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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

 

BREWSTER

Pollinator Garden--Honeybees and Hydrangeas, 119 North Pond Drive, Brewster
Tour benefiting Brewster Ponds Coalition

This sloping garden is as hardworking as it is beautiful. Combining conservation and aesthetic goals, owners Cal and Karen Mutti have nurtured a lush ecosystem among their several varieties of hydrangeas, and over a dozen other flowering plants, trees, and bushes - all selected because they provide pollen and nectar for butterflies, native and non-native bees, and birds.  Active members of the Brewster Ponds Coalition, the Muttis are also excited to share details of how their newly installed alternative septic system contributes to protecting the environment bordering on beautiful Blueberry Pond.  Two more bonuses await!  Complete your tour with a peek at Cal’s honey beehive, home to approximately 40,000 Italian honeybees. Then walk just 250 feet to the large neighborhood rain garden/stormwater filtration basin which helps prevent road runoff from polluting Blueberry Pond.  (Planned and jointly financed by a cooperative effort of 3 Brewster community organizations and completed in 2017.) Open for Tours: July 13th and July 14th. Directions: From RT 6A. Turn onto Millstone Road and follow for 1 mile. Right onto Lund Farm Way (Brewster Green/Millstone Village) and proceed for .4 miles.  At stop sign turn right for .1 mile.  Turn left onto North Pond Drive and go .2 of mile to #119, on the right.  From State Route 137, turn onto Millstone Road and proceed 1.5 miles.  Turn left onto Lund Farm Way.  Proceed for .4 miles.  At the stop sign turn right of .1 miles.  Turn left onto North Pond Drivel and go .2 miles to #119 on the right. Garden Parking:  On the street, very little traffic, plenty of room.  Accessibility: Discretionary & Difficult.  Good views and perspective from the street; rock ledge stairway, not wheelchair friendly. Walkers would work.  Discretion advised. DOGS DEFINITELY WELCOME!
 

Step into Eden, 900 Satucket Road, Brewster 
Tour benefiting Brewster Garden Club

…..on this six-acre estate located on Mill Pond in Brewster.  An English Garden inspired by the owners’ time abroad features climbing roses, a sea of alliums in spring, and a vibrant border in summer.  Walk down an allée of linden trees lined with foxglove leading to a custom stone bench.  From there you get a great view of the large pond teeming with fish, water lilies, and a multitude of aquatic and wetland plants.  Surrounding the pond, you will find a native pollinator border buzzing with life.  A gentle stream leads to a Japanese-inspired shaded path full of evergreens, miniature pines, maples, and miniature ginkgo.  A newly installed greenhouse surrounded by a large cutting garden provides color and fragrance, while a large vegetable garden produces bundles of delicious organic produce.  Shading the mossy ground and intricate stonework, the property’s mature trees are any plant lover's dream, rounding out a garden that begs to be explored. Open for tours: July 13th & July 14th.

 

Behind the Scenes of an Organic Farm - Halcyon Farm, 3915 Main Street (Rte 6A), Brewster  
Tour benefiting Brewster Garden Club
Look for a wondrous bank of white panicle hydrangeas on historic Old Kings Highway in East Brewster. Halcyon Farm is small-scale regenerative vegetable operation and farm stay B&B.  Founded by Lucas Dinwiddie in 2000, the land has been transformed into a fully operational market farm with an amazing array of vegetables and flowers. The property has been thoughtfully and deliberately laid out to maximize growing area while allowing B&B guests to feel relaxed, inspired, and free to explore the farm.  We believe that healthy soils and food contribute to a healthier overall community.  Halcyon is a model for what is possible on small acreage and a daily reminder of the value of small farms and locally grown food.  Tour the farm with the owner, view the lovingly restored farmhouse, hear about Halcyon’s operational approach, and buy some of the fresh, organic, artisan produce. Open for tours: July 13th & July 14th.

