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Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Garden Tours - July 11

July 11, 2021
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    • Dates: July 11, 2021
    • Location: Yarmouth
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    The proceeds from the garden tours will benefit the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society. Admission:$5 per garden. Rain or Shine. Pay cash at the door.

    Garden #1 Condon’s Garden, 181 Thacher Shore Road, Yarmouth Port
    The Condons 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 300  plus hydrangeas in ground with additional container specimens to emphasis this growing technique. H. macrophylla is the dominantspecies, along with collections of H. paniculata and H. quercifolia cultivars. More recently a number of H. serrata and H. arborescens plants have beenadded to the mix. The Condons are also serious veggie growers utilizing raised beds to produce a wide range of favorites. Fruit is in the mix too – berries and figs (always hopeful), and a new orchard of peaches and plums is developing.    

    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, checks plant height, and increases the potential for late season reblooming and stimulates additional stem and bud development for more blooming the following summer. Each session will last about 45 minutes. Parking is good but the street is narrow; please park on the south side of the road, along the conservation property. Open for Tours: Sunday, July 11 & Thursday, July 15


    Garden #2 Carol Condon’s Garden, 85 Wharf Lane, Yarmouth Port
    This is a second year tour of this ‘young’ Garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is delighted to have this small but very well planted landscape on our list. After purchasing and renovating the house in 2015, Carol took on the gardens in hand - creating stone walls, wood fencing, patio areas, a small veggie garden, and finally a new garage and driveway. Despite its size (just 9000 ft2), this garden is extensively planted and contains several complimentary genera – viburnum, roses, clematis, philadelphus, espalier fruit trees – and, as one might well expect, a generous collection of hydrangeas which includes all the major species. The fenced back garden is a lovely ‘All White’ blooming treat which is beautifully illuminated in the evenings.

    Carol’s home is only 0.8 miles west of Mal & Mary Kay Condon’s garden (her parents) – just continue on Thacher Shore Road which merges into Wharf Lane 3 ‘doors’ before #85. Parking is ample and should be on the east (marsh) side of the road. Open for Tours: Sunday, July 11 & Thursday, July 15


    Garden #3 Rick Murray’s Garden, 72 Keveney Lane, Cummmaquid
    The 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. Parking is available along the road. Open for Tours: Sunday, July 11 & Thursday, July 15



    Garden #4 Linda Coven’s Garden, 121 Camp Street, Unit 106, West Yarmouth
    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