dahlias at the farm, which has views of Lermond Pond and Ragged Mountain. During 37 years there, they have created perennial gardens bordered by old stone walls. A procession of color begins in the gardens in early spring with an abundance of bulbs and continues through summer with dahlias, peonies, iris, daylilies, coneflowers, bee balm, clematis, foxgloves, delphiniums and more. In recent years they have added a large area of raised beds for dahlias; their collection now includes approximately 75 varieties, with around 250 plants in all.

Roger Hewitt is expert at growing and propagating dahlias and would be happy to explain to interested visitors the entire process of growing dahlias, from starting plants in the spring to storing the tubers over the winter. The Hewitts will be offering dahlia bouquets for sale during the day.

A suggested donation of $5 (checks or exact change are appreciated) admits visitors to the garden. Attendees are asked to wear face masks and to maintain appropriate physical distancing while touring the garden. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available for those who cannot bring their own. For more information, visit