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Garden Tours to Benefit Hyannis Public Library - July 9

Dates vary between July 9, 2022 - July 9, 2022
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    • Dates: Dates vary between July 9, 2022 - July 9, 2022
    • Location: Hyannis
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    #1 The Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast - 70 Gosnold St, Hyannis
    Tour benefitting Hyannis Public Library

    Back in the day when the Old Colony Railway extended down present-day Old Colony Road in Hyannis and ended at the wharf in Nantucket Sound, travelers were always in need of a place to stay.  In the early 1900s, Mrs. Walley of the Hillcrest accommodated those folks by serving meals and renting rooms. Together, with her husband, daughter, and grandson, the family operated a comfortable and homey guest house.  Fast forward to the summer of 2022.  David and Linda Bennett, current owners and innkeepers are privileged to keep Mrs. Walley’s legacy alive.  For the past 17 years, David and Linda have welcomed guests into their charming 3-bedroom inn, often described by visitors as “a home away from home.”  The grounds are a work in progress.  Linda has diligently crafted a landscape of beauty, serenity, and relaxation. Come and walk around the property.  You’ll see a dozen gorgeous hydrangeas, beach grass, lilies, colorful impatiens, assorted perennials, and annuals.  Have a seat under the gazebo while enjoying a glass of iced tea and a delicious scone for which Linda is becoming increasingly famous! Open for tours: July 9 & July 11.
    Parking:
      all along Walley Ct.  extending around the corner (neighbors and DPW notified!) and/or along the front of the property on Gosnold St.  If you are heading to the garden at 121 Gosnold Street, you may leave your car and walk.

    #2 The House That Dad Built - 121 Gosnold St., Hyannis
    Tour benefitting Hyannis Public Library

    Larry Rayment’s dad built this house.  The year was 1946 and as Larry Sr. was digging the foundation, the earth caved in, and he was pinned in an avalanche of dirt and sand.  Luckily, the next-door neighbor came to his rescue and pulled him out.  It was surely a saga of true grit. As the Rayment family settled into their newly built home, they looked to the land surrounding it and what naturally followed was a plan to cultivate the soil and develop an organic landscape. Thus, the garden was born on the southeast side of the property. As a youngster, Larry joined in with hard work and resolve and the vegetable garden flourished. Their harvest was abundant.  So, Larry and his grandad set up a vegetable stand in front of their house on the side of Gosnold Street.  So, it went during the summers of Larry’s childhood, vegetables aplenty and happy, friendly neighbors and customers. Now Larry and his wife, Sharon, own “the house that Dad built” and oh how their gardens grow! Today, on the corner of Gosnold and Estey nestled behind a neatly trimmed privet hedge, a once young Larry is still playing in the dirt.  His magnificent garden stretches out like a masterpiece.  What used to be all vegetables has expanded into a mass of perennials and annuals with a smaller nod to the historic vegetable garden.  There was a time when Sharon joined Larry digging in the soil but what Sharon likes to do now is display several container gardens along the edge of their backyard deck.  And, oh by the way, while you’re admiring the immediate surroundings, take a look southward to enjoy the lovely view of the marshland and just beyond that, you can sneak a peek of the sparkling waters of Nantucket sound! Open for tours: July 9 & July 11. Parking:  along Estey on the right-hand side.  If you are heading to the garden at 70 Gosnold Street, you may leave your car and walk.

    The proceeds from the garden tours will benefit the Hyannis Public Library.  Admission:$5 per garden. Rain or Shine.