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Chatham Garden Club Tours

July 15, 2022
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    • Dates: July 15, 2022
    • Location: Chatham
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Garden #1 " East Keep" - North Chatham
    This property was purchased in North Chatham partially because it had previously been professionally landscaped and it offered a beautiful opportunity to start with a blank slate.  Since the home is used primarily during the warmer months, the design is informal with extensive use of flowering perennials, shrubs and trees.  Initial planting was completed in June 2021 and supplemental plantings will continue.  The property overlooks Crow’s Pond in front and the back is an oasis for outdoor entertaining.  The owners love color so the color theme is the more the better.  There are 20 areas filled with a plethora of perennials.  Among the many plants are Drift rose “sweet” and “coral”, Lamian, Coreopsis, Rudbekia, Monarda “Blue Moon”, perovskia “Blue Jean Baby”, Buddleja white and black, salvia, phlox “Blue Paradise”, “David” and “Nora Leigh” and oriental lilies “Stargazer” to name only a few.  The many pops of color are a garden lover’s elixir.

    Garden #2 "Harbor Coves" -  North Chatham
    Like many gardens labored in by gardening lovers, this beautiful property is a work in progress. When the owners moved to Chatham 14 years ago, they inherited many of the plantings but have done a lot of tweaking over time. Two large perennial beds with David Austin roses flank the rear terrace with additional rose beds in the back yard. The Spring front garden features hundreds of daffodils and later in the Summer Asiatic lilies and perennial hibiscus. The rear gardens include an azalea garden with dappled willow and dozens of hydrangeas, including Endless Summer, Summer Crush, Nikko Blue, Oakleaf and Peegee Varieties. It is a labor of love as all the gardening is done by the owners themselves.

    Garden #3 "Harborside Retreat" - North Chatham
    A charming walk down a private stone lane brings you to this retreat. The original home, built in the 1940s, has been added to several times over the years. The landscape of the 1940’s home was redone in 2006 by the current owner. Along the drive on the left are native seaside varieties of mallow, goldenrod, beach grass, Carolina Rose, native cedar and other salt resistant shrubs. The foundation plantings feature varieties of hydrangeas and caryopteris. Looking toward the water are many perennial plants providing a subtle color palette. These include geraniums, bellflower. Lavender, coneflower, Russian sage, Montauk daisies, yarrow and Joe Pye weed. To the rear of the home are lemon colored daylilies and hydrangeas. The backyard, including the spa house, is filled with various species of hydrangeas. Pale blush roses climb the picket fence and the fish house features cutting and vegetable gardens.

    Garden #4  "Seal Watch" - Chatham
    As you proceed down the driveway that takes you to the harbor, there are white shrub roses that flank the way. Blue hydrangeas go all the way down the drive on the other side. At the bottom of the drive is a former tea house for the grandchildren which now stores water skis and beach gear. Iconic New Dawn roses climb up the guest cottage which includes a rose garden. Next to the main house is a perennial garden. There are many pots filled with white geraniums, blue lobelia and tall white climbing Mandevilla in the back of the house. They mirror the blue of the water with white caps. There is also a cutting garden with many sizes of Dahlias, Zinnias and daisies. Tomatoes are also in the back that the grandchildren love to pick.

    Garden #5 "Hydrangea Walk" - Chatham
    This elegant property has been one of Chatham’s most photographed sites. The walkway is flanked on each side with two double rows of stunning blue hydrangeas and yellow daylilies. The property consists of six acres encompassing velvety lawns abutting conservation land. By the house are various gardens. Among the patios are pink knock out roses, Nikko blue hydrangeas, low boxwood hedges, Russian sage, peonies, phlox, Shasta daisies, tickseed, lamb’s ear, yarrow, nepeta and coneflowers to name just a few of the perennials which are mostly in a blue, pink and white color scheme with pops of yellow from yarrow and black-eyed Susan’s. The hydrangeas are the link tying in the back gardens with the front. One of the daughters of the owners was married in these gardens and the other had her wedding reception here. Both special ceremonies dictated the July dates when the hydrangeas were in peak bloom.

    The proceeds from the garden tours will benefit Chatham Garden Club. Admission: $5 per garden. Rain or Shine.