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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: Tuesday, July 12, 2022


Garden Tour at 11 Holly Lane, Barnstable
Tour benfitting Unitarian Church of Barnstable

The Littlefield’s garden is a place of variety in both native growth and newer gardens, walkways, and structures. The property includes wetlands, woodland (with wildlife), lots of herbs , perennials, shrubs, and annuals, as well as new raised beds for a vegetable garden. It is a work in progress, designed by a creative couple who take their inspirations from the nature of Cape Cod, gardens they visit elsewhere, and their own aesthetic sensibilities. Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with the owners and learn about their dreams for the garden and their efforts at turning them into reality. It seems a good place to get ideas and tips from folks making it happen as you visit.

Pat’s Whimsical Literary Gardens - 244 Rolling Hitch Rd. Centerville
Tour benefitting Master Garner Association of Cape Cod
Tip Talk Topic: Planning out your gardens.

This former educator/Master Gardener’s gardens feature a variety of pathways and arches that lead to numerous beds of perennials, annuals, as well as 25 hydrangeas. There are shade gardens, lilies, rose and lavender beds all punctuating the air with fragrance and color attracting a variety of pollinators. Ladies mantle, cosmos, catmint, astilbe, daisies, dahlias, hostas, lambs’ ears, beebalm, peonies, salvias, cardinal flowers, black eyed Susan’s, irises, Joe Pye weed, and more, overflow the lush peaceful landscape. Unique birdhouses, feeders, birdbaths, with sitting areas and memorial benches, whimsical fairy tale / animal statues and glass globes that reflect natures beauties. A lower garden accented by three arches contains raised beds of organic vegetables and herbs growing next to a hillside of native plants..several kinds of asters, milkweed, goldenrod and more. There are many pastel rose of Sharon trees, arborvitae, two apple trees and feature a native young tulip tree.

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 a wow 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 P M (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.

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.

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.


Colorful Garden - 57 Tamer Lane, Brewster
Tour benefiting Garden Club of Brewster
Would you like to see a landscape which reduces lawn area, intersperses native plants among specimens, and reduces intensive gardening labor?  Visit this Tamer Lane, medium sized lot, located on a peaceful cul-de-sac.  Find the natives such as inkberries, oakleaf hydrangeas, fothergillas, viburnums, blueberries, ninebarks and river birches among beautiful specimen shrubs and trees.  A lovely example of how to incorporate natives into an existing garden while reducing regular maintenance with less lawn and more shrubs, creating an esthetically pleasing contribution to the environment.Would you like to see a landscape which reduces lawn area, intersperses native plants among specimens, and reduces intensive gardening labor?  Visit this Tamer Lane, medium sized lot, located on a peaceful cul-de-sac.  Find the natives such as inkberries, oakleaf hydrangeas, fothergillas, viburnums, blueberries, ninebarks and river birches among beautiful specimen shrubs and trees.  A lovely example of how to incorporate natives into an existing garden while reducing regular maintenance with less lawn and more shrubs, creating an esthetically pleasing contribution to the environment.
Open for Tours:  July 12th & 13th 2022
Garden Directions:
Route 137 to Millstone Road turn on Russell’s Path to Aunt Sophie’s Road, take a left onto Tamer Lane.  House is second one on the left.
Accessibility:  Accessible

A Little Variety - 2091 Main Street, Brewster
Tour benefiting Garden Club of Brewster

