Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Garden Tours - July 7
Garden#1 181 Thacher Shore Road, Yarmouth Port
The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society welcomes you to this hydrangea-centric garden in Yarmouth Port. The Condon’s were serious commercial hydrangea propagators and growers for 40 years. They purchased their Yarmouth Port property early in 2014 and have planted over (200) hydrangeas on the property. H.macrophylla is the dominant species with H. paniculata and H.quercifolia in the mix. The Condon’s are serious veggie growers as well utilizing raised beds to produce a wide range of favorites. Fruit is in the mix too – berries and figs (hopefully), and a new orchard of peaches and plums is progressing.
Mal ‘The Hydrangea Guy’ and Mary Kay will be giving “Summer Pinch Pruning Demonstrations” at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. This is an optional summer-time pruning technique for H. macrophyllas. Best done in July, this exercise creates a fuller plant, checks plant height, and best of all, increases the potential for more blooming the following summer. Be sure to note the start times; each session will last about 45 minutes. Open: Saturday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 11
Directions: From the Mid-Cape Hwy, exit 7; head north on Willow Street to Route 6A, turn right and continue past the Old Yarmouth Inn (on the right), just opposite the Yarmouth Port Post Office (also on the right), turn left on Thacher Street, continue to the end and turn right on Thacher Shore Road - ‘181’ is 200 yards on the right. Please park on the south side of the road, along the conservation property.
From the Mid-Cape Hwy, exit 8; head North on Union Street to Route 6A and turn left, at Church Street turn right, continue short distance and turn left on to Thacher Shore Road, ‘181’ is the first home on the left.
Garden #2 2390 Main Street, West Barnstable
The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is delighted to have this quintessential antique Cape salt-box cottage and barn and lovely small garden areas on tour, located in West Barnstable. Created and nurtured by Gail over the past four years, there is much to enjoy. The front approach garden features Nantucket Blue Hydrangeas and red geraniums in window boxes. H.macrophylla ‘Zorro’, pink ‘Knock-out’ roses, and an herb garden fill one side of the property. The other more major side has a fenced kitchen / veggie garden and a significant stone wall, with many genera in residence - baptisia, Rosa rugosa ‘Linda Cambell’, skimmia, H.paniculata ‘Angel’s Blush’ and ‘Pinky Winky’, creeping phlox, Darlow’s Enigma roses, and several H.macrophylla cultivars. Behind the house you’ll find kiwi vine and a sizeable H.anomala,ssp.petiolaris climbing hydrangea. Open: Saturday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 11
Directions: This is an easy location to find on Route 6A. Take exit 6 (route 132) off the Mid-Cape Hwy and head north to Route 6A / Main Street. Turn right (east) and 2390 is approx. 0.6 miles on the left. Ample parking exists across the street in the elementary school site.
The proceeds from the garden tours will benefit the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society. Admission:$5 per garden. Rain or Shine. Pay cash at the door.