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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: Friday, July 16, 2021

 

BARNSTABLE

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 3055 Main St, Barnstable
Tour benefiting Hyannis Public Library

Conceived in 1946 by the Reverend Robert Wood Nicholson, the gardens at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church comprise a suite of lush and beautiful spaces. Among many features on the church grounds, you will find an herb garden, a cornucopia pool, the octagonal Lambert Garden, an orchard, an annual garden, memorial stones, walls containing the foundation stones of a tavern that was on the site long before the Church was built, and statuary. The parish has endeavored to keep the same feeling of an old English garden that Reverend Nicholson created, but the gardens also include plantings native to our region. Open for Tours: July 15 & July 16.

CENTERVILLE

Fournier's Homestead, 128 Ashley Dr., Centerville   OPEN: 1 PM - 4 PM
Tour benefiting Unitarian Church of Barnstable
A private, natural setting with his and her veggie gardens, heather hillside, a small pond and sitting areas on over 1 1/2 acres to explore through wooded paths. Open for Tours: Dates:  July 16th & July 17thDirections:  Old Stage Rd. to Nottingham Dr. by the cranberry bog, 2nd right onto Ashley Dr. Go past Sheaffer Rd and Guildford Rd. on left. Stay right at the Y onto the cul-de-sac.  
Parking: On the cul-de-sac.  Handicapped parking at the house. Accessibility: Moderately Difficult – long stone drive, open paths, uneven ground.  

 

CHATHAM

A HORTICULTURIST’S HYDRANGEAS, 54 Colonial Drive, Chatham
Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club

Enter the garden through an archway made with fastigiate apple trees. View rare trees, including mature Lilac, Stewartia pseudocamellia, and Paper Bark maples. Also planted are the following trees: Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ (cornelian cherry) and Cornus kousa ‘Gold Star’. Evergreen trees include Hinoki cypress and Pinus cembra (Swiss Stone Pine). You will see a variety of distinctive hydrangea species that include Mountain, ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’, Lace Cap ‘Blue Billow ‘and Quercifolia ‘Little Honey’, ‘Snow Queen’, and ‘Alice’.  Also, hydrangeas Paniculata ‘Unique’ and ‘Bobo.’ Macrophylla Endless Summer’ and many others. Some years ago, Mal Condon visited the garden to pick up a rooted cutting of hydrangea ‘Pia’ and brought a gift of hydrangea ‘Penny Mac’ which is happily growing in the garden today. Directions: Route 6, exit 85(old exit 11), left at exit ramp to route 137 south to route 28.  Left on route 28 to Colonial Drive on right.  Park on right side of road.

 

HAPPY OURS, 78 Linden Tree Lane, Chatham
Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club

Bright masses of blooms, “to transform part of our backyard into an array of color”, was the desire of the homeowners. The site presented a perfect opportunity to build a curvaceous sitting-height stone wall the entire width of the rear lawn, with a lively color garden above it to provide interest and pleasure throughout three seasons. With the clients providing the color palate, and requesting many of their favorite plants, Joyce used color repetition and visual patterns to harmoniously tie together this long, floriferous border. Seasonal garden maintenance is performed by the homeowners.  Featured are Limelight, Nikko Blue, LA Dreamin, Everlasting Garnet, Endless Summer and Invincible Spirit II hydrangeas.  More color comes from knockout and carpet roses, ornamental grasses, and geraniums.
Directions: Route 28 towards Chatham, past 2 rotaries to Agway Garden Center on right.  Turn right just past Agway onto Linden Tree Lane.  Park on the right-hand side.

 

Goldenrod Garden, 95 Independence Lane, Chatham
Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club

“Goldenrod Garden” is a beautiful landscape in transition to native plants, with multiple gardens to explore. The South Border has abundant native pollinator plants including perennials, grasses, and flowering shrubs, planted among traditional ornamentals. The Glory Garden is a colorful cottage garden full of bloom. The Woodland Garden is part of a 1-acre area being restored to coastal woodland with 100% native Cape Cod trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants; a green place to wander on mowed paths among groves of trees and shrubs. Come be inspired by native plants adding beauty while supporting the ecosystem. Preview at  www.goldenrodgarden.comDirections: Follow route 28 to Chatham rotary, right onto Stage Harbor Road.  Continue to Independence Lane on right.

