Plants and Tubers
Fire Flower Garden is MOFGA Certified Organic and offers hardy field grown perennial, bulb and tuberous plants. Barb grows a wide assortment of tried and true plant material that is habituated to the harsh growing conditions in central Maine. Thorndike is in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4. Expect to find both old New England favorites like creeping phlox and modern additions such as vibrant new dahlia cultivars.
Plants are divided at the most auspicious time of year for transplanting, and are available during the summer season at Belfast Farmers’ Market, Belfast Maine on Friday from 9am to 1pm.
Once the growing season gets rolling Fire Flower Garden provides a steady supply of fresh cut flowers. In spring daffodils are plentiful. Summer brings on everything from lovable zinnias to calla lilies. The list of annual, perennial and bulb blossoms is far too long to list here.Barb even makes edible tussie-mussies often incorporating into them her prolific Johnny Jump-Ups. In summer she uses her keen design eye and crafts unique bouquets in every imaginable hue and texture.
Bouquets continue to be available until frost puts and end to the gardens. Fire Flowers are available at Belfast Farmers’ Market every Friday from 9am to 1pm during the season.
See our section on Wedding Flowers.
Cut Flower Updates:
Fire Flower Garden
Fire Flower Garden is a small farm/large garden that grew out of a love of flowers and gardening. Some years ago Barbara found herself with more perennial divisions, seedlings, and dried flowers than she could use, and began hauling them off the nearby Belfast Farmers Market. She expanded into a seasonal plant and flower business which begins with pots of violas and newly dug field grown perennials.
In mid season there is a “garden party” and by August, dried flowers are becoming available. The season winds down with a booth in the Farmers Market at Maine’s well known Common Ground Fair in September, finishing up with a few weeks of dried flowers, pumpkins and gourds at the Belfast Farmers Market. For more information and updates, see the News & Events page.
A summer stroll through the gardens will reveal Barbara’s eye for texture and color, along with an amazing array of hardy plant varieties suited to the often harsh mid-Maine climate. Her gardens are in USDA Zone 4, although she has been able to grow lavender successfully for many years. Whimsical pottery critters created by Charlie Krause, Barbara’s husband, may be lurking almost anywhere. Fire Flower Garden is Certified Organic by MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association).
Fire Flower Garden is open by appointment for garden visits. See Contacts for phone and email to arrange a visit. In addition of the perennial cottage gardens surrounding the 1800’s farm house and pottery, Barb keeps a propagating garden across the road. Charlie has been growing an extensive “Willow Room” that changes from year as he trains and prunes this whimsical feature. Every year in mid-summer Barb and Charlie open Fire Flower Garden and Barbara Walch Pottery to the public, offering an old fashioned Garden Party.
The Farm Stand
The gardens and plant stand are open for perennial plants, cut flowers and herb plants during the season, from May through mid-September. We use the time honored self service system, unless we happen to be out in the garden when you arrive. It is advised that you call ahead if you need to “talk gardening” or are looking for cut flowers, or want to purchase pottery. See Contact for directions, phone number and other information.
Garden Events News:
Fire Flower Garden plants, cut flowers, and a small assortment of Barbara Walch Pottery is available every Friday (with a few exceptions when going to craft fairs) from May through October at Belfast Farmers’ Market, Belfast Maine . Charlie’s hand made willow baskets are also for sale when available.
If you need to travel with your cut flower purchase, Barb offers a mason jar with water for a small additional fee–to keep them happy during the ride.