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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: Wednesday, July 13, 2022

BREWSTER

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

 

DENNIS

Seaside Sunsets, 2 William Crowell Road, Dennis   TIME: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Tour benefiting Village Garden Club of Dennis

Come for the hydrangeas, stay for the sunset! Enjoy this rare evening garden viewing, perhaps, after you take in an early dinner at one of the many restaurants along historic route 6A. This newer Cape Cod Garden boasts many garden beds which have been nurtured by the work of a newer, ‘accidental’, gardener. The grounds contain a vibrant mixture of hundreds of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees and, of course, hydrangeas. Over 130 hydrangeas in all representing more than 15 varieties across the color spectrum- blue, pink, white, red, and purple!  Walk this over one acre property sited magnificently and directly on Cape Cod Bay. Stay for the sunsets, which are spectacular. Take pictures or have a glass of wine offered for sale by the Village Garden Club of Dennis, all proceeds to go to the club’s Community Outreach and Scholarship Programs. Sit by the pool and enjoy the serenity of a 180-degree view of the entirety of Cape Cod Bay. Linda Coven, owner of Strictly Hydrangeas, will be giving a “Summer Pinch Pruning Demonstration” at 7pm.  This is an optional summer-time pruning technique for H.macroophyllas. Best done in July, this exercise creates a fuller plant, checks plant height, re-exposes the flower line by the cutting back of errant stems, increases the potential for late season reblooming and stimulates additional stem and bud development for additional blooming the following season. Please, park only, and for free, in the adjacent Corporation Beach parking lot.  The home can be accessed as indicated from the parking lot. 

FALMOUTH
Chapman’s Garden - 28 Sady’s Lane, E. Falmouth
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

Change is a constant in life and in our garden. Reworking and redesigning our garden beds allows us the opportunity to add new hydrangeas and plants of all kinds. While archways and espaliers remain to anchor the garden there are dramatic changes in our plantings every year. A special feature for this year only is the addition of a tropical garden. This along with our latest venture of cultivated conifers in homemade containers add extra interest and surprise to your garden experience. Regardless of the scale of your garden and the depth of your experience be prepared to be inspired with practical ideas that you can take away and apply elsewhere. Our garden has been featured in Falmouth Living, Cape Cod Home, and Fine Gardening magazines. Open for Tours: Saturday, July 9 & Wednesday, July 13

ORLEANS

A Wonder of Nature - 34 Sea Mist Drive, Orleans
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary-Orleans Branch

Nestled into a hillside overlooking Uncle Harvey’s Pond, this diverse garden is a series of garden rooms, with many native plants, that unfolds as one walks around the property. The front perennial garden unfolds with a mixed border of trees, shrubs and perennials. Past the front entrance is a small shade garden. The rear garden features two borders giving way to the untamed landscape beyond. Opposite this border is the Japanese garden under the large, shaded deck. As a visitor descends the hillside, they will experience a mix of ornamental and native shrubs and trees before arriving at a small path that leads to the pond. Open for Tours:  Wednesday, July 13 & Thursday, July 14
DIRECTIONS:
  Begin at the intersection of Rte. 6A and Eldredge Parkway (Skaket Corners).  Take Eldredge Parkway 0.7 miles to lights and the intersection of Rte. 28.  Go straight for 0.2 miles to the lights at Main St.  Turn right at the light.  Go 1 mile.  Take a slight right onto Barley Neck Rd. and continue 0.2 miles.  Take a slight right to continue on Barley Neck Rd. for 0.6 miles.  Turn left onto Sea Mist Drive and go to the cul de sac at the end. PARKING: On the street. ACCESSIBILITY: Garden area flat.

Ocean Bluff Garden - 13 Standish Road, East Orleans
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary-Orleans Branch

Gardening on this windswept bluff by the ocean is always a challenge.  The wind, salt air, and Mother Nature are constant competitors.  We continually experiment, and plant what we hope will survive and thrive.  But our plantings play second fiddle to the spectacular view of Nauset inlet, marsh, beach and ocean. This has been a family property for more than 100 years, and our grandchildren are the sixth generation to spend summers here.  The first house was a cottage ordered from the Sears catalogue, and the current home was rebuilt in 2015 after a major fire.  Feel free to visit the porch and the garden shed.Open for Tours: Wednesday, July 13 & Thursday, July 14
DIRECTIONS:
  Begin at the intersection of Rte. 6A and Eldredge Parkway (Skaket Corners).  Take Eldredge Parkway 0.7 miles to lights and the intersection of Rte. 28.  Go straight for 0.2 miles to lights at Main St.  Turn right at the lights.  Go 1 mile.  Take a slight left onto Beach Rd.  Go 1.2 miles.  Take a slight left onto Nauset Heights Rd. for 0.7 miles.  Continue forward onto Standish Rd. at the intersection with Priscilla Rd.  # 13 Standish Rd. is on the right. PARKING:  On the Road, same side as garden tour house. ACCESSIBILITY:  Flat land.  Stone driveway at entrance to property.