 

Chatham Bars Inn, 297 Shore Road, Chatham
(Note: Chatham Bars Inn is open daily to the public at no cost. On July 16th, two self-guided garden tour maps will be available for $5 each, benefitting Chatham Garden Club and Chatham Beautification Committee)
The iconic showplace Inn on Shore Road is not just an elegant vacation destination as it offers thousands of landscape plantings in a show stopping pink, white and blue pallet. The Back Circle entrance features “New Sensation” along with “Endless Summer” hydrangeas. “Annabelles” front the “Eastwind Cottage”. The Front Circle facing the harbor is planted with “Merit Supreme”, Teller’s Blue, “Endless Summer, red and yellow Twig Dogwoods and “Limelights”. The annuals are changed seasonally 4 times a year. Along the cottages are Catmint, Dahlias, Globe Master Allium, and purple “Pugster” Butterfly bushes. In front of the “Beach Plum” cottage is an apple and pear orchard with an heirloom apple tree over 100 years old! By the “Fox Run” cottage are rare deep burgundy “Endless Summers”. Featured in the May issue of “Chatham Magazine” is the breathtaking Spa entrance across Seaview Avenue. The driveway abounds with “Merit Supreme”, “Endless Summer” hydrangeas. You will see “Limelight” hydrangeas inside the spa area across from the pool and Beach Plum shrubs in front of the spa door. There is also a Honeysuckle “living wall”. This is a not to be missed opportunity to be spellbound by hydrangeas and the colors of the Chatham Harbor and ocean beyond. 
Light bites and special beverage will be available for sale in the South Lounge within the Main Inn from 10am – 4pm.
Directions: Take a right on Stage Harbor Road, left onto Bridge Street, and left onto Shore Road.  Turn left on to Sea View Street and left into parking lot behind the Inn. Complimentary valet parking.

 

Sea la Vie, 174 Eastward Road, Chatham
Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club

From 1917 to 1922, Sea La Vie was home to the Chatham Naval Base and more specifically the hanger for the Curtiss R-9 and HS-2L planes.  Walking around the property you will see the old sea wall and remnants of concrete pads. One of the highlights of the gardens are the new raised vegetable beds.  With over 200 square feet of plantings, there is always a lot to share with neighbors and friends.  The recently installed drip irrigation system provides the proper amount of water.  Each spring the crops are rotated, and the soil enhanced with organic matter including crushed lobster shells.  See if you can find a vegetable that is usually green, but in this garden purple! Directions: Go left onto Shore Road, which runs into route 28 at light.  Follow route 28 to Fox Hill Road on right.  Follow Fox Hill Road past golf course to Strong Island Road on left.  Turn right on Bassing Harbor Road and left on Eastward Road to #174.  Park on the right side of the street.

 

Ta – Da, 164 Strong Island Road, Chatham
Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club

Traveling along Fox Hill Road takes you past amazing views of the outer beach on your way to Strong Island Road.  After turning left onto Strong Island Road, you head straight toward Pleasant Bay, just before the Town Landing, Ta-Da, you’ve arrived.  The White house faces south and sits sentry to the marsh, where blue and white Hydrangea’s display their blue and white pom pom's, cheering on the long days of summer. The home was recently raised and totally renovated to take advantage of the sloping yard and benefits of the peaceful marsh.  Mingled among the blue and white Hydrangeas are roses, lavender, peonies, berry bushes, fruit trees, and a number of raised bed gardens. Among the many flowers is the one from the sound of Music, can you find it?
Directions: Follow Eastward Road to Bassing Harbor and turn right on Strong Island Road to 164 on right.  Park on the right side of the street.

 

Schaafhausen House Garden, 56 Fairview Avenue, South Chatham
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

A small, naturalized garden of assorted hydrangea plants, mostly H. macrophylla cultivars, and numbering 100 plus now. Most have been cultivated from cuttings from friends. Among the hydrangeas are many stone cairns and concrete leaf sculptures created by the homeowners. Walk around the yard on a soft pine needle lawn directed by shell pathways. Birds are plentiful and friendly. From the intersection of Route 28 and Pleasant Street in South Chatham (near the Talkative Pig), go South on Pleasant Street, continue straight, and bear left at the fork. Make a right onto Long’s Lane and then the next Right onto Fairview Avenue (not Drive if you're using GPS). House is on the right, about four down the street, No.56.

 

FALMOUTH

Colacicco House Garden, 22 Brown Ct., Falmouth
Tour benefiting Master Gardner Association of Cape Cod

In less than a quarter of acre, enjoy a space inspired by classic English gardens.  Spring is heralded with daffodils, bearded iris, rhododendrons, and lilacs.  When you visit, midsummer colors up with a traditional mixed border, a cottage garden, a white garden, a newly planted ‘Hot Garden’, and a little garden of little hostas. View young, espaliered apple trees, over a dozen roses of various types, a raised bed veggie patch and half dozen hydrangeas - including macrophylla, climbing and paniculata types.  Fall slips in with asters, monkshoods, and hardy chrysanthemums against a rustic stone wall.

 

SANDWICH


The Fornari Gardens, 2 Lawrence Pond Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Barnstable Education Foundation
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. Open for tours: July 16 & July 17. Accessibility: Difficult – mulched paths, steep drive, uneven ground.  Parking: Some parking in the cul-de-sac but most parking will be on the side of Stowe Road. Be mindful of fast traffic on Stowe Rd and Farmersville. Directions: From the rotary at Route 149 and Race Lane, head west on Race Lane which turns into Farmersville Road in Sandwich. Pass the entrance to The Ridge Club (on your left) and the second right will be onto Stowe Road. Turn right on Stowe Road and Lawrence Pond Lane is immediately on your right.  