With several places to sit and enjoy, the gardens off Main St. provide a private hideaway right in the middle of Brewster. The owner is a self-described gardener – “like this, like that, and try to make the whole thing a pleasing sanctuary”. Drawing on his early life in a North Wales home with extensive formal and kitchen gardens , over the past 30 years he has single handedly transformed a plain 1.5 acre yard into a collection of gardens with imagination and obvious hard work. You’ll find mophead hydrangeas, Ken Janeck (dwarf variety), Blushing Bride, Bloomstruck, and Bailmer. The flower beds include Hosta, nepeta, lavender, monarda, allium, shasta daisies, tickseed coreopsis, dianthus, salvia, gaura, campanula, yarrow, astilbe, day lilies, lithodora and cerastium.  It’s a haven for pollinators. Shrub roses include Grace & Grit and some knockout varieties. A variety of evergreens  include older Ino Cypress, Blue and Dwarf Alberta Spruce, hollies, and others. Visit the enclosed raised vegetable beds and peak into a wonderful greenhouse that extends the growing season. This is a hidden gem. Open for Tours:  July 12th & 13th 2022
Garden Directions:
Route 6A to 2091 Main Street (between APT and Spinnaker Restaurants).  The driveway leads through wooden gates to the property.
Accessibility:  Discretionary – uneven land, soft ground, or sets of stairs.  Gravel driveway but wheelchair accessible to some over grass.

The Gardens of the Historic Candleberry Inn - 1882 Main Street, Brewster
Tour benefiting Garden Club of Brewster
The Candleberry Inn dates back to the 1700’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The stately gardens and expansive lawns create a dramatic setting for this graceful Georgian edifice. Open for Tours:  July 12th & 13th 2022
Garden Directions:
Located on route 6A in Brewster. Accessibility:  Accessible

Garden Tour at 69 Howes Road, Brewster
Tour benefiting Brewster Ponds Coalition 

The owners of this unique, alternative garden near Sheep Pond have worked with Terra Firma Permagarden to mitigate their roof runoff, capturing it in downspout keyhole gardens and lithic swales. The terraced garden beds which surround the rock-lined keyhole were planted with native high- and low-bush blueberry bushes and native bearberry, demonstrating key ecosystem management techniques while providing color and beauty. Directions:  From Long Pond Rd (137), take Right onto Crowells Bog (for 2 miles), which runs into Sheep Pond. Take Right onto Howes after 800 ft. # 69 Howes is on your right. Open for Tours:  July 12th & 13th 2022


Marsh View - 120 Dyer Prince, Eastham
Tour benefitting Eastham Public Library
This garden was the crowd favorite last year and returns because no one could get enough of it.  There is so much creativity packed into every corner. Hand painted signs will make you chuckle.  Wander paths under arbors and through multiple gates into distinctly different areas.  The owner has used ‘found objects’, fences, pieces of old architecture and a ladder in original and whimsical ways. The entire layout, with several small sheds, creates the feel of a tiny village.  You may find music here as well as many creative ideas to make your own property more intriguing.

Donelle’s Seaside Garden - 560 Dyer prince Road, Eastham
Tour benefitting Eastham Public Library
Three years ago, this was a wooded lot but today you will roam many outdoor rooms that are brilliant.  Set between Rock Harbor Marsh and Cape Cod Bay, this garden offers something for everyone. Begin with one of the oldest oak trees in Eastham sheltering a whimsical water feature.  Move to a small fruit orchard surrounded by Hosta, hydrangea, and dogwood.  Find the peaceful Memory Garden with cast iron furniture, evergreens and Japanese maples.  The vegetable garden, itself, is inspiring with large, raised beds.  End at the gazebo with stunning grasses and ornamental trees. The owner, a Master Gardener, will be on-hand to answer your questions and share her inspiration.

Planting for Pollinators - 210 Widgeon Drive, Eastham
Tour benefitting Eastham Public Library
Two years ago, these owners acquired a home with a lovely, mature landscape, but wanted a more native garden to encourage pollinators.  Within the first year, and with quite a few Zoom courses (Oudoulf, Tallamy, Native Plant Trust) under their belts, they began tearing out the Leland Cypress, Bradford Pear and a large swath of lawn.  Phase one is a large border of native grasses and pollinator plants, raised beds for vegetables and a handy garden shed.  Extra points if you find a constellation on a stem. It is Allium Schubertii, one of the most exotic flowers ever.

