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Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Garden Tours - July 13

July 13, 2024
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    • Dates: July 13, 2024
    • Location: Falmouth, Dennis & Orleans
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Donna Garrabrant’s Garden - 83 Prince Way, South Dennis
    When Donna Garrabrant and her husband purchased their hilltop home in Dennis in 2003, the gardens they inherited needed extensive work. Donna designed planting beds, rock walls and terraces and oversaw the necessary site work.  Then she began planting.  Twenty-one years later the property shines from spring through fall with a wide variety of mature specimen trees, shrubs, and perennials.   Included are more than 80 hydrangeas, many of which Donna propagated herself. This garden also features roses, cone flowers, sky blue alliums, black-eyed susans, phlox, hosta, many intriguing pieces of garden art and colorful containers.  Come visit and see for yourself how Donna’s vision has come to life.

    Dan Pessoni’s Garden - 4 Driftwood Lane, E. Orleans
    Dan Pessoni is known locally as “Dan, the Lily Man” and rightly so. His Driftwood Garden is the Outer Cape’s only nationally registered American Daylily Display Garden, with 700 different labeled varieties. In a shaded area abutting the large lily display are more than 350 labeled varieties of hosta, with special beds for small and miniature varieties. Interspersed among the hosta are heuchera, ferns, and Solomon’s Seal.  Driftwood Garden also boasts a collection of more than 100 labeled hydrangea varieties and a large vegetable garden with an incredible romaine lettuce patch. Located throughout the property are 15 specimen trees, including stewartia, epatacodium (seven son flower), tricolor leaf beech and heritage birch. Come meet Dan in his wonderland. 

    George & Marcia Chapman’s Garden -  28 Sady’s Lane, East Falmouth
    Archways, espaliers and a unique style of evergreen pruning make up the bones of this forty-year-old garden, The planting beds, containers and vistas undergo dramatic change every year. Returning visitors will see the expansion of the moss garden, a new dwarf conifer garden and a unique hypertufa planter display. Unusual annuals, perennials and tropical plants accent the gardens throughout the property. Practical gardening ideas and inspiration to take home to your garden can be seen everywhere as you explore this property’s many meandering paths.  Both George and Marcia are professional horticulturists whose garden has been featured in Falmouth Living, Cape Cod Home and Fine Gardening magazines. This property is a true labor of love, and the Chapmans enjoy sharing it.
    Open for Tours: Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13.

    Richard & Allyn Michaelson’s Garden -  12 Sheeps Crossing Lane, Woods Hole
    In 1994, Richard and Allyn Michaelson built their home on a wooded acre that slopes 40' up from the street to the rear of the property. With rough drawings from a landscape architect, Richard is now 30 years into a 5-year plan.  The front garden is marked by a large beech tree and complemented with hydrangeas, ferns, hostas, rose of sharon, butterfly bushes, Japanese red maples, pine trees, kousa dogwood trees, and more. On the west side of the house, there is a long pachysandra bed and additional hydrangeas. A path leads to an inground pool where a stone retaining wall lines a bed awash with color from hydrangeas, hostas, a growing selection of daylilies, and others. There is also an upper terrace complete with a firepit and a pathway that provide a comfortable shady area to sit and enjoy the greenery, climbing hydrangea, and the view. Open for Tours: Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13.

    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 only on the days specified. All garden tours are rain or shine and nonrefundable.