 

Meandering Gardens, 6 Aviator's Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Sandwich Garden Club

Welcome to this stunning two-acre property in South Sandwich where an amazing collection of small gardens have been seamlessly blended into the natural landscape. There are several attractive perennial beds along with a small vegetable garden, prolific raspberry and blueberry plantings, and all 6 main Hydrangea species popular on the Cape.  Enjoy a relaxing stroll through some wooded grounds and/or a more challenging walk down the hill to Little Hog Pond. Topic of Talk: Raspberry & Blueberry cultivation. Talk time: 11 AM & 1 PM.
Open for Tours: July 12th & July 16th. Directions: From the Mid-Cape Highway (Route 6), take Exit 2 coming from the west or exit 5 coming from the east. Once on Farmersville Rd, turn onto Boardley Rd and then a fairly quick left onto Aviators Lane. Park anywhere along Aviator's Lane; property is located directly at the end of the street. Do not park around inner circle where there are irrigation heads. Accessible: Flat land, hard ground, stone or paved walkways.  Wheelchair or walker friendly. Dogs on leashes allowed.


MARSTONS MILLS
 

A Welcome Home, 177 School Street, Marstons Mills
Tour benefiting Sandwich Garden Club

Step over the Town line from Sandwich to delight and relax at this colorful gem of a property on 2.5 acres located in rural Marstons Mills. Owners Bill and Beth Hearn have worked since 2017 to provide a rich and enticing habitat for butterflies, bees, birds and other fauna. Let the abundance of native and old favorite perennial and pollinator plants and bushes, which live in harmony with berries, fruit trees and vegetables, enchant and sooth you as you stroll the property. For the more adventurous, paths through the woods are there for a short walk or a bit longer walk downhill to the bogs on Bog Road. A wonderful yard to explore and experience. Topic of Talk: How to create a more environmentally friendly yard with less lawn and more native and pollinator perennial plants.
Talk time: 11 AM & 1 PM. Open for Tours: July 12th & July 16th
Directions:
 School Street runs between Race Lane and Newtown Road. The Race Lane end of the street is called Old Mill and becomes School Street where Bog Road intersects. From Route 6 going west take Rt 149 exit south to rotary and right onto Race Lane. Take left at top of the hill onto Old Mill/School Street. From Route 6 east take Chase Road exit, go right onto Great Hill Rd. and stay straight to Race Lane/Farmersville Rd. Go left when the road intersects with Farmersville, then immediate right onto Newtown. School Street will be on the left. Parking: Off street parking in driveway and on grass. Accessible: Flat land, some hard ground and some uneven places. Wheelchair or walker friendly. Steep or wooded trails in back of yard. Not suggested for wheelchairs or walkers.

 

YARMOUTH

Linda Coven’s Garden, 121 Camp Street, Unit 106, West Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is once again delighted to share this unusual and surprisingly expansive landscape that encompasses two adjacent very hydrangea-centric properties. Located in the pretty Mill Pond Village neighborhood, this total garden has continued to evolve and grow since it was first showcased in 2017. Under Linda’s watchful care, the site now boasts a collection of 225 hydrangea cultivars in various settings throughout both her yard and that of her next-door neighbor (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 deco containers adorning porches and patios, and strategically placed amongst the garden beds, that utilize the “Pot-N-Pot” method which is especially successful for growing the Hydrangea macrophylla species. In addition to the dominant hydrangeas, there are also many companion perennials and pieces of garden art to catch your eye as you leisurely tour this Hydrangea Lover’s dream come true. Linda’s garden is an easy 2.5 miles from Carol Condon’s – briefly West on 6A and then South on Willow Street to Camp Street. Continuing South, Mill Village is on the right and Unit 106 is on the left approx. 300 yards in from the entrance. Parking is reasonable and will be marked and assisted via the docent team. Open for Tours: Sunday, July 11 & Friday, July 16.

 

Silverman Garden, 7 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port    OPEN: 10 AM – 2 PM
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Synagogue Food Pantry & Independence House
A thoughtfully planned, well maintained garden with areas of interest such as the family pool surrounded by a beautiful perennial garden on one side and a rose garden on the other. Climbing roses adorn trellis' on the front of the property.  There are uniquely crafted bird houses designed and created by the homeowner. Several flower containers and hanging baskets complement this outstanding property. Directions: From Barnstable Village on Route 6A head east on 6A toward Yarmouth. Garden is on your right, the second driveway immediately after the Entering Yarmouth sign, opposite Anthony’s Cummaquid Inn. Look for a white mailbox with a red 7 on it.

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.