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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: July 9, 2024

 

BARNSTABLE

41 Lakeview Drive, Centerville ***OPEN: 9AM-12PM
Tour benefiting Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

This colonial family home incorporates lines of endless summer hydrangeas, mixed with assorted colors, limelights, hydrangea trees, vegetables, and perennials.  This budget friendly and low maintenance garden showcases how to repurpose, divide, and grow trees and plants from seedlings. The family's goal is to create a lovely escape from all of the hustle and bustle of school and extracurricular activities, while enjoying varying blooms every couple of weeks throughout the growing season.  If you're a family on the go, this garden is a must see for ideas surrounding low upkeep, budget friendliness, and beauty. Open for Tours: July 8-12.

 

Permaculture Food Forest on Long Pond and Centerville River: 125 Blantyre Ave., Centerville
Tour benefiting Resilient Roots
Open for Tours: July 9 (Tues) and July 10 (Wed).

Come visit this evolving food forest bordering the Centerville River herring run and Long Pond. This minimal-care, nature-friendly landscape features mainly native plants and is designed to protect our precious water resources. As members of the Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod, the owners practice mostly “no-mow” lawn management utilizing clover as well as extensive use of layered mulching, hügelkultur raised beds, and numerous composting techniques including the use of biochar. The asphalt driveway has been replaced with pervious materials more beneficial to the environment, and the site hosts the first US installation of a FujiClean alternative septic system reducing nitrogen and phosphorus. Biochar will be available for purchase for the benefit of Resilient Roots.
Directions: The site is at the end of a dead-end street, on the south shore of Long Pond, Centerville. Blantyre Ave is off Pine Street, just east of the Pine St/South Main St/ Main St intersection in Centerville. Parking: Park at 113 Blantyre or along the street. Please do not drive into the driveway, as it will be used during the tour for demo and display.
Accessibility: Discretionary. The pervious drive and mulched areas may be challenging for those using canes or walkers. The north side of the house along the pond is somewhat steep with irregular footing. Seating will be available. Dogs: Not allowed. (Our Labrador, Rosie, loves to greet all people but not other dogs.)

 

BREWSTER


Garden Oasis with Beautiful Container Plants: 124 Commons Way, Brewster
Tour benefiting Brewster Garden Club
Different varieties of ornamental trees, bushes and flowers are displayed on this property. Wintergold White Fir, Weeping Cherry, Eastern Redbud, and Weeping Cyprus are some of the interesting tree varieties. Rhododendron, azalea, whipcord, butterfly bush, and a variety of hydrangea are scattered throughout the property. Numerous perennials, native and pollinators, create beautiful shades of color within the gardens. Lilies, coral bells, cone flowers, black-eyed susans, red cardinal, allium, liatris, and beautiful large red canna lilies in late summer are a few of the many plants to visually enjoy. Metal yard art and driftwood adorn the gardens. Numerous container pots are placed around the grounds, on the deck and porch. Date Open for Tours: July 9th & 10th 2024. Directions:  Route 137 to Millstone Rd., continue on Millstone Rd and take right onto Moss Lane.  Turn right onto Commons Way.  Accessibility:  Garden involves stairs.

 

Bay Winds Gardens: 229 Robbins Hill Road, Brewster
Tour benefiting Brewster Garden Club
Running along Robbins Hill Road a multi colored patchwork quilt of day lilies and a bank of golden pacific spreading juniper welcomes you to Bay Winds. Stroll this small but fully landscaped park like setting with a charming backyard She Shed bordered by its very own compass rose patio, stacked stone circular flower garden and vegetable patch. Delightful garden vignettes appear among mature cedar, juniper and pine. Stepping stone paths lead to countless varieties of hydrangea bushes, trees and white climbers on a scalloped cedar fence. Pleasing the senses with shades of green and varied leaf textures… flower boxes, containers and garden art complete the experience. Date Open for Tours: July 9th & 10th 2024.
Directions:
  Route 6A to Lower Rd. Turn onto Robbins Hill Rd