2018-07-13 / Front Page

Garden tour supports Fort


Featuring improved walking trails and scenic overlooks, Cliff Walk Landscape at Fort Williams Park will make its official debut on Saturday, July 14, during the 8th Annual Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour. (Courtesy photo) Featuring improved walking trails and scenic overlooks, Cliff Walk Landscape at Fort Williams Park will make its official debut on Saturday, July 14, during the 8th Annual Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour. (Courtesy photo) The first phase of Cliff Walk Landscape, a recently completed, multi-acre walking trail and scenic overlook project at Fort Williams Park, will have its official public unveiling Saturday, July 14, during the Fort Williams Park Foundation’s eighth annual Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour.

Cliff Walk Landscape is the latest in the foundation’s Arboretum Project, a multi-year mission to promote and preserve the park by removing invasive plant species, planting and encouraging the growth of native species and renovating key areas to enhance user enjoyment. The foundation’s primary goals for Cliff Walk Landscape are to restore ecological health to the site by suppressing invasive plants to a level that allows healthy and vibrant native plant communities to succeed. This in turn improves habitat for birds and pollinators while providing park-goers better opportunities to witness the beauty and wonders of nature.
The self-guided garden tour will also feature the Children’s Garden at Fort Williams Park and eight privately owned properties in Cape Elizabeth and South Portland. The stops on this year’s tour span the gamut from small toney backyards to sprawling ocean overlooks.

“Our garden tour has become a highlight of the Maine summer,” said Lynn Shaffer, president of the Fort Williams Park Foundation. “This year’s tour will be the best yet. Don’t miss it.”
The garden tour will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will register near the Children’s Garden at Fort Williams Park, where they will be provided with a booklet that contains a map and detailed information about each garden. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $40 the day of the tour, and are available online at cegardentour.com, at the foundation office (299 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth), and at the following retail locations:

Broadway Gardens, 1640 Broadway, South Portland; Cape Community Center, 345 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth; Jordan’s Farm, 21 Wells Road, Cape Elizabeth; and Nonesuch Books, 50 Market St., South Portland. Tickets will also be available at Fort Williams Park the day of the tour.

Also available for purchase during the tour will be limited-edition, poster-sized prints of an original watercolor created specifically for this year’s tour booklet by Cape Elizabeth High School student Devan Newell, and raffle tickets for a variety of prizes, including guided tours of Fort Williams Park, a garden tour poster, collectible mugs, a copy of the book “Portland Head Light & Fort Williams” by Kenneth E. Thompson Jr., and gift certificates for local restaurants, ice cream vendors and garden centers.

All proceeds from the tour will go toward the Fort Williams Park Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting Fort Williams Park and its legacy. 
For more information about the Fort Williams Park Foundation or the garden tour, visit cegardentour.com, email gardentour@fortwilliams.org, or call 767-3707.

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