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"Creative Gardens of the Lower Cape" - benefitting the Eastham Public Library

July 9, 2024
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    • Dates: July 9, 2024
    • Location: Eastham
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Eastham is once again hosting one of the most popular garden tours of Hydrangea Fest. This year we have expanded our program to include a floral painting workshop on July 6th in an additional, wonderful garden which is not on the main tour. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance for $30 at the Eastham Chamber website.

    Our tour of five fabulous gardens will be on July 9th with the continued chance to play ‘Garden Quest’- a bonus for all who purchase the $20 Tour Ticket.  We are a modest community with huge amounts of creativity.  Our amazing gardens are designed and maintained by owners and they show how you can create your own magical outdoor spaces. You will find many extras on the tour including homeowners and Master Gardeners who will be on hand to answer questions.  Volunteers will talk about native species which are especially important as they are hardier and attract the most diverse species of wildlife.  There will be plein air painters in each garden. The gardeners will show you what is possible with a little imagination and a wheelbarrow. And, by the way, garden tours are a nice way to introduce your children to nature and they will be admitted free.  Pick up the Tour Ticket at the Eastham Information Booth on Route 6 up to three weeks in advance or at the Eastham Library on the day of the tour and have the chance to take home a beautiful hydrangea. 

    Garden #1 All Smiles - Eastham
    Occasionally, something is such a surprise that you will never forget it. This half-acre garden’s location is totally unexpected. It’s a planted oasis surround by the scrub pine forest.  You will be stunned to find over 70 varieties of Japanese maples, 20 varieties of hydrangea, rivers of grasses and sedums.  A unique collection of specimen evergreens replaces the ubiquitous lawn for year-round interest.  Pollinators abound, enjoying the fruits and nectar of native plants. And finally, the owners have cleverly designed some small outbuildings to enhance the landscape. There are hundreds of ideas within this garden to take home with you.

    Garden #2 A Touch of Italy - Eastham
    Villa Sarcione combines old world charm with botanical diversity and includes more than 100 varieties of native and non-native perennials, deciduous and evergreen trees. Explore the half-acre of common and unique species of plantings mingled with statues, metal sculptures, water features, marble mosaic, granite piazetta, Adirondack stone fireplace, pergola, wood fired oven and even a bocce court. Fruit trees, highbush blueberries, thornless berries surround the vegetable garden. Look for the giant Sequoia Redwood, Japanese Snow Bell, Crimson Cloud Hawthorne, Roses, Camelias and more among the plantings. You will encounter a wide variety of pollinators and maybe see hummingbirds darting between feeders.

    Garden #3 Happy Trails - Eastham
    St. Francis watches over this garden, just off Widow Harding Pond. It is a mix of mature plantings, which came with the house when the new owners arrived, and many new gardens and delightful pathways. Mature hydrangeas stand next to the lavender-lined drive on one side with a new circular stone garden centerpiece on the other. The owners mixed ornamentals among new fruit trees, a tree nursery and a fenced vegetable garden. You’ll find ideas for both sun and shade seating areas, and interesting uses of beach stones. Ask Peter about the potting benches he built displaying young bonsai trees. 

    Garden #4 Clairvue - Eastham
    This garden was literally moved from East Orleans to Eastham in 2012 and in the past 12 years it has been enhanced and matured. All plants were carefully selected to ensure year-round interest and maximal benefit for every hour spent on maintenance.  Ground covers, screening plants and trees are thoughtfully arranged. You will find a mix of shade and full-sun plantings which could fit into any landscape. The vegetable garden has two beds raised to sitting height.  And organic fertilizer and compost ensure plant health and reduce maintenance.  Don’t miss the chance to speak with Connie for tips and ideas.

    Garden #5 “Gardens Connecting Neighbors” - Eastham
    Everything changed during Covid.  Urged to maintain ‘social distancing’, we focused outdoors.  These neighbors went further.  The border between their properties was landscaped providing the feeling of greatly expanded spaces.  Specimen rhododendrons serve as the backdrop and native plantings liven woodland gardens. Perennial gardens with extended blooming brighten the surroundings of the homes.  A vegetable garden maximizes enjoyment of a side yard while rock walls and berms add interest.  Fire pits were built as gathering places and paths were created connecting these properties and the neighborhood beyond.  These gardens will change how you view the boundaries of your own property.