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Garden Tours to Benefit Sturgis Library

July 8, 2024
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    • Dates: July 8, 2024
    • Location: Barnstable
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Start or end your garden tours at Sturgis Library, where you can enjoy the Library's rain garden, culinary corner, native and edible plantings, and the children's garden. There is no admission charge for touring the Library gardens.

    Garden#1 Salten Point Road, Barnstable
    Built harborside on a northeastern point of land with a spectacular view, this 2022 house is surrounded by no less than 26 hydrangeas, interspersed with tall ornamental grasses, rosa rugosa and a host of native plants.  The property faces northeast, taking on the full brunt of Cape Cod’s infamous winter nor’easters.  As Jane says, the most noteworthy aspect of her garden is that these plantings survive and flourish in the face of fierce winds and storm tides.  The garden is thriving, and the native plants have proved themselves particularly hardy.

    Garden#2 - Indian Trail, Cummaquid
    Purchased in 1995, this 17-acre property has an expansive white sand beach and 13 acres of wetland plus 4 acres of upland.  A beautiful creek flows on the east of the property from Barnstable Harbor to the marsh and its osprey nest to the south.  Young hydrangeas line the winding approach, giving way to a barn and plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas and andromeda.  The house itself is dramatically situated facing the dunes, lighthouse and summer cottages of Sandy Neck.  Lawn and gardens surround the house as do Kousa dogwood, choke cherry, oak, pine, crabapple, magnolia, and Japanese cherry trees.  A perennial border leads to the hydrangea-lined in-ground pool.

    Garden#3 Keveney Lane, Cummaquid
    Situated partway along scenic Keveney Lane, this home hides behind a Rose-of-Sharon hedge, which conceals a great sweep of lawn from the building’s southern windows straight down to Hallet’s Millpond, favorite resting spot for spring and autumn bird migrations, and with an active osprey nest easily visible on its pole.  As you walk around the house, you see a border of Gooseneck Loosestrife to your left, and clustered tea roses to your right.  Perennials and a fenced-in vegetable garden further complement a tranquil and beautiful setting.

    Garden #4 Main St., Sandwich [Route 130 stretch]
    What first strikes you on arrival at Gina’s house are the trees: a Japanese red maple, a smoke tree, and 2 Japanese cedars—the largest of which is a magnificent Cryptomeria Japonica.  Since purchasing the property 9 years ago, Gina—a master gardener—has worked to combine herbs, vines, annuals and perennials, and noticeable are the wisteria on the pergola, a sweet pepper bush, hydrangeas and spirea, and a viburnum.  She likes to think of her ongoing creation as a teaching garden, full of natural and native plantings.  Her other name for it is “my little piece of Cape Cod heaven”!

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