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Garden Tours to Benefit Sturgis Library

July 13, 2020
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    • Dates: July 13, 2020
    • Location: Barnstable, MA
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Sturgis Library’s 2020 garden tours, offered as part of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, include a wonderful variety of plantings and landscapes.  This year plein air artists will be painting in some of the gardens – watch for them!  New this year is our partnership with our neighbors as we feature the gardens of the Barnstable Historical Society and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. This is a rain or shine event. Admission is $5 per garden.

    Garden #1 Ginny Verlas’ Garden, East Sandwich
    This very private garden is bordered by a blue hydrangea hedge leading to a lovely shaded water feature which is surrounded by peegee hydrangeas and coneflowers. Further features of the garden are the armillary surrounded by roses, and ultimately the white garden at the far end of the yard.  The gardens surround lovely flagstone patios and a raised deck overlooking it all.   Please park on the same side of the street as the house. Open for tours: July 11 & July 13


    Garden #2 Maggie Crowley’s Garden,  Cummaquid
    Bought from Bert French in 1994, Maggie’s extensive historic property runs to 13 acres of mixed fields and woodlands, including Bert’s apple and peach orchards, his blueberry trees and grass fields bordered on the south side by railroad tracks, and his aptly named No Bottom Pond.  Please avoid the latter!  Maggie has added extensive gardens, mixing vegetables with annual and perennial flowerbeds.  Despite a lack of hydrangeas, the gardens produce a riot of color, thanks in part to large clusters of crocosmia, scented lilies and giant dahlias.  Please park along the left side of the very long driveway, making sure to leave room for cars to pass. Open for tours: July 11 & July 13

     Garden #3 Lisa Tulis Blair Memorial Garden, Barnstable Village
    Admission to this garden will be split between the Barntable Historical Society and Sturgis Library)
    This is a new garden in progress, attached to the Barnstable Historical Society at the Phinney/Jones House across from the Sturgis Library.  A longtime Curator of the Society, Lisa Tulis Blair died on April 1, 2015, and the garden, a blend of grottos and woodland covering 2 ¾ acres, is in the process of being created in her memory.  Villagers and Historical Society members have contributed everything from stone steps to three wooden birdhouses, while the local potter has donated a beautiful ceramic bird bath.  The village blacksmith has created metal railings and volunteers have rebuilt the stone walls, bringing plant and tree offerings to the wild land as well as to the flower and herb border out back.  Please wander along the meandering paths of this calm and peaceful space, to enjoy the results. Parking is available at Sturgis Library and St. Mary’s Church. Open for tours: July 11 & July 13

    Garden #4 St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Gardens, Barnstable Village
    (Admission to this garden will be split between the St. Mary’s and Sturgis Library)
    Originally conceived in 1946 by Rev. Robert Wood Nicholson, St. Marys’ gardens are a hidden treasure of Barnstable Village.  Every spring thousands of yellow daffodils bloom throughout the gardens, and as spring moves into summer each month brings a variety of colors that set off the water features, bridges, stonework, and sculptures.  There is a lovely memorial garden tucked into the woods where visitors can remember loved ones.  A walk through the gardens brings a sense of peace to all who visit there. Parking is available at the Church, or at Sturgis Library. Open for tours: July 11 & July 13