You’ll never regret taking the scenic route on Cape Cod, and the private gardens of the 6th Annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest are a gorgeous reason to step off the beaten path.
The ten-day event begins July 10 with a burst of blooms, virtual workshops and fun befitting the Cape’s signature flower -whether you simply want to take in the splendor, create a spectacular centerpiece, or learn how to (finally!) change those deep blues to rosy pink.
Here is a mini guide to the festival highlights.
It goes without saying the private gardens on these tours are lush with hydrangeas in all varieties, but past tour titles such as “Perennial Parade” and “Lemonade in a Treehouse” are a hint that hydrangeas are only the beautiful beginning. Tours include a colorful Yarmouth Port paradise recently featured in Country Garden Magazine, where you'll discover an outdoor fairy garden, gnome and pocket gardens, and a Bodacious Cutting Garden filled with dahlias, perennials and annuals.
Garden tours are $5 per person per garden, and each garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (only on the days specified). The best part? Local nonprofits will benefit by receiving 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales, Note: All garden tours will follow safe social distancing practices!
Learn from the best
You’ve got 10 full days to explore the granddaddy of Cape gardens: Visit the exquisite grounds of Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. When you visit, pick up or download Heritage's self-guided walking tour through the grounds to discover more about Heritages’ 8 species of hydrangeas and over 170 exceptional cultivars. including the North American Hydrangea Test Garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society’s superb Display Garden. If you prefer to enjoy the gardens from home, Hereitage will be posting logs, videos, care tips, craft activities, scavenger hunts, and photos on their website throught the 10-day festival.
The Hyannis HyArts Artists Shanties at Hyannis' Bismore Park will be blooming with specials and fun activities as a part of Hydrangea Fest! Peruse hydrangea-inspired artwork, jewelry, clothing and handbags from local artisans, or stop by Graceful Fire Glass Studio with the kids and let them "dig' for colorful beads in the rice bucket and then pick a color necklace to go with it. The shanties are open daily from 11 am to 8 pm.
Ask the experts
If you’ve got stubborn blooms, hydrangea headaches, or are looking for an added burst of inspiration, don’t miss the chance to ask the experts at Heritage’s virtual “Hydrangea University” on July 10; presenters will inspire and entertain while sharing their tips and knowledge about hydrangeas. Also on July 10, join Hyannis Country Garden for a virtual Happy Hour with garden expert C.L. Fornari and find out everything you ever wanted to know about Cape Cod's signature plant.
Check out CapeCodHydrangeaFest.com for a full line-up of events! This year’s event is sponsored by Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Monrovia, Star Roses & Plants, and Gardens by Barbara Conolly.