Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: Saturday, July 10, 2021
90 Locust Lane, Barnstable
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
Bought by Wayne’s parents in 1939, this property near the end of Locust Lane backs onto preservation land [the Lowell Family Trust], which provides a lovely background of wild holly trees mixed with semi-wilderness. The original cottage was torn down and replaced by the current house, which Pat has surrounded with beds of daylilies, geraniums, a mix of annuals and perennials, birdbaths and many birdhouses collected from all over the country, with the names of their 9 grandchildren on them. There are buoys found on Cape beaches after storms, and near the climbing hydrangea, two charming ‘sculpture’ trees holding colorful glass bottles—one manmade, the other a fruit-bearing fig! More than a glimpse of the seasonal village and lighthouse at Sandy Neck’s Point can be seen from the front yard, year-round. Parking indicated along north side of Commerce Road.
Open for Tours: July 10 & July 12.
83 Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
The Watsons moved from the end of the lane to this classic old Cape in 2018, and lost no time upgrading long-neglected borders around the building, starting with erecting a stone wall in front which encloses a mix of herbs and perennials. More herbs are clustered outside the kitchen, and the front door has been framed by trellises bearing beautiful tangerine climbing roses. There are numerous plantings of hydrangeas, including Oakleaf Snow Queen along the house, and lace-cap fronting the entrance path. More hydrangeas are found along the NE fence, as well as a row of alternating pink and white Rosa Rugosa. An extensive vegetable garden lies beyond the artemisia-lined barn/guesthouse [note the birdhouse under the eaves], and a small meadow with seasonal pond contains more birdhouses where a bluebird was just sighted! Coyotes, fishers, deer and turkeys are a familiar sight, and check for the red-tailed hawks nest in the high tree to the north. Open for Tours: July 10 & July 12. Parking: along Rendezvous Lane, as indicated; or, ideally, walk from St. Mary’s parking lot, in combination with visit to Barnstable Historical Society Garden.
Lisa Tulis Blair Memorial Garden, 3087 Main Street, Barnstable
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
Back by popular acclaim, this developing garden is attached to the Barnstable Historical Society at the Phinney/Jones House across from the Sturgis Library. A longtime Curator of the Society, Lisa Tulis Blair died on April 1, 2015, and the garden, a blend of grottos and woodland covering 2 ¾ acres, is in the process of being created in her memory. She would be delighted to know a wedding reception will be hosted here in June! Villagers and Historical Society members have contributed stone steps and walls, wooden birdhouses, and the local potter has donated a beautiful ceramic bird bath. The village blacksmith has created metal railings and volunteers have brought plant and tree offerings to the wild land as well as to the flower and herb borders out back. Anyone who visited before should wander the meandering paths of this calm and peaceful space, to see the results of a year of volunteer work. Open for Tours: July 10 & July 12. Park at Sturgis Library or adjacent St. Mary’s lot. Can walk from here to the garden on 83 Rendezvous Lane, as well.
33 Midpine Rd, Cummaquid Heights, Cummaquid
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
Reached via the Cummaquid Golf Club entrance, the Berlandis’ house and lawn are surrounded by numerous hydrangeas, while climbing hydrangeas cover the white lattice surrounding the pot-adorned stone patio. The display of Hydrangeas is augmented by climbing roses and a full assortment of acid-lovers such as azaleas, rhododendron, andromeda and holly. In the beautifully laid-out garden beds, daylilies and multiple perennials abound, while the back lawn gains a great sense of deep green space from the adjacent 11th Fairway. It is possible that as you explore the plantings behind the house, a golf ball may hop the split-rail fence! Open for Tours: July 10 & July 12. Park along one side of Midpine, as indicated.
Meetinghouse Farm, 2135 Meetinghouse Way (Rt. 149), West Barnstable
Tour benefiting Whelden Memorial Library OPEN: 10 AM - 3 PM
This 23-acre site includes a mix of farm buildings, 30 community gardens, and a variety of demonstration gardens. These include a rock garden, herb garden, cutting gardens and pollinator garden. Vegetables and flowers are available for sale. There is a short, wooded walking trail. The Farm is currently working on the installation of a community labyrinth. Garden Handicapped Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with assistance.
