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Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Garden Tours - July 14

July 14, 2022
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    • Dates: July 14, 2022
    • Location: Yarmouth
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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

    Garden #1 Linda Coven’s Garden - West Yarmouth
    Linda is a serious proponent of hydrangea culture via her ‘Strictly Hydrangeas’ upscale landscape maintenance business. And she executes her precision and attention in absolutely superb fashion at her own unique and attractive garden that encompasses two adjacent and very hydrangea-centric properties. Located in the pretty Mill Pond Village neighborhood, this surprising ’double’ has the expansive feature of being on the outside of a major turn in the road that creates an especially large backyard garden. Since the initial opening for the 2017 Festival, this garden has annually evolved with new features and plantings - truly a must-see continuing evolution of the garden and the gardener.  The site now boasts a collection of 325 hydrangea cultivars in various settings throughout both Linda’s property and that of her next-door neighbor’s - 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 containers adorning porches and patios, and strategically placed amongst the garden beds. In addition to the dominant hydrangeas, there are also many companion woodies, perennials, and exquisite pieces of garden art to catch your eye as you leisurely tour this hydrangea lover’s dream come true. 


    A “Pot-n-Pot” container gardening demonstration will be held at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day. Parking is reasonable and will be marked and assisted via the docent team.Open for Tours: Sunday, July 10 & Thursday, July 14.

     

    Garden #2 Mal & Mary Kay Condon’s Garden - Yarmouth Port
    The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is once again pleased to have the Condon’s ‘Hydrangea Farm’ on their Tour List. This garden has been on tour for every year of the Festival’s existence. The Condon’s 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 almost too many hydrangeas in ground with additional container specimens to emphasize this increasingly popular growing technique. H. macrophylla is the dominantspecies, along with collections of H. paniculata and H. quercifolia cultivars. More recently H. serrata and H. arborescens plantings have beenadded to the mix. The Condon’s are also serious veggie growers utilizing raised beds to produce a wide range of favorites. A somewhat struggling peach orchard is in the mix too along with an ample rhubarb collection. The challenge also includes a fig or two to provide sufficient ‘difficulties’ to keep the gardeners humble.    

     

    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, has a modest effect on plant height, and increases the potential for late season reblooming. The practice can also stimulate additional stem and bud development for more blooming the following summer. 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. This year the splendid garden of Cindy and Fred Ecker – near-by neighbor – is also on tour on July 14. This creates a special parking treat – two gardens can be toured with a single stop! Open for Tours: Sunday, July 10 & Thursday, July 14.

     

    Garden #3 Cindy Ecker’s Garden - Yarmouth Port
    The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is pleased to have Cindy and Fred Ecker open their extensive garden for the first time. This sizeable property (~1.5 acres) on the north side of historic Thacher Shore Road abuts the marshland of Cape Cod Bay. The lovely antique home is the mainstay of this 17th century Thacher family farm with its sizeable barn – all maintained in excellent condition by Fred, who is a well-known specialist in historic preservation. Cindy provides the gardening energy and guidance for the extensive and diverse plantings throughout the property.  Hydrangeas - H. macrophylla and H. paniculata - are the dominant species within the diverse group of woody ornamental plantings on the property, interspersed with perennials for staggered blooms. The Eckers are organic vegetable and fruit growers as well with a large and well laid-out plot. This includes a grape arbor and a large and varied orchard containing a diverse mix of pear, cherry, nectarine and apple – the latter from which Fred produces some marvelous cider in the early autumn.

     

    The Condon Garden  is nearby - this creates a special parking treat – two gardens can be toured with a single stop!

     

     

    Garden #4 Rick Murray’s Garden - Cummaquid
    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. Open for Tours: Sunday, July 10 & Thursday, July 14