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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: Sunday, July 10, 2022


Eileen and Stan Elias Garden - 42 Packet Landing Way, West Barnstable
Tour benefitting Cape Cod Ukraine Relief Fund

Marsh Located and Easy to Care Child-Supported Garden. Blue and White Hydrangeas support a garden developed for kids and easy maintenance. Garden includes perennials, annuals, decorative grasses, Rose of Sharon bushes, Blue Berry bushes, Rosa Rugosa plantings which align the garden's front perimeter, and 50+ year old lilac and rhododendron plants align with the garden's natural stone landscaping.  Canoe supports mixed vegetables and window boxes include mix of annuals and perennials. Open for Tours: Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10.
Directions:  Mid Cape Highway and get off at Exit 65 (old Exit 5) (Route 149) and go three-quarters around the rotary so you are essentially making a left turn onto Route 149 North. Take this to the dead end and a blinker. Turn right onto Route 6A and the next left, after passing small shopping center and about 50 yards away, onto Packet Landing Way. Ours is the second house on the left, 42 (number on house front door and on PO Box), with a double garage and shell driveway.  Take Packet Landing slowly. The street is 1½ cars wide and last paved during the Coolidge administration. Parking: In addition to our driveway, can park on the street but please park only on the left side so that other cars can get past.

Anne and George Gingold - 469 Elliott Road, Centerville
Tour benefitting Cape Cod Synagogue Ukraine Relief Fund
Description: Swan View. High on knoll overlooking the Centerville River and a marsh below. Abundant niko 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’s a light grey house up on a knoll on your right, with a semicircular stone driveway. #469 on the mailbox.

A Cocktail Garden - 21 Bumps River Rd. Osterville
Tour benefitting Osterville Village Library

Mint Juleps and Mojitos pair perfectly with the serenity of this backyard cocktail garden off Bumps River Road. But before you find your way to the secret retreat complete with an herb garden, cutting garden and potting shed, the front of the residence is awash in blossoms blue... with over 30 hydrangeas painting a panorama of Cape Cod class. Garden enthusiasts will find of especial interest the cutting garden and potting shed which pair with this landscape. Imagine fresh flowers cut for dinner and patio all season long! Date(s) Open for tours: July 10th and July 12th 10-3 PM (last visitors arrive at 3) Garden Directions: Rt 28 to South County from S. County house is on corner of South County and Bumps River RD. From OWB Rd take right on Bumps River to end. Garden Parking: Park on Bumps River or Chine Way. Accessibility:  Discretionary: uneven land, soft ground, or sets of stairs. Proper judgement is advised.

Italian Inspired Renaissance Garden - 64 Warren Street, Osterville
Tour benefiting Osterville Village Library

A touch of "Italian Inspired Renaissance" just off Seaview Avenue Osterville! You've just got to see the gardens surrounding a 50 foot lap pool, set in understated stone, flanked by potted begonias, hibiscus and evergreen. The refreshing oasis of water reflects the tasteful palette of color... absolutely breathtaking under a sunny sky. 2 Chinese Lions and a tranquil Buddha watch over this outdoor retreat that would be right at home along the Amalfi Coast. Date(s) Open for tours: Saturday July 9th 10-3 PM and Sunday July 10th 10-3 (last visitors arrive at 3)
Garden Directions: Osterville take Wianno Ave to Sea View Ave. across from Wianno Club is Warren ave. Garden Parking: Street parking. Accessibility: Accessible: Discretionary: uneven land, soft ground, or sets of stairs.

Four Season, Layered and Sculptural Garden - 113 Pond Street, Osterville
Tour benefiting Osterville Village Library

California Designer, Dorrit Kingsbury, Creates Her Own Four Season, Layered and Sculptural Garden in Osterville.Designed to wow the senses with elegance and folly, this landscape invites both lively gatherings and peaceful respite. Using color as a sculptural element and evergreens for year-round definition and flair, the contrasting textures and forms feel luxurious yet accessible. Distinct focal points draw the viewer to visit the firepit shrouded by cherry trees, wind in and out of the hornbeam topiary arches, settle onto the bench at the end of a garden pathway, and savor the sunset from the newest garden destination at the front of the property. Open for Tours: JULY 9 AND 10 10 – 3 and Sunday 11-3 (last visitors arrive at 3)
GARDEN PARKING: Limited parking at the street and all the way down driveway. No lawn parking. Possible parking at the Methodist Church down the street. Accessibility: The front garden is accessible without using stairs. Stairs have railings. Wheelchair access is not really available except possibly to the front garden. Only walkways, pathways and stairways are accessible for the tour. Other areas will be gated and closed off.


Garden Tour at 21 Pattee Rd, East Falmouth
Tour benefiting People for Cats

Parking on the street beside the wall of tall Leyland Cypress that hide the garden beyond. Walk in the driveway, look left at the mini garden in the front of the house and look over the main garden of 6000 sq. ft to the right. Notice the garden shed that matches the house. As you walk the circular path up to the dahlias you will notice the birdhouses (28) and see how the hydrangeas (30) compliment the dahlias (90.)  By the shed are two more raised beds 3' x 12' full of summer vegetables. Adjacent is the long bed where sugar snap peas should be ready for snacking. Then do come to the back deck for refreshments before you leave, saying hello to your hosts, David and Alison Ward.


The Fornari Garden at Poison Ivy Acres - 2 Lawrence Pond Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefitting
Unitarian Church of Barnstable
Visit this 2.5-acre property on Lawrence Pond, gardened by Dan and C.L. Fornari. Along the road see the "dry garden" of drought-tolerant plants. Next is a cutting garden cutting garden just above the large vegetable beds. In addition to the in-ground vegetables, you will see Smart Pots planted with potatoes and winter squash. Peak into the solar-heated seed-starting shed where the Fornari's start their basil, tomatoes, and annuals. Discover the assortment of annuals and perennials in the flower gardens that surround the house. Stop under the shade of the grape arbor where many of the Fornari's houseplants are at "summer camp." See the herbs that are grown just out the kitchen door and take enough flower photos to fill your Instagram feed for months.


Joyce Jenks’ Garden - 145 Captain Noyes Road, South Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

Welcome!  Come and see how these gardens have matured and evolved since the last tour in 2016.   After the Jenks moved to this corner lot, they removed overgrown foundation shrubs and installed ten new gardens. “Before” and “after” photos of the property will be available.  The gardens contain over 100 hydrangea species, including a relatively unusual pink hydrangea climber on the well.  Also thriving are hundreds of hostas, daylilies, ferns, and dozens of ornamental grasses.  Joyce will be happy to answer questions, particularly about hydrangeas and perennials that do surprisingly well in the once sunny, now oak-shaded gardens. Parking: Ample parking available on Captain Stanley Road. 
Directions: From Route 6 take exit 75 and head south onto Station Avenue.  Go through two sets of lights and turn right at third set of lights onto Old Town House Road.  Drive a mile to the set of lights and take a left onto Forest Road.  Drive a mile to Captain Noyes Road on the left. #145 is the sixth house on the left, corner of Captain Stanley Road. 

Linda Coven’s Garden - 121 Camp Street, Unit 106, West Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
Linda is a serious proponent of hydrangea culture via her ‘Strictly Hydrangeas’ upscale landscape maintenance business. And she executes her precision and attention in absolutely superb fashion at her own unique and attractive garden that encompasses two adjacent and very hydrangea-centric properties. Located in the pretty Mill Pond Village neighborhood, this surprising ’double’ has the expansive feature of being on the outside of a major turn in the road that creates an especially large backyard garden. Since the initial opening for the 2017 Festival, this garden has annually evolved with new features and plantings - truly a must-see continuing evolution of the garden and the gardener.  The site now boasts a collection of 325 hydrangea cultivars in various settings throughout both Linda’s property and that of her next-door neighbor’s - much to their delight! There are garden beds flanking the homes, along a backyard fence, and in several island beds and berms that unite the two properties. In addition to in-ground plantings, there are 25 containers adorning porches and patios, and strategically placed amongst the garden beds. In addition to the dominant hydrangeas, there are also many companion woodies, perennials, and exquisite pieces of garden art to catch your eye as you leisurely tour this hydrangea lover’s dream come true. A “Pot-n-Pot” container gardening demonstration will be held at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day. Parking is reasonable and will be marked and assisted via the docent team. Open for Tours: Sunday, July 10 & Thursday, July 14

Mal & Mary Kay Condon’s Garden - 181 Thacher Shore Rd, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is once again pleased to have the Condon’s ‘Hydrangea Farm’ on their Tour List. This garden has been on tour for every year of the Festival’s existence. The Condon’s were commercial hydrangea propagators and growers for 40 years and, as one might suspect, this is a very hydrangea-centric site. They continue to expand their ‘collections’ which now contain almost too many hydrangeas in ground with additional container specimens to emphasize this increasingly popular growing technique. H. macrophylla is the dominant species, along with collections of H. paniculata and H. quercifolia cultivars. More recently H. serrata and H. arborescens plantings have been added to the mix. The Condon’s are also serious veggie growers utilizing raised beds to produce a wide range of favorites. A somewhat struggling peach orchard is in the mix too along with an ample rhubarb collection. The challenge also includes a fig or two to provide sufficient ‘difficulties’ to keep the gardeners humble.   Mal ‘The Hydrangea Guy’ and Mary Kay will be giving “Summer Pinch Pruning Demonstrations” at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. This is an optional summer-time pruning technique for H. macrophyllas. Best done in July, this exercise creates a fuller plant, has a modest effect on plant height, and increases the potential for late season reblooming. The practice can also stimulate additional stem and bud development for more blooming the following summer. Each session will last about 45 minutes. Parking is good but the road is narrow; please park on the south side of the road, along the conservation property. This year the splendid garden of Cindy and Fred Ecker – near-by neighbor – is also on tour on July 14. This creates a special parking treat – two gardens can be toured with a single stop! Open for Tours: Sunday, July 10 & Thursday, July 14

Rick Murray’s Garden - 72 Keveney Lane, Cummaquid
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
This 1.2-acre property features a stunning planting of 100 H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’ along its 150-foot north border. A variety of other hydrangeas including H. macrophylla, H. quercifolia, H. paniculata, and H. serrata lines the southern border. A 60-foot berm in front of the property contains more than 50 varieties of hosta, fern and other shade-loving plants. A granite staircase and stone walkway from the driveway to the front entrance of the house is planted with a variety of dwarf conifers, creeping juniper, Japanese maples, a weeping Atlas cedar, a larch, various ground covers and other specimen plants. The back of the property is a park-like setting which features a variety of wind sculptures by Lyman Whitaker, whose work is represented in galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. Open for Tours: Sunday, July 10 & Thursday, July 14

All Gardens are Open 10AM-4PM Unless Otherwise Noted. Gardens are open only on the days listed. All Tours are Rain or Shine. Admission is $5 per Garden. Cash Only Day-Of at the Gardens. Event Admission May Vary.

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival Principal Sponsors are Monrovia PlantsProven WinnersHyannis Country GardenBloomin' Easy and Shorelines Illustrated.     


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