 

An Abundance of Interesting Seasonal Plantings - 6 Seavers Road, Orleans
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary-Orleans Branch

These gardens contain a variety of shade, sun, and mixed daylight exposures. At one time there were 33 trees that were blown down in a nasty storm eliminating a great deal of shade, however, fortunately, all plants survived! Plants have been added and rearranged in these gardens over a period of 19+ years. One of the owners’ favorite plants is the Hydrangea. Among the collection of Hydrangeas are the Big Leaf, Little Lime, Glowing Embers, Hobella, Jack Frost, Strawberries & Cream and Mophead varieties. The colors vary somewhat year to year, based on the ph of the soil. There will be a CRAFT BOOTH at this location. Open for Tours: Wednesday, July 13 & Thursday, July 14
DIRECTIONS:
 Begin at the intersection of Rte. 6A and Eldredge Parkway (Skaket Corners).  Take Eldredge Parkway 0.7 miles to lights and the intersection of Rte. 28.  Go straight on Tonset Rd. 1.7 miles. Turn left on to Gibson Rd. (Gibson Rd. intersects Tonset Rd. twice… be sure to take the SECOND one) First right is Seavers Rd. In .2 miles the garden is on your right. PARKING: On road, same side as garden tour house. ACCESSIBILITY: Garden area flat.

SANDWICH

Bowker’s Garden - 151 Old County Road, East Sandwich
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

Mary and Roger – both Master Gardeners – purchased their historic former dairy farm in 2001 and have spent the last two decades rescuing 15 acres from invasive plants. On four acres they have created garden rooms around a gazebo and pergola dotted with statuary. They have over 50 hydrangeas naturalized throughout the garden as well as in pots and urns, matching the cultivars to the microclimates on the property. The site also contains a formal herb garden, an orchard, beehives and peaceful sitting areas. The Bowker’s especially enjoy their extensive vegetable patch growing 40 types of tomatoes, figs, and other favorites. The Bowker’s home is a short drive from The Chase Road exit off of the Mid-Cape highway (Route 6.) Driveway parking allows for 6 or 7 cars, roadside parking is also available. 

Award Winning Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden 
Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Rd, East Sandwich

The Shirley Cross Wildflower Garden and the gardens of the Historic Jam Kitchen will be a tour delight. A nest in nature, the gardens of Green Briar are a place to pause and appreciate the beauty of flowers in a unique setting. From shade to sun, from damp to dry, many floral examples will be blooming- lobelia, thermopsis, baptisia, oh my! Favorites of hummingbirds and butterflies, endangered and rare, plentiful and seedy, visit and learn about wildflowers. Tours of the Wildflower Garden will be ongoing throughout the day. Many hydrangeas will be in bloom, and the gorgeous garden beds of the Jam Kitchen will delight. The Mercantile will be open, offering a selection of local and homemade jams and jellies, as well as, Thornton Burgess Gallery. Facilities available and accessible. Directions: Off of 6A / Old Kings Hwy, turn onto Discovery Hill Rd. Green Briar sign on 6A.


Hidden Garden - 9 Summer Street, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Green Briar Nature Center

A Hydrangea Festival number one stop! A garden full of charm with a layout that understands display. Fondly known as the Hedge House, this garden is set in the quaint village of Sandwich. Dahlias of many shades, layers of morning glories, an old grapevine shading the pergola... Many different perennials and annuals will be blooming, as well as several examples of hydrangeas in shades of pink to blue to deep purple. Hydrangea highlights - Abracadabra, Mop Heads, Smoke Bush and others. Combining form and function, the kitchen garden is a display ready for summertime eating. From the street the charm and blooms are secluded, hidden behind a tall privet hedge making this a secret stop along the tour garden and an absolute favorite. Directions: Continue on Main St., right on Summer St. 

 A Nook of Nature - Opposite 4 Bankowski St, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Green Briar Nature Center

This Cape-style home is surrounded by a 360º cottage garden that includes many varieties of trees (Magnolia, Japanese Maple, Holly,) shrubs, perennials, succulents and annuals, including many flowering varieties. A selection of hydrangeas, day lilies, and hosta of varied sizes and coloration are spread around the garden along with some hidden and not so hidden surprises. The garden is also home to a twin-waterfall goldfish pond that provides a perfect spot for relaxation and meditation. The garden is accessible via an easement located adjacent to #4 Bankowski Street, just off of Rte. 130 in Sandwich.  Parking is on-street only and some short walking around the corner may be necessary.  Follow the stone driveway next to the red mailbox to access the Nook of Nature.

The Fornari Garden at Poison Ivy Acres - 2 Lawrence Pond Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefitting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod

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.

18 Quaker Road, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Sandwich Arts Alliance

Just a stones throw past the historical Quaker Meeting House is 18 Quaker Road in East Sandwich. This area is listed in the National  Registry of Historical places; which dates back to 1672 when the first Meeting  House was built. The gardens are designed to attract Native Cape Cod wildlife! The front and sides are planted with native shrubs and trees to feed and shelter insects, birds, and other wildlife to maintain the wild Cape Cod landscape. This required careful identification of species growing in the nearby woods. A long flower border in the sunny backyard attracts hummingbirds butterflies, and other pollinators. Here you’ll see iris, bee balm, yarrow, meadow rue, butterfly bushes, native and old-fashion hardy hibiscus and dwarf hydrangeas. Native oak-leaf hydrangeas grow in the front, and two Paniculata cultivars - Little Lime and Bobo - bloom in the sunny backyard. The owners will give guided tours and answer questions. $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, books, and more!

YARMOUTH

Strictly Hydrangeas - 121 Camp St. Unit 106, W. Yarmouth
Tour benefitting Master Gardener 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.  Open for Tours: Monday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Parking is reasonable and will be marked and assisted by the docent team. 
 

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.

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