Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Garden Tour - July 9
- Dates: July 9, 2023
- Location: Yarmouth
- Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Garden#1 Linda Coven, owner of Strictly Hydrangeas! is one of the Cape’s leading experts on hydrangeas. Bursting with blooms, pollinators and whimsy, her oasis it is a sheer delight for the senses. A meticulously maintained emerald carpet of turf welcomes you as perennials dance between the pinks, blues, whites, reds, and purple bloom-laden hydrangeas. Divided into rooms, the various inspiring areas showcase statuary, water features, trellising, hardscaping and slope plantings. Enjoy the terraced garden, a hidden workspace tucked behind a classic Cape Cod shed and this year’s new garden expansion. Many lovely containers of hydrangeas with underplanted perennials will also be on display; at 11 am and 2 pm each day, Linda will be giving a “Pot-n-Pot” container gardening demonstration. Open: Sunday July 9 & Thursday July 13
Garden #2 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. Ample parking is available on Keveney Lane.
Open: Sunday July 9 & Thursday July 13
Garden #3 Mal “The Hydrangea Guy” and Mary Kay Condon were commercial hydrangea propagators and growers for 40 years and, as one might suspect, this is a very hydrangea-centric site. They continue to tweak their expansive collection of in-ground hydrangeas with container specimens to emphasize this increasingly popular growing technique. H. macrophylla is the dominant species in their gardens, along with H. paniculata and H. quercifolia cultivars. More recently H. serrata and H. arborescens plantings have been added to the mix. The Condons also have a lovely installation of raised beds for growing vegetables and rhubarb as well as a commitment to dahlias. At 11 am and 2 pm each day, they will be detailing their most recent experiences with pinch pruning, container growing and the winter vulnerable H. macrophylla species. 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. Open: Sunday July 9 & Thursday July 13
The proceeds from this garden tour will benefit the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society. Admission: $5 per garden. Rain or Shine. Pay cash at the door.