 

A Spectacle of Color, entrance 207 Foster Road / garden - 66 Chapel Lane, Brewster
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary- Orleans Branch

This garden was started in 1962 and demonstrates the creativity of 2 generations of women.  Roses, alstroemeria, lilies, and coneflowers predominate, but the garden contains over 100 varieties of flowers growing in beds and containers around the property. Orange is a favorite color, so you will see flowers that range in color from soft cantaloupe to blazing fire in many flowers, including canna, calla, oriental, and day lilies. Elephant ears and caladiums add interest add interest. A 40-foot swathe of cosmos covers the bed where hundreds of tulips bloomed in May. Hydrangeas, including blue lace caps and purple, pink and blue ball forms are tucked into the landscape. The garden also includes berries in a summer greenhouse. Smaller garden plots in 2 neighbors’ yards will also be included on the tour.  Unique crafts will be for sale at this location. Open for tours: July 13th & July 14th.
Garden Directions: 
From the Orleans/Brewster town line, head west on Rt. 6A for 3.1 miles. Turn right onto Foster Road and continue for .4 miles to 207 Foster Road on the left. Garden Parking: Parking will be available on one side of Foster Road. No parking on Chapel Lane. Accessible
 

The Historic Candleberry Inn’s Garden, 1882 Main St., Brewster
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary- Orleans Branch

Located on the Old King’s Highway in the center of Brewster, the Candleberry Inn dates back to the 1700’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It has been a house for lodgers since the 1940’s. The stately gardens and expansive lawns create a dramatic setting for this graceful Georgian edifice.  Amongst the variety of blooming perennials and lovely hydrangeas, the gardens feature both exotic and flowering trees, including holly, camellia, crape myrtle, weigela, and an incredible oversized sculpted boxwood. Open for tours: July 13th & July 14th.
Garden Directions: 
 From the Orleans/Brewster town line, head west on Rt. 6A for 5.5 miles. The Brewster Baptist Church (parking)/ Candleberry Inn are on the left.  Garden Parking: Spaces will be available for parking at the Brewster Baptist Church, which is next to the Candleberry Inn. There will be a short walk on a flat surfaced sidewalk from the church to the opening in the hedge, where tickets will be sold. Some handicapped spaces at the church will be available. Accessibility: Discretionary

Chatham Bars Inn Farm, 3034 Main St., Brewster
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary- Orleans Branch

Originally a garden center in Brewster, this land was purchased by Chatham Bars Inn in 2013 to enhance the menu and create a farm-to-table dining experience for its guests.  The CBI Farm tour begins at the tomato greenhouses, where a large variety of tomatoes are meticulously grown. There are flowers galore on the property, both ornamental and edible, providing a natural balance for insects. You will delight in the beauty of sunflowers, snapdragons, dahlias, zinnias, hydrangea and more. Blueberries, herbs and many varieties of vegetables are cultivated and available for purchase at the farm stand.  The bounty is endless! Open for tours: July 13th & July 14th. Tours every half hour.
Garden Directions: 
From the Orleans/Brewster town line, head west on Rt. 6A for 2 miles. The CBI Farm is on the left. Garden Parking: Parking is to the right as you enter the Farm. Accessibility: Discretionary

Boas Garden, 299 Landing Drive, Brewster
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society & Brewster Ponds Coalition
Welcome to Overledge overlooking Long Pond in Brewster.  This property features 100+ hydrangeas, including species arborescens, paniculata, quercifolia, anomala ssp. Petiolaris, and macrophylla.  Vegetables, fruits and herbs are planted in terraces on one side of the property in full sun.  A shade garden features hosta, ferns, sweet woodruff, and brunnera.   A steep bank leading down to the pond has been stabilized with native grasses and Carolina roses; and now gradually, New York asters, goldenrod, liatris, ironweed, and swamp milkweed are being introduced.  Mixed herbaceous as well as perennial and annual plantings ring the front yard and include mature hollies, rhododendron, viburnum, Kousa dogwood, Japanese maple, weigela, and spirea.  On July 13, Linda Coven, owner of Strictly Hydrangeas, who assists in the maintenance of this garden, will speak throughout the day on choosing the right hydrangeas for your garden. Garden Directions:  From Route 137 (Long Pond Road) in Brewster, turn onto Greenland Pond Road.  When Greenland Pond Road dead ends into Landing Drive, take a left on Landing Drive.  299 Landing Drive is the last house on the left.  (GPS directions for this garden are correct.) Ample parking at the bottom of the driveway. Garden Handicap Accessibility is difficult—steep driveway and stairs to vegetable garden terraces.  Open for Tours: Tuesday, July 13 & Wednesday, July 14
 

FALMOUTH

Chapman 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 10 & Wednesday, July 14

 

Ponds and Woodland Trails, 75 Willow Field Drive, North Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Garden Club

Established in 1990 and spread over more than an acre, this lovely garden includes a fishpond and woodland trails. It is heavily populated with rhododendrons, mountain laurels, and other spring blooming shrubs. Perennial beds near the house include day lilies, hydrangea, hosta, peony, lavender and other herbs. Japanese maples are doted throughout the property. Open for tours: Wednesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 15. Directions: Route 151, left onto 28A, left onto Willow Field Drive. Parking: Along Willow Field Drive Accessibility: Discretionary