Gardening for Body and Soul - 1020 Samoset Road, Eastham
Tour benefitting Eastham Public Library
This small garden is an explosion of colors and tastes.  It began just three years ago from overgrown bittersweet and poison ivy to became a literal oasis for insects, critters, veggies, berries and flowers. While you think that you can see everything from the road, you actually have no idea what can be found here until you chat with the owners.  You will learn about Hügelkultur (German for “hill culture“) using logs, branches, leaves and composted soil to achieve optimal drainage, increased sustainability and ultimately, a garden that achieves amazing crop diversity, resilience, and natural productivity seldom seen on Cape Cod.

A Day at the Pool - 20 Beverly Road, Eastham
Tour benefitting Eastham Public Library

We first featured this garden in 2017 with no idea how it would evolve.  It was stunning then and magnificent now. The entry plantings at the gate are beautiful so you know that inside will be extraordinary.   Huge urns with tall trees and plantings surrounding the pool which became the centerpiece of this garden but the surrounding gardens steal the show with a large bank of pachysandra and paths through hydrangea, daisies, lilies, dappled willow, and other perennials.  Starting with an overgrown, featureless landscape in 2012, these gardeners have created paradise. Live here and you would never want to go anywhere else.


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 Bowker Horticultural Society -151 Old County Road, E. Sandwich
Tour benefiting Master Gardner Association of Cape Cod

Tip Talk Topic: Reclaiming your yard from invasive plants and enhancing your marriage through vegetable gardening. Mary and Roger Bowker, both Master Gardeners, purchased their historic former dairy farm in 2001 and have spent the last 19 years rescuing 15 acres from invasive plants. On four acres, they have created garden rooms around a gazebo and pergola dotted with hydrangeas and statuary. There is a formal herb garden, and orchard and serene landscapes. They enjoy their extensive vegetable patch where he, an avowed carnivore and she, and enthusiastic aficionado of all things green and edible, happily work side by side, hoes in hand, experimenting with fruits and vegetables. 

Garden of Holder Hills - 3 Holder Ln, Sandwich
Tour benefitting Sandwich Arts Alliance

Hidden away in QuakerHills, a wink away from Sandwich Village and The Quaker Meeting House, is The Garden at Holderhills. In the midst of Christopher’s Hollow, named for Christopher Holder, who conducted meetings of fellowship for the Quakers-in the secret hills of Sandwich; is the secret garden filled with nature plantings, heaths and heather , Lillie’s and of course Hydrangeas! Follow the gardens as they turn here and there, with around the corner surprises, set on top of a drumlin. A sanctuary for birds, a quiet respite for a summer day!$5.00 donation to benefit the Sandwich Arts Alliance. Also, check the Sandwich Arts Alliance website for Hydrangea Festival activities and local Artists’ paintings and Cape Cod hand -crafted gifts.


My Cape Cod Dream Garden - 8 Village Lane, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Yarmouth Port Library

 I am excited to share my gardens! My property has areas and "rooms" of interest.
There is the Monet area, wine room, breakfast room, the Bodacious cutting garden with annuals, perennials, and dahlias.  I have my reflection room and hosta gardens.   But most unusual is my fairy garden complete with a castle, waterfall, moat, houses, and fairies of course!  You will see hydrangeas, roses, sedum and MORE. There are places to sit and enjoy the gardens. There are over 20 birdhouses built with love by "My Bobby".  There will be one birdhouse built for this tour that you can take a chance on winning. This IS my Cape Cod Dream come true! The ground is slightly uneven with a couple steps from the patio. Directions:  From Hyannis: take route 6, take exit 74, at end of ramp take a left (north) onto Union.  1.4 miles down on left is Village Lane (a cul de sac).  From 6A:  turn south on Union, then the first right onto Village Lane. Parking around the circle-right side only, on one side of Union St, or by the playground on 6A just around the corner.

The Coppelman Garden - 39 Belle of The West Rd, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Yarmouth Port Library

Situated to provide a magnificent view of Cape Cod Bay, this garden is artistically planted.   It features places to gather, enhanced with a colorful selection of flowers and shrubs to emphasize the vistas. Directions: From Rt 6A, Yarmouth Port, (near the fire station) turn onto Red Jacket Rd, make a second left continuing on Red Jacket Rd, turn right onto Belle of the West Rd.


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.