Open for tours: July 10th & July 11th
Howe’s Gardens, 1124 Old Stage Road, Centerville
Tour benefiting Whelden Memorial Library OPEN: 9 AM - 12 Noon
We hybridize (breed) daylilies We currently have 23 registered with the American Daylily Society. In our gardens there are about 75 flowers by other growers and several hundred of our own crosses, either never seen before first year flowers or older blooms under evaluation. We also have many other perennials. Garden Parking: Please, park on the left side of the adjacent street. The Parking Attendant will guide you. Garden Handicapped Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible. Open for tours: July 10th & July 11th
George and Anne Gingold Garden, 469 Elliott Road, Centerville
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Synagogue Food Pantry & Independence House
Swan View. High on knoll overlooking the Centerville River and a marsh below. Abundant Nikko blue hydrangeas. Interesting ground cover, perennials, and annuals in impressionist colors. Homemade compost and organic fertilizer used throughout. Hydrangeas, Rose of Sharon, and rare lilac plants are available for those with a shovel and a bag. Directions: From Route 28 and Strawberry Hill Road (at Centerville/Hyannis line) where there is St. George's Greek Church and a CVS, go south on Strawberry Hill about 0.5 mile to Pine Street. Turn right on to Pine Street, and then IMMEDIATELY left on to Elliot Road. Go down Elliot Road for about 0.7 mile, at a “T” intersection bear left, and 0.2 mile past the “T” you will be there. It is a light grey house up on a knoll on your right, with a semicircular stone driveway. #469 on the mailbox.
Glen Dhu, 93 Herring Brook Lane, Brewster
Tour benefiting Master Gardeners Association of Cape Cod
Our “blank slate” began to take shape about 30 years ago. No master plan…just love of the land, how it spoke and its potential. Paths to quiet places, welcoming peace, reflection, respite. Sun and shade gardens abound. Judy and I allowed one another our whimsy and hard work to prevail. Be our guests for an enchanting experience. Open for Tours: Friday, July 9th, Saturday, July 10th, Sunday, July 11th
Chapman House Garden, 28 Sady’s Lane, East Falmouth
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
Surprising vistas and vignettes unfold to visitors strolling the winding garden paths. A stone patio walled by espaliered pear trees and dogwood, archways of beech trees and hydrangea, and a small pond are some of the features of the thirty-five-year-old garden. Returning visitors will discover new plantings of perennials and shrubs and even a new garden accent. The summer garden includes collections of daylilies, hostas, and hydrangeas. Annuals, tropical plants, and container plants accent the garden borders. Despite their Garden’s age, the Chapman’s are keen on continuing improvements making this garden well worth a return visit. The site has plenty of immediate parking. Open for Tours: Saturday, July 10th & Wednesday, July 14th.
Oglesby House Garden, 20 Benjamin Nye’s Lane, North Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Chorale
The Oglesby House Garden began in 2003 with clearing of overgrowth. Goshen stone patios and walkways were laid in 2004. The garden is anchored by specimen trees planted to suit the climate and the aesthetic: Katsura, Japanese Stewartia, Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japanese Maple, Seven Son Flower, Crabapple, Kousa Dogwood, Birch and Yoshino Cherry Herbaceous borders flow across the gentlesloping garden. Several varieties of hydrangea: macrophilla, lace cap, quercifolia, paniculate, petiolaris ground the beds and straddle the woodland edge. Other shrubs include viburnum, azalea, lilac, forsythia, weiglia, spirea, and rhodies. Roses, iris, dahlia, montbretia, lavender and Russian Sage take their turns blooming in the sunny beds while hosta, ferns and astilbe bring texture and color into the shade. The entrance to the lower garden is a large moon gate; a sculpture of St. Francis beckons on the back patio where there is a small fountain. There is comfortable garden seating allowing rest while walking the discretionary landscape. Open for Tours: July 10th and July 14th. Directions: Benjamin Nye’s Lane is off of Old Main Road in North Falmouth. It can also be entered from Wild Harbor Road. Garden Instructions: Park along Benjamin Nye. Please do not park on Needles Lane which is a private road. Accessibility: Discretionary
65 Willow Field Dr, North Falmouth
Tour benefiting People for Cats
Our garden is a quiet and a magical place. There are textured rooms and secret places of beauty. Multiple varieties of trees including Japanese Maples and Japanese Stewartias are among the many, many perennial beds. Two small ponds, two bird baths and a number of bird boxes help our feathered friends. There are viburnam, lilac, forsythia, spirea, several varieties of hydrangea, to name a few. And lots of day lilies, hostas and more. We have a number of raised garden beds as well. I like to create with stone. So, you will see numerous Stone walls, stone pathways, Standing Stones and a Native American Medicine Wheel helping to give Blessings to the World. There is a family of rabbits that live under the deck, probably 10 or more chipmunks living in around the stone walls, the little green bull frog and the big garter snake also call this home. Occasionally, the deer come to visit as well.
Open for Tours: July 10th and July 14th.
Private garden tours are $5 per person per garden. You can pay cash at each garden on the day of the garden tour. Each garden is open from 10 am to 4 pm unless otherwise specified and only on the days specified.