 

Gorgeous Naturalized Artists’ Retreat, 37 Arthur Street, North Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Garden Club

This expansive garden wraps around the entire property at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Built in stages over years, the beautiful sloping property is the perfect way to highlight dimension and perspective in a garden, as you would expect from the artists who designed and maintain it. This garden also features garden sculptures and sanctuaries. Open for tours: Wednesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 15. Garden Directions: Route 28A to Curley Blvd, Left on Quaker Road to Arthur Street
Garden Parking:  Along Arthur Street. Accessibility: Discretionary

 

English Perennial Shade Garden, 5 Penny Royal Lane, East Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Garden Club

This expansive perennial garden was covered in trees when the owner purchased the property. She removed numerous trees and has created a sweeping perennial border, using both the sun and shade to guide plant selection and placement. Open for tours: Wednesday, July 14th and Thursday, July 15th. Garden Directions: Route 28 to Sao Paulo Drive to Penny Royal Lane, enter through driveway. Garden Parking: Along Sao Paulo or Penny Royal Lane 
Handicapped Accessibility: Accessible  

 

Charming in-town Setting with Loads of Personality and Features, 73 Allen Avenue, Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Garden Club

Located between downtown Falmouth and Falmouth Harbor, this in-town garden has it all. Show stopping curb appeal, cutting garden that highlights the owner’s love of dahlias, and numerous spaces dedicated to relaxing and entertaining. Plus, hydrangeas, hydrangeas, hydrangeas. Open for tours: Wednesday, July 14th and Thursday, July 15th.Garden Directions: From Main Street, Falmouth, onto Scranton, right onto Queen Street, left onto Allen. Enter through driveway. Garden Parking: On street parking along Allen Avenue Garden. Garden Handicapped Accessibility: Accessible


Oglesby House Garden Tour, 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. 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.

A Nursery Woman’s Garden, 1021 Sandwich Road, East Falmouth
Tour benefitting Highfield Hall & Gardens
Imagine the fun having a nursery in your own back yard. Reg and Terry Soares reimagined their 30-year-old garden when adding on to their home. Construction opened up new spaces for stone walls, a shady summer patio retreat,a fountain, new beds, and with more light available for new plants to experiment growing. While newly planted shrubs and perennials fill in, come hear how Terry uses the empty spaces to go wild and fills in with annuals, tropicals, and container gardens. A dream come true to be able to play with an unlimited plant selection!
Parking Directions: All guests should park at the Soares Flower Garden Nursery, located at 1021 Sandwich Road, East Falmouth, MA. Then follow signs directing you through the nursery to the garden. The garden is behind the nursery. 

MARSTONS MILLS

Bryan’s Lakeside Pollinator Garden, 223 Regency Drive, Marstons Mills
Tour b
enefiting Unitarian Church of Barnstable
This 2-acre property slopes steeply down to Mystic Lake.  A perennial garden was created on the hill by stone walkways and stone patios to highlight dramatic views of the lake.  With a focus on Native and Pollinator plants that don’t require irrigation, you can enjoy the many pathways and different garden “rooms”, including a shade garden, mature rhododendrons and hydrangeas in the front and back of the home, and raised vegetable beds.  You can see how a small greenhouse was erected to take advantage of the light and space on the hillside and sit quietly under the pergola covered with wisteria and roses. Directions: From the rotary at Route 149 and Race Lane, head west on Race Lane and turn south on Old Mill.  Regency Drive is the first left.  It is a circle drive, so either direction will bring you to house number 223. Parking:  Regency Drive is a circle drive with parking available on both sides of the street. Accessibility:  Difficult.  A very steep sloped garden, gravel pathways, and nursery steps down to gently sloping lawn area.

