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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: Monday, July 11, 2022


The Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast - 70 Gosnold St, Hyannis
Tour benefitting Hyannis Public Library

Back in the day when the Old Colony Railway extended down present-day Old Colony Road in Hyannis and ended at the wharf in Nantucket Sound, travelers were always in need of a place to stay.  In the early 1900s, Mrs. Walley of the Hillcrest accommodated those folks by serving meals and renting rooms. Together, with her husband, daughter, and grandson, the family operated a comfortable and homey guest house.  Fast forward to the summer of 2022.  David and Linda Bennett, current owners and innkeepers are privileged to keep Mrs. Walley’s legacy alive.  For the past 17 years, David and Linda have welcomed guests into their charming 3-bedroom inn, often described by visitors as “a home away from home.”  The grounds are a work in progress.  Linda has diligently crafted a landscape of beauty, serenity, and relaxation. Come and walk around the property.  You’ll see a dozen gorgeous hydrangeas, beach grass, lilies, colorful impatiens, assorted perennials, and annuals.  Have a seat under the gazebo while enjoying a glass of iced tea and a delicious scone for which Linda is becoming increasingly famous! Open for tours: July 9 & July 11. Parking:  all along Walley Ct.  extending around the corner (neighbors and DPW notified!) and/or along the front of the property on Gosnold St.  If you are heading to the garden at 121 Gosnold Street, you may leave your car and walk.

The House That Dad Built - 121 Gosnold St., Hyannis
Tour benefitting Hyannis Public Library

Larry Rayment’s dad built this house.  The year was 1946 and as Larry Sr. was digging the foundation, the earth caved in and he was pinned in an avalanche of dirt and sand.  Luckily, the next door neighbor came to his rescue and pulled him out.  It was surely a saga of true grit. As the Rayment family settled in to their newly built home, they looked to the land surrounding it and what naturally followed was a plan to cultivate the soil and develop an organic landscape. Thus, the garden was born on the southeast side of the property. As a youngster, Larry joined in with hard work and resolve and the vegetable garden flourished. Their harvest was abundant.  So, Larry and his grandad set up a vegetable stand in front of their house on the side of Gosnold Street.   So it went during the summers of Larry’s childhood, vegetables aplenty and happy, friendly neighbors and customers. Now Larry and his wife, Sharon, own “the house that Dad built” and oh how their gardens grow! Today, on the corner of Gosnold and Estey nestled behind a neatly trimmed privet hedge, a once young Larry is still playing in the dirt.  His magnificent garden stretches out like a masterpiece.  What used to be all vegetables has expanded into a mass of perennials and annuals with a smaller nod to the historic vegetable garden.  There was a time when Sharon joined Larry digging in the soil but what Sharon likes to do now is display several container gardens along the edge of their backyard deck.  And, oh by the way, while you’re admiring the immediate surroundings, take a look southward to enjoy the lovely view of the marshland and just beyond that, you can sneak a peek of the sparkling waters of Nantucket sound! Open for tours: July 9 & July 11. Parking:  along Estey on the right-hand side.  If you are heading to the garden at 70 Gosnold Street, you may leave your car and walk.

Maggie Crowley's Garden - 4181 Main Street, Cummaquid
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library

Bought from Bert French in 1994, Maggie Crowley's extensive historic property runs to 13 acres of mixed fields and woodlands, including Bert's apple and peach orchards, his blueberry trees and grass fields bordered on the south side by railroad tracks, and his aptly named No Bottom Pond.  Please avoid the latter!  Doing all her own work, Maggie has added extensive gardens, mixing vegetables with annual and perennial flower beds.  Despite a lack of hydrangeas, the gardens produce a riot of color in August, thanks in part of large clusters of crocosmia, scented lilies and giant dahlias, and there should be plenty to see in July.  Familiar to many passersby for its lengthy tree-lined approach, the house can just be seen from 6A, and this is your chance to see the hidden gardens to which that enticing drive leads.  Ample parking provided along the private drive; follow the signs. Open for Tours: July 9 & 11.

Martine Amundson's Garden - 59 Salten Point Road, Barnstable Village
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
Enjoy a stroll through these abundant gardens, entirely recreated 5 years ago when the owners purchased the property.  Hundreds of cherished perennials and shrubs were brought from their Brewster home, now flourishing with a continued effort to amend the clay soil.  Both sun and shade gardens overflow with a variety of hydrangea, peonies, day lilies, hosta, foxglove, hibiscus, lobelia, salvia, lavender, gaura and roses, while tree lovers will note the coral bark maple and river birch trees.  A rose and dahlia garden and perennials wrap around the house, offering tranquil westerly views of Barnstable Harbor and Sandy Neck.  The owners added a spectacular stone patio with fireplace; note the boulders at the base of the fireplace--they were found on the property and moved to create the unique foundation.  Garden pots of vibrant annuals and stone statuary add to the garden's charm, and if you are lucky, you will see many of the pollinators--bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds--appreciating the planned habitat that happily invites and supports them. Park along the roadside, according to signage.  Open for Tours: July 9 & 11.

