Sandwich Garden Club: Glass Town Garden Tour
The Sandwich Garden Club is proud to host this charming garden tour of historic Sandwich. You will see gardens in bloom at the peak of their summer beauty in close proximity to each other to allow for a walking tour (approximately 1-1.5 miles). If you choose to walk, be sure to savor all the other exquisite summer gardens not officially on tour. Take a deep breath, relax, and bring yourself back to a simpler time when horses and buggies traveled our roads and glassblowers worked in factories from dawn to dusk.
Donation: $20.00 for all six gardens. Cash only. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event at each garden. You may start your tour at any of the gardens. One ticket will provide entry for the entire tour; merely present your ticket at each garden. Tour signs will direct you all along the way. Tickets can also be purchased in front of the Sandwich Public Library on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Garden #1 “A Family Garden”, 34 Jarves Street, Sandwich
The owners purchased this 1865 Greek Revival house in 1999. At that time, the land was overgrown and overrun with ivy, bittersweet, and raspberries. With help from her parents, three years were spent clearing the beds. Gradually, evidence of a previous owner’s (who lived there from the 1940’s- 1980’s) original plantings began to emerge. New plantings were added from her mother’s gardens in Minnesota and well as plantings from her uncle’s gardens in Pennsylvania. An addition to the house in 2011 resulted in renovated landscaping to both the north and east sides. Raised vegetable beds were added in 2012, and the lawn area on the south side continued to shrink as beds were expanded. Spring color is provided by bulbs, a blooming cherry tree, and rhododendrons. Summer color features a mix of easy-care perennials, such as hostas, peonies, ferns, lady’s mantle, rudbeckia, daylilies, and hydrangeas. A sugar maple and a Japanese maple provide fall color. This year their son is completing his Boy Scout gardening badge and you will see the flowers and vegetables he is growing from seed and seedlings.
Garden#2 "Charming Respite”, 4 Harbor Street, Sandwich
The quaint circa 1827 home, once a double-dwelling house for co-workers at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Factory, was converted to a single- family home in the late 1930’s. You are welcomed to the home through the clematis-covered arbor, flanked by mixed perennial and annual borders leading to a charming herb garden courtyard surrounded by a white picket fence. The herb garden is filled with the scents of basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and sage. Through the herb garden, enter the brick patio with seating for entertaining and a cedar swing perched in front of the fire pit. Mop head and lace cap hydrangea, day lilies, phlox, roses and purple coneflower provide shape and color. Here, as in the herb garden, the focus is on food with a raised bed vegetable garden, raspberries, grapes, bee hive and a pear tree. Containers of flowers including a sweet fairy garden in a 19th century soapstone sink, adorn the patio.
Garden #3 “The Leonard Homestead”, 156 Main Street, Sandwich
Go wander in this homestead garden in the heart of Sandwich. You will find that besides being old (some trees including towering boxwoods go back more than a century) it is deep-rooted, many chambered, colorful and evolving. It’s deep-rooted because trees love its deep soil- arborvitaes, a honey locust, Japanese Junipers, a 90 ft. tulip tree and above them all a Metasequoia, the Dawn Redwood, one of the largest in Massachusetts. Also, ancestral gardeners divided the garden into many semi-hidden parts, creating not one garden but a dozen. And there’s lots of color from rhododendrons, hydrangeas, clematis, roses, lilies, butterfly bushes, Rose of Sharon and long-blooming perennials. Years ago, when the resident Jonathan Leonard was a child, the Leonard family came to Sandwich only in summertime. Leonard’s father (also Jonathan) made the garden burst into riotous bloom only in summer months. Impressed by this, the younger Leonard resolved to see that in rewarding ways this old, deep-rooted, many-chambered garden would continue to evolve.
Garden #4 “At the Park”, 6 Grove Street, Sandwich
Nestled on a hill overlooking Shame Pond and the Grist Mill is a stately Victorian house built in 1888 named “Bendora”. Benjamin Barkley and his first wife Theodora were the original owners of this home, and combined parts of their first names to name their estate. The current owners welcome you to their property with a well-defined border consisting of Asiatic lilies, daylilies, Casablanca lilies, Rose of Sharon, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas. Looking upward, the lawn continues to expand upon its park-like feel with stately evergreens, conifers and holly bushes planted in abundance along the landscape. The exquisite wrap-around porch and beds of roses and hydrangeas create an environment of respite and calm away from the bustling village of yesteryear.
Garden #5 - 176 Main St, Sandwich
Decatur House is an Assisted Living Residence nestled off of Main Street in Sandwich Village. The grounds have been meticulously maintained by its owner. As you enter the property, you are greeted with more than two dozen Nikko-blue and Lace Cap Hydrangeas. The gardens surrounding Decatur House are filled with an abundance of perennials including Casablanca and asiatic lilies, several varieties of Hosta and Roses, English and American Holly trees and bushes and so much more.