Garden Club of Harwich Tours
6 beautiful gardens plus the historic Harwich Port campgrounds will be open to showcase Cape Cod's signature hydrangeas.
Garden #1 Historical Campground of Harwich Port
Garden Address: Pine St Harwich Port MA
Enjoy this self-guided walking tour of Harwich Port's Campgrounds. Saunter through one of the town's most historically unique and quant areas. The Campground was home to religious revivalist meetings during the Victorian era. View the Victorian seaside architecture against a backdrop of Blue hydrangeas and Cape Cod roses. Stop and chat with the Guild of Harwich artists who will be painting the picturesque scenes.
Directions: From Harwich Port Center, head west on Rt. 28. Turn left on Lower County Rd. Pine St. Is an immediate left. Parking: Parking is available across the street in the Post Office Lot.
Garden #2 Bountiful Borders
Address: 15 Beach Rd., West Harwich
As you enter the garden, take a peek at the blue water of the Sound. The green manicured lawn has a large red blood Japanese maple, a stunning cherry tree, Hinoki Cyprus, Rose of Sharon topiaries and a Magnolia x "Ann". The back yard has an island bursting with perennials. Notice red vein Enkianhus, St. John's Wart, blue Hydrangeas, Spirea, lilies, Mugo pine, Umbrella pine and Blue Spruce. The border has assorted shrubs, perennials and annuals. Notice the Leucothoe and Kousa Dogwood. The gardens were originally a heavily wooded area. It has been a"work in progress".
Directions: From Harwich Port center, head west on Rt. 28. Turn left onto Lower County Road. Turn left on Pinewood Rd. Parking: Parking on right side of street
Garden #3 "Tranquility Garden"
90 Doane Rd., Harwich Port
A gently sloping lawn leads you to a " Tranquility Garden", a half-acre Asian inspired setting which encourages quiet reflection and viewing. Intimate seating areas surround a landscaped pond featuring a statue of Buddha. Seek out the additional secret garden with a water feature and potted bonsai. The main garden features conifers, Lacecap, Nille Blue and Limelight hydrangeas. There is a short woodland walk around the,perimeter of the pond. Many custom Birdhomes ( as featured at the Leftbank Gallery in Wellfleet) will be on display by resident artist Sal in his adjacent garden workshop.
Directions: From Harwich Port center, head west on Rt.28. Turn right on Doane Rd., (laundromat on corner. Not to be confused with Doane Way).
Garden #4 Backyard Retreat
626 Main St Rt.28 Harwich Port
This backyard was revamped in 2016 with a waterfall and a large pond to buffer Rt. 28 noise. Two seating areas were added, one near the pond with a built in firepit, and a dining area. In keeping with the classical architecture, the hard scapes are bluestone and brick. The gardens are bordered with miniature boxwoods and white flowers. A privet hedge was added to the existing fence area with climbing roses. A boxwood garden was added to the front of the house. There is also a sunken rose garden.
Directions: From Harwich Port Center, head east on Rt .28. House is on the corner of Rt. 28 and Freeman Street. Parking: Parking on Freeman St. on the side adjacent to the house. Parking is on one side only.
Garden #5 Kiyushu and Limelights and Quickfires! Oh my!
12 Monomoy Rd., Harwich Port
The homeowners have a love for roses and hydrangeas. From tried and true to new, there are more than ten varieties of both PeeGee and bush hydrangeas. The view of the water is framed by rosa rugosa. There are spiraeas, Hypericum Hidcote, Buddleia Black Night, Clethra Ruby Spice and severalRose of Sharons. Perennials include Nepeta Walkers Low, Pink Gaura, host as and daylilies. There are lots of good old Cape Cod ramblers, many Flower Carpet roses and some Knock Outs. Landscape designer Maria Ruder will be onsite to answer your questions about hydrangeas and all of the plantings.
Directions: From Harwich Port center, head west on Rt. 28. Turn left on Lower County Rd. Turn left on Brooks Rd. Follow to end. Turn right on Monomoy Rd. Parking: Parking on right side of Monomoy Rd.
Garden#6 Tuscan Village
29 Wequasset Rd. Harwich Port
Stepping into this enchanted space filled with hidden vignettes is like wandering through a Tuscan village or hillside in Provence. The 30,000 square foot space was designed in 2001 by the former owner of Patrissi Landscaping. Each garden room sets a unique mood. Wander through a fountain room with high walls of stacked PA fieldstone. Salvaged wrought iron rails edge the stone walls along a sunken garden and pond room. Bluestone and brick walkways lead to each successive surprise including arbors with vines, an espalier end apple tree, dogwoods and rose gardens. Embryonic spaces are crafted with a wide variety of trees and perennials.
Directions: From Harwich Port center, head west on Rt. 28. Turn left on Lower County Rd. Turn left on Weguasset Rd. Parking: Parking on left side of Wequasset Rd.