Hydrangea Festival at Heritage Museums & Gardens
The annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival returns, celebrating the iconic plant that makes Cape Cod so stunning from July through September. See the expanded North American Hydrangea Test Garden, the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society’s superb Display Garden, participate in workshops, purchase plants, and tour Heritage’s gardens, which now include eight species of hydrangeas and over 170 exceptional cultivars. All programs are free with museum admission. No advance registration required.
Hydrangea Basics Walk and Talk
Friday, July 12–Sunday, July 21
Knowledgeable guides lead a walk through the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Garden’s historic cultivars and the North American Hydrangea Test Garden’s current reblooming hybrid varieties, providing an introduction to growth and blooming characteristics, and discussing cultural best practices for your hydrangeas.
Saturday, July 13: 1:30-2:30 pm
Tuesday, July 16: 1:30-2:30 pm
Friday, July 19: 1:30-2:30 pm
Join the Heritage Horticulture staff to learn how to selectively prune your plants to improve vigor, increase bloom density, check plant height, and enhance ornamental value. Discuss the tools, techniques, and timing needed for effective pruning, and watch a demonstration of summer pinch pruning.
All Things h. macrophylla – Getting to Know Our Favorite Species Better
Sunday, July 14: 1:30-2:30 pm
Wednesday, July 17: 1:30-2:30 pm
We all love the h. macs! These are the most common type of hydrangea found in the U.S., also called bigleaf hydrangeas, recognized by their large mophead or lacecap blooms. Their great bloom form and color range can be exceptional. But consistent success with this species can be difficult and frustrating. Our Curator of Hydrangeas Mal Condon will share his personal cultural experiences and offer some best practices for achieving better plant performance.
Heavenly Hydrangeas Talk and Book Signing
Saturday, July 20: 1:30-2:30 pm
Join local author and expert Joan Harrison for this special session as she shares the best methods for achieving vibrant bloom color. Her book, Heavenly Hydrangeas, will be available for purchase and for signing.
Unsung Hydrangea Stars
Monday, July 15: 1:30-2:30 pm
Thursday, July 18: 1:30-2:30 pm
Members of the Heritage Horticulture staff will reveal their own “best” selections – those hydrangeas that have been the most consistently good performers in our plantings throughout Heritage. Bring your questions for the staff, who will share the particulars that contributed to their choices.
Other programs happening during the Hydrangea Festival….
Standard Flower Show
Tuesday, July 16: 1-5pm
Wednesday, July 17-Thursday, July 18: 10 am-5 pm
This major flower show is presented at Heritage by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Southeastern District's garden clubs and its award-winning Design & Horticulture Study Group. See beautiful, creative floral designs, lush seasonal horticulture, fascinating educational displays, and artistic crafts alongside Heritage Museums & Gardens’ renowned collections. In honor of Heritage’s 50th anniversary, this year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Bountiful Heritage”! Free with museum admission. No advanced registration required.
Hydrangea University – Save the Date!
Friday, July 12
Heritage Museums & Gardens and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society (CCHS) are pleased to again partner and present the fourth edition of our annual Hydrangea University – the premier opening event of the annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival. Expert speakers will inspire and entertain while increasing participants’ knowledge of hydrangeas. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Display Garden and the North American Hydrangea Test Garden. Admission to all of Heritage Museums & Gardens will also be included with registration, and each participant will receive a goodie bag and a hydrangea plant to take home. Advance registration is recommended, as space is limited. Stay tuned for further details!