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“Creative Gardens of the Lower Cape” Sponsored by the Eastham Public Library Building Fund

July 14, 2020
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    • Dates: July 14, 2020
    • Location: Eastham, MA
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    2020 arrives with Eastham hosting one of the most exciting garden tours on Cape Cod.  We continue this year with a Mystery Garden and the chance to play our ‘Garden Quest’- bonuses available to all who purchase the Tour ticket.  We will also have a drawing to win a prize hydrangea plant for everyone who participates in the “Garden Quest”.  Information will be on your ticket. 

    We are a modest community with huge amounts of creativity.  Yes, we spark joy!  As in prior years, these amazing gardens are designed and maintained by the owners and show how you can create a magic space which will become so much more than you ever imagined.    Each garden includes ideas that can be executed in your own yard.  Several of our owners ‘inherited’ their gardens when they purchased property in Eastham.  You will see how they have reclaimed the ‘bones’ of the garden and made it their own.  In addition to the lovely gardens, you will find many extras on the tour.  Master Gardeners will be sitting in some of the gardens to answer all your questions especially about native species in the gardens.  These are especially important as they are hardier and attract the most diverse species of wildlife, including bees, birds and butterflies.  An expert on hybridizing and growing daylilies will help you learn how to do it. There may be a birder in one and an ice cream truck in another.  And, of course, there will be plein air painters in every one. These homeowners will show you what is possible with an imagination and a wheelbarrow. And, by the way, garden tours are a nice way to introduce your children to nature and they will be admitted free.  They will love the “Garden Quest” which is like a treasure hunt.


    Garden #1 “ At Last”, Eastham
    This garden has one of the best collections of grasses we have found.  These tall, plumed specimens create a feeling of peace and constant, gentle movement that changes from the summer into fall and winter when they attract winter birds seeking seeds and protection.  The garden was designed to be enjoyed from the paths winding through the yard as well as from inside the home as well.   While large trees are difficult to find on Cape Cod, this garden combines some very old specimens with the perennial grasses.  If you have never planted grasses, you will certainly want to try after seeing this wonderful garden.


    Garden #2 “That’s Saul”, Eastham
    This owner took several big challenges and created a thriving space.  This property slopes directly into wetlands and, if you have ever wondered how to create a garden on the edge of totally wild territory, this is the place to visit.  They also had a large disruption when a new septic field was constructed.  The owners have taken these challenges and found great solutions.  Look for the rejuvenated Red Maple that was originally eaten to the ground by marsh critters.  And we continue the Eastham tradition of presenting another fabulous outdoor shower that you may want to imitate.


    Garden #3 “Hidden Oasis”, Eastham
    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, established in 1829, was America’s first and continues to be the largest and most prestigious in the U.S.  This adorable, small garden was designed by the past Flower Show Designer for the Society who sought to create a unique garden on Cape Cod.  It combines some very old plants and small seating spaces with new plantings that flow together wonderfully.  He took all the elements of a Flower Show and combined them to create a truly Cape Cod summer garden.


    Garden #4 “Marsh View”, Eastham
    We were just amazed when we walked through this exciting garden.  There is so much creativity packed into every corner.  The owner has used ‘found objects’, signs and pieces of old architecture in original ways that will make you smile when you come upon them. You will see how they have created different rooms, connecting everything with paths that wander.  You will find techniques to make your property feel much larger than it actually may be.

    Garden #5 “When the Flowers Take Charge!”, Eastham
    We have never seen anything like this garden.  While some of us try to coax a flower to grow and watch divided plants struggle to take hold, this gardener has found flowers and vegetables that just take over and create an explosion of color, scent and texture everywhere you look.  It has a wild, natural look that takes years to create.  A perfectly situated sunroom gives access to this fabulous space year-round. By encouraging just the right plants in just the right places, the result is an overflowing riot of vibrant colors that you will want to imitate in your own garden.


    Garden #6 “Mystery Garden: Made in the Shade” , Eastham
    This ‘Mystery Garden’ will be identified for all who buy the $25 Eastham Garden Tour ticket.  This was voted a favorite by past participants and we are bringing it back.  Start your visit with the hydrangea walkway where the Kiosia dogwood, hydrangeas and high bush cranberry shade the way.  Enjoy the hosta and astilbe in the shade gardens. Then take some time to investigate the perennials and the dahlias and stop to visit the eclectic experimental gardening area.  Finally, walk down to the pond and rest in the cool shade and watch the various birds and ducks that frequently visit.