You’ll never regret taking the scenic route on Cape Cod, and the private gardens of the 7th Annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest are a gorgeous reason to step off the beaten path.
The ten-day event begins July 9 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.
This ten-day festival's main attractions are the daily tours of private gardens, each designed and maintained by the individual homeowners and carrying a unique charm. You are sure to enjoy such eclectic spaces, not to mention the good feeling of supporting a variety of local nonprofits which will benefit from the proceeds of each tour. 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).
Learn from the best
Visit the exquisite grounds of Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. When you visit, pick up or download our self-guided tour through the grounds to discover more about Heritage’s eight species of hydrangeas and over 170 exceptional cultivars. Stroll through the newly expanded North American Hydrangea Test Garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society’s superb Display Garden. Learn to identify and care for your hydrangeas at our hands-on Garden Discovery Cart, and take home one (or more!) of these signature plants from the special plant sale. There’s even a fun activity guide highlighting these amazing plants designed just for kids and families! All activities are free with museum admission.
The Hyannis HyArts Artists Shanties at Hyannis' Bismore Park and Harbor Ovelook 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. The shanties are open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. Check out also the Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod Exhibit of handmade garden quilts on July 10 & 11, hosted by Hyannis Country Garden.
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 Friday, July 9; presenters will inspire and entertain while sharing their tips and knowledge about hydrangeas. Also on July 9, 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.