 

ORLEANS

Bowden’s Garden, 3 Seacrest Drive, East Orleans
Tour benefiting Master Gardeners Association of Cape Cod

Tip Talk Topic: The homeowner will offer talks at 11:00 and 1:00 to explain the Orleans Pollinator Pathways project and offer tips on how home gardeners can incorporate native plants, better manage their lawns, and reduce chemical use to protect and encourage our native pollinators to visit your garden. Initially planted in 2008, the current owners inherited a garden with mature evergreens, spring-blooming trees and a lovely rhododendron “wall” framing the property. Expanding the perennial beds while focusing on multi-season color and plant diversity they included more native plants in an attempt to reduce their lawn and lessen the use of mulch. The property’s numerous beds have a densely planted, “cottage garden” style and incorporate nearly 100 hydrangeas of all sizes and colors. Over 30 types of day and oriental lilies will be blooming and provide a burst of color throughout the garden. As you walk the one-acre site, look out for the recently added Berry Patch, Fern Den, Shade Garden and a bed for late-summer dahlias. Garden open for tours: Wednesday, July 14th and Saturday July 17th.

SANDWICH

Gardens at Holderhill, 3 Holder Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Sandwich Arts Alliance

Hidden away in QuakerHills, a wink away from Sandwich Village is the Garden at Holderhill. 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 a secret garden filled with mature plantings, heaths and heather, lilies and of course Hydrangeas! Follow the gardens as they turn here and there, with around the corner surprises, set on top of a drumlin. The hilly nature of the garden makes it unique for Cape Cod design. A sanctuary for birds, a quiet respite for a summer day!
Park on your left, small street. Uneven terrain. Check the website for Hydrangea Festival activities at the Sandwich Arts Alliance Center: garden related workshops and original art inspired garden treasures for sale: https://www.sandwichartsalliance.org/saa-at-the-cape-cod-hydrangea-festival.html

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

Tour benefiting Thornton Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center
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.


Tidal Marsh Garden, 16 Stonefield Drive, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Thornton Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center
This home, situated next to the tidal flats of Springhill Beach, boasts a wide variety of flowerscapes. From the front stonewall covered in various varieties of daylily and iris to the purple and blue hydrangeas hugging the farmers porch, guests will enjoy a stroll through mature plantings that will take them to the koi pond and waterfall feature that includes flowering pickerel rush and water lilies. The owners recently added 300 sq. feet of vegetable gardens and a chicken coop with 6 heritage breeds providing fresh eggs daily. Recently added as well is an Adirondack conversation pit at the edge of the marsh that boasts gorgeous views of the tides and breezes from the ocean. The owners are proud of their landscape and take great pride in continuing the work of the previous owners who so lovingly planted many of the perennials around the property. Directions: Off 6A, turn on Spring Hill Rd, left on Boulder Brook, right on Stonefield.

 

Hidden Garden, 9 Summer Street, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Thornton Burgess Society 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.

Hydrangeas and Roses Galore, 6 Grove Street, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Thornton Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center
Overlooking Shawme Pond and The Grist Mill, in the heart of the Village, is a stately Victorian house built in 1888 named “Bendora”. Benjamin Bartley and his wife Theodora, the original owners of this home, combined parts of their first names to name their beautiful estate. The mature and expansive gardens invite you to enjoy over 35 Hydrangeas of multiple varieties including, Traditional, Pee Gee, Lace Leaf, Panicle and Endless Summer. The other main theme of the gardens at Bendora are roses with over 30, including Cape Cod Fairy, Emily Carr, Lady Elsie May, Knockouts and American. Surrounding the main event of Hydrangeas and Rose are perennials of Asiatic Lilies, Daylilies, Casablanca Lilies, Dahlias, Rose of Sharon, multiple varieties of Phlox, Bee Balm, Moonbeam Coreopsis and Purple Haze. Scattered throughout the gardens and flowing from garden containers, for season long color, are annuals of Verbena, Zinnias, Victoria Blue salvia, geraniums and more. Directions: Left off 6A onto Main St, right to stay on Main, left onto Grove.

 

A Nook of Nature, Opposite 4 Bankowski St, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Thornton Burgess Society 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.

 

Eco-Inspired Garden, 19 Woodridge Rd, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Thornton Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center
A garden project that turned into an ecology minded backyard retreat. The negative impact of planting grass only and mowing week after week, inspired the motivation to blend beauty, nature and sustainability. From this: a perennial garden was born. Starting with a love for daylilies and hostas, the spaces in between have been filled with wildflower garden perennials, in all shapes and sizes, culminating in an eclectic garden that even the neighbors adore. Each year brings a new level of garden engagement and surprises. For instance, follow the eco friendly walkways made from shells and composted garden materials through and around the gardens and into the woods. See how stonewalls have been added to support the landscape from erosion. Like all gardens it is a work in progress, but the partnership pays off between the interchanging design where nature has a mind of its own, and this owner learns how to work with it. Directions: From 6A turn onto Quaker Meeting House Rd, left onto Woodridge.

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.