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Garden Tours to Benefit Yarmouth Port Library

July 11, 2024
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    • Dates: July 11, 2024
    • Location: Yarmouth Port
    • 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.

    #1 Mal and Mary Kay Condon’s ‘Hydrangea Farm’: Yarmouth Port
    The Condon Garden has been on tour for every year of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival’s existence and the gardeners are especially pleased to be part of this year’s Tenth Anniversary. The Condon’s were commercial hydrangea propagators and growers for 40 years and, as one might suspect, this is a very hydrangea-centric site. They continue to tweak their collections which now contain almost too many hydrangeas ‘in ground’. Additional container specimens are also featured to emphasize the increasingly popular ‘Pot N Pot’ and Bag N Pot’ growing technique they popularized many years ago. H. macrophylla is the dominant species, along with collections of H. paniculata, bH. serrata, and H. quercifolia cultivars. H. arborescens plantings have become more significant too owing to the introduction of many new varieties. The Condon’s are also serious veggie growers utilizing raised beds to produce a wide range of favorites. A somewhat struggling peach orchard is in the mix too along with an ample rhubarb collection and an expanded planting of dahlias to satisfy their personal cut flower demand.     

    Mal ‘The Hydrangea Guy’ and Mary Kay will be sharing “Hydrangea Learnings” at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. These will be timely subjects detailing their most recent experiences with Step 2 Pinch Pruning and Container Growing the winter vulnerable H. macrophylla species. Each session will last about 45 minutes.

    Parking is good but Thacher Shore Road is narrow; please follow the docent’s directions and park on the south side of the road, along the conservation property.

    #2 'The Peace Garden:  Yarmouth Port
    Development of this space, situated on a natural rainwater collection area, required removal of substantial overgrown invasive species. It was designed with sensitivity to its fall lines and seasonal hydration levels.  The resulting paths and choice of plantings flow with the topography of this site, whose openness provides a sense of "breathing room" and serenity. A continuing goal is to build a year- round garden: hellebores, winter berry, false holly and a variety of evergreens provide both visual contrast in the warmer months, and colorful highlights in the winter.  Water features encourage bird visitation and refresh the spirit during the warmest of days.  The St. Francis bower in the lower garden includes a memorial to a beloved cousin who relished many a good conversation in his own backyard retreat.  In that spirit of friendship, you are invited to enjoy this season's blooms - including a variety of hydrangeas, with color contrast from day- and hybrid lilies, fragrant roses, and, perhaps, grandmother Edith Rose's showy white peonies.

    #3 Singing Marshes:  Yarmouth Port

    This interesting garden borders conservation land overlooking Barnstable Harbor and the Sandy Neck Lighthouse. The home is situated down a narrow road among native 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. Its unique fencing was designed to keep out deer, foxes, rabbits and other wildlife. The property features walking paths through beach plum and juniper shrubs to views of the marsh beyond, along with a nearby osprey nest. Hydrangeas flourish on the home’s north side. An interesting arbor constructed by a friend from small cedar trees stands by the garden shed. Jams and jellies made by the gardener will be available for sale at the entry of the garden. This a rare opportunity to visit this special place. Directions: Turn onto Center Street off Route 6A, bear left at its end, and soon after, turn left onto Alms House Road. Bear left at a fork and proceed a bit further past the house to a small parking lot at the end of the road. Please do not park directly across from the house’s entry.


    #4 My Dream: 8 Village Lane, Yarmouth Port
    From the Gardner:  My gardens are always evolving. My Monet area in the front garden is flanked with sedums and a little surprise under a shrub. From there on to my wine room and next to the garage my breakfast room. Behind the lattice is my bodacious cutting garden. This year, with an addition of a rabbit fence (hope it works), there are a plethora of flowers and my signature dahlias to enjoy. Stop and visit the fairy garden complete with castle and waterfall. The wall garden is a fun place to sit and enjoy the views. God’s garden is in the corner of the property, a favorite with its hydrangeas. Two hosta gardens are found on either side of the outdoor shower. Please take a minute to sit and enjoy in my many seating areas. My wish is that my gardens bring you inspiration! Enjoy my dream. DIRECTIONS: From Hyannis: take Route 6, take Exit 75, at the end of the ramp turn left(north)on to Union Street. In 1.4 miles down on the left is Village Lane (a cul de sac).  From Yarmouth Port on 6A: heading east, turn right on Union Street, then take the first right onto Village Lane. PARK around the circle-right side only, on one side of Union Street, or by the playground on 6A just around the corner.


    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.