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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: Thursday, July 14, 2022

 

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.

A Garden of Delight - 31 Freeman Lane, Orleans
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary-Orleans Branch

This beautiful property is an ever-evolving work of love and is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. While most of the plants and bushes were already a part of the garden when the owners moved in, many modifications and improvements were made over the past 10 years. Highlights of the property include numerous hydrangeas, a water garden and waterfall flanked by grasses and a Japanese Red Maple. A winding wood chip path leads to a shade garden and raised beds planted with herbs, vegetables and flowers. Come visit and enjoy nature's bounty at its best. 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 Road 2.1 miles. Take slight left on to Freeman Lane. Go 0.2 miles to garden location on right. PARKING: On the right side of road only. Road is narrow. ACCESSIBILITY: Driveway is steep. Garden area flat.

EASTHAM

Donelle’s Seaside Garden - 560 Dyer prince Road, Eastham
Tour benefiting The 
Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care
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. Open for tours: July 8 & July 14

YARMOUTH

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

Cindy and Fred Ecker’s Garden - 152 Thacher Shore Road, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is pleased to have Cindy and Fred Ecker open their extensive garden for the first time. This sizeable property (~1.5 acres) on the north side of historic Thacher Shore Road abuts the marshland of Cape Cod Bay. The lovely antique home is the mainstay of this 17th century Thacher family farm with its sizeable barn – all maintained in excellent condition by Fred, who is a well-known specialist in historic preservation. Cindy provides the gardening energy and guidance for the extensive and diverse plantings throughout the property.  Hydrangeas - H. macrophylla and H. paniculata - are the dominant species within the diverse group of woody ornamental plantings on the property, interspersed with perennials for staggered blooms. The Eckers are organic vegetable and fruit growers as well with a large and well laid-out plot. This includes a grape arbor and a large and varied orchard containing a diverse mix of pear, cherry, nectarine and apple – the latter from which Fred produces some marvelous cider in the early autumn.Parking is good but only on the south side of Thacher Shore Road, which is narrow. This year the Condon Garden – nearby neighbors at number 181 – is also on tour on July 14. This creates a special parking treat – two gardens can be toured with a single stop!

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

 

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