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Garden Tours to Benefit Yarmouth Port Library

July 17, 2021
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    • Dates: July 17, 2021
    • Location: Yarmouth Port + Cummaquid
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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

    Garden #1  Rambling Rabbit, Yarmouth Port
    Rambling Rabbit is a petite 0.5 acre quintessential cottage garden on Route 6A in the heart of Yarmouth Port specializing in organic cultivation of heirloom cut flowers, over 200 English fragrant roses, flavorful berries, along with unique varieties of herbs and vegetables available for purchase at their roadside farmstand. Home to a historic sea captain's house circa 1700 and an 1850s era one-room schoolhouse sitting in the garden is the artist studio of contemporary botanical fine artist Justina Freel. The garden is a sensuous mix of edibles, flowers and native plants selected for a soft pastel color palette to create calm and tranquility. Formal and free, the garden is made of many rooms of formal structure connected by meandering gravel pathways bordered with free flowing naturalistic native plantings that lead you on a journey through the garden.  

    Garden #2  Singing Marshes, Yarmouth Port
    This interesting garden borders conservation land and overlooks Barnstable Harbor and the Lighthouse at Sandy Neck.  The home is situated  down a narrow road, among the oaks and pines. The gardener has her own kitchen garden containing raspberries, blueberries, beach plums, and vegetables such as asparagus, rhubarb, squash, beans, and cucumbers.  The unique fencing was fashioned to keep out deer, foxes, rabbits and other wildlife. The property features walking paths through the beach plum and juniper shrubs to views of the marsh beyond.  Hydrangeas flourish on the home’s North side.  An interesting arbor, constructed by a friend from small cedar trees, stands by the garden shed. This is a rare opportunity to visit this special place.

    Garden #3 Condon Garden, Yarmouth Port
    The Condons were commercial hydrangea propagators and growers for 40 years and, as one might suspect, this is a very hydrangea-centric site. They continue to expand their ‘collections’ which now contain 300 plus hydrangeas in ground with additional container specimens to emphasis this growing technique. H. macrophylla is the dominantspecies, along with collections of H. paniculata and H. quercifolia cultivars. More recently a number of H. serrata and H. arborescens plants have beenadded to the mix. The Condons are also serious veggie growers utilizing raised beds to produce a wide range of favorites. Fruit is in the mix too – berries and figs (always hopeful), and a new orchard of peaches and plums is developing.   

    Mal ‘The Hydrangea Guy’ and Mary Kay will be in the Garden and happy to answer questions and share their learnings about their favorite ‘woody ornamental’ genus. 

    Garden #4 Laliberte Garden, Cummaquid
    This garden features a host of blooming trees and perennials, designed for continuous bloom from April through October. In addition to hydrangeas the garden also has numerous shrubs, including large rhododendrons and a hedge that reaches eight feet in front of the house. There are also herbaceous perennials, such as peonies and hibiscus, and also gladiolus bulbs.


    Established in 1866, and the only Yarmouth library north of Route 28, the Yarmouth Port Library is a public but privately-financed library with full CLAMS access.  Mainly serving the nearby northside community, the library welcomes all visitors.