Bob and Jane Allen's Garden - 44 Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable Village
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
Situated steps away from where militia of Barnstable County assembled to march to Boston for the Battle of Bunker Hill, this historic home (the Chamberlain Sprague House, ca. 1825) is surrounded by idyllic perennial gardens.  Harmonious waves of color move the visitor through the corner property, delighting everyone with typical Cape Cod plantings, a stone sculpture, a bird weathervane, birdbaths and many varieties of hostas and lilies. Circle behind the house to discover the hidden brick patio and its lily garden. Wander across the drive and discover the garden shed, complete with an antique colored glass window, a pergola and a swing.  And be sure to view the homeowner’s selection of clay artwork in the enclosed area behind the garage.  The gardens have been designed by the owner, a Master Gardener, to provide for continuous color from early spring into late fall.  This garden contains specimen paniculata and other varieties of hydrangeas, climbing vines and more. It is entirely the creation of its owners who with occasional help do the work themselves. It has been designed with the historic nature of the property and neighborhood in mind and may inspire you to new heights in your own garden masterpiece.  Please park along the right side of Rendezvous Lane as you enter; #44 is on the right of the first block of the lane.  Open for Tours: July 9 & 11.

Kerry and Bob Dyka's Garden - 30 Tally Ho Road, Barnstable Village
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
Here, hydrangeas make a vibrant show--Little Limes, Bobos and Paniculata--along the house front and roadside, all plants Kerry propagated herself.  Bought 34 years ago, while still heavily wooded, the property has been cleared and transformed by its owners, who have introduced a collection of lovely burning bushes, twin holly trees, a birch and magnificent Japanese maple, along with a stand of white pine, all planted while each seedling was a mere several inches high.  A little rock garden marks the entrance, and a charming small barn and paddock, its fence framing more hydrangeas and a purple butterfly bush, show where, until recently, Kerry's collection of miniature horses reigned supreme. Ample parking along white pines, at front of property at the end of Tally Ho circle.  Open for Tours: July 9 & 11.

Chorus of Color on Little Island - 251 Bridge Street Little Island Osterville
Tour benefitting Osterville Village Library

 Wander in rapt amazement, floral perennials and Nikko and Fire Hydrangeas guide your footsteps through this "Chorus of Color on Little Island" choreographed and conducted by Kara McGrath Designs. Old fashioned blue Nikko Hydrangeas and pink Fire Hydrangeas welcome you to the front street area of this property. White incredible Annabelle Hydrangeas paired with green and white Hostas, white Astilbe and more Nikko blue hydrangeas line the front of the house creating awow factor. Surrounding the flag pole area Limelight Hydrangeas also with white Gaura and white Potentilla bushes continue the colors in more subdued fashion. Entering the large sunny back yard you will find additional varieties of Hydrangeas. Blue Russian sage and Butterfly bush attract pollinators and connect the colors from the front to the backyard. Perennials such as Sedum, Phlox, and Guara guide you along the walk towards the patio.. Completing the look, large green pottery filled with annuals connect the home owners interior color pallet with the exterior. Date(s) Open for tours: July 11th and 12th 10 AM- 3 PM (last visitors arrive at 3)
Garden Directions:
Osterville, Main Street to Parker Rd., on the West Bay Rd, Left at Bridge Street, go over the Oyster Harbors bridge and property will be a bit up on the left.
Garden Parking: Alongside South Bay Rd. Garden Handicapped Accessibility: Accessible: flat land, hard ground, stone or paved walkways. Wheelchair or walker friendly.

Danny’s Garden - 21 Captain Alden’s Lane, Osterville
Tour benefitting Osterville Village Library
This immaculate garden was created over the years from a typical Cape Cod pine tree lot. Sit in one of the outdoor spaces and enjoy the magic and peacefulness that bird watching and butterfly viewing provides. Seasonal color fills the gardens with azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas along with old fashion colorful perennials. You will want to replicate this garden in your own yard as you picture your grandkids frocking on the lush lawn while you enjoy a book in your own peaceful oasis. Date(s) Open for tours: July 11th and 12th (last visitors arrive at 3). Garden Directions: off Rt 28 in Osterville. Garden Parking: street parking, not in driveway. The garden is flat and handicapped accessible. There is seating throughout the garden.


Garden at Bass River Heights - 1 Thirza's Way, West Dennis
Tour benefiting West Dennis Garden Club

Located in a secluded neighborhood, at the end of the Bass River, is Wrinkle Point, a 60-year old gated community. One Thirza's Way is surrounded with Hydrangeas, which will greet you as you approach the property. As you stroll towards the back of the yard, you will pass various types of Hydrangeas which have been planted over the 50 years the home has been inhabited by four generations of the same family. The backyard has a small English Garden that the owners enjoy from their sun room as they sit and view the activity on Bass River. The embankment leading down to the beach is covered with Rosa Regosa and other wild Cape Cod vegetation. Come and sit on the deck and view the blue Hydrangeas and the Lilies with a calm southerly breeze keeping you cool, as you ponder which garden to visit next on your tour. Open for tours: July 11 & July 12.


The Fornari Gardens -  2 Lawrence Pond Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefitting Sandwich Food Pantry
If you love abundant flowers and a large kitchen garden, you’ll enjoy walking this landscape created by Dan (a scientist) and C.L. (the author of eight gardening books). Walk through the cutting garden and trial beds up top. See the solar-heated seed-starting shed, and the rustic fence Dan built out of locust. Sit in the shade of the grape arbor, note the abundant use of containers around the house, and enjoy the perennial beds and vegetable garden. Ask about the magical stump plantings, the rain garden, and blueberry patch. See many hydrangeas (mostly labeled), an assortment of groundcovers, flowering perennials, and a wide selection of shrubs and trees. This garden is located on one of Cape Cod’s lovely lakes. 


Strictly Hydrangeas - 121 Camp St. Unit 106, W. Yarmouth
Tour benefitting Master Gardeners Association of Cape Cod

Tip Talk Topic: “Pot-N-Pot” container gardening demonstration will be held at 11:00am and 2:00pm each day.
Strictly Hydrangeas!!! This unusual and surprisingly expansive garden encompasses two adjacent very hydrangea-centric properties.  Located in pretty Mill Pond Village, this garden has continued to evolve since it was first showcased in 2016.  Under Linda’s watchful care, this park-like setting now boasts 350 hydrangea cultivars in various settings throughout both her yard and that of her next-door neighbors (much to their delight).  There are garden beds flanking both homes, along the backyard stockade fence, in several island beds, a rather large kidney shaped berm, and a secret garden. In addition to in-ground plantings, there are 25 containers adorning the porches and patio planted with hydrangeas and perennials using the ‘Pot-n-Pot’ method. In addition to the dominant hydrangeas there are many companion evergreen shrubs, perennials, and exquisite pieces of garden art to catch your eye as you leisurely tour this hydrangea lover’s dream come true. Parking is reasonable and will be marked and assisted by the docent team. Open for Tours: July 11 & July 13.

 The Condon Garden - 181 Thacher Shore Rd, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefitting Yarmouth Port Library

The Condons 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 300 plus hydrangeas in the ground with additional container specimens to emphasize this growing technique. H. macrophylla is the dominant species, along with collections of H. paniculata and H. quercifolia cultivars. More recently a number of H. serrata and H. arborescens plants have been added to the mix. The Condons are also serious veggie growers utilizing raised beds to produce a wide range of favorites. Fruit is in the mix too – berries and figs (always hopeful) – and a new orchard of peaches and plums is developing. Directions: From 6A turn onto Church St, take a slight left turn onto Thacher Shore Rd. Parking is available on Thacher Shore Road, but the street is narrow. Please park along the south side of the street along side the conservation property.

Singing Marshes - 70 Alms House Road, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefitting Yarmouth Port Library

This interesting garden borders conservation land and overlooks Barnstable Harbor and the Lighthouse at Sandy Neck. The home is situated down a narrow road, among the oaks and pines. The gardener has her own kitchen garden containing raspberries, blueberries, beach plums, and vegetables such as asparagus, rhubarb, squash, beans, and cucumbers. The unique fencing was fashioned to keep out deer, foxes, rabbits, and other wildlife. The property features walking paths through the beach plum and juniper shrubs to views of the marsh beyond. Hydrangeas flourish on the home’s north side. An interesting arbor, constructed by a friend from small cedar trees, stands by the garden shed. This is a rare opportunity to visit this special place. Directions: From Rt 6A, turn onto Center Street, turn left on to Alms House Rd. and bear left at the fork. Drive just past the property to the small lot. Park at the small lot just past the house.  Parking is also available at the Gray’s Beach parking lot with a Town of Yarmouth beach sticker.

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. All Tours are Rain or Shine. Event Admission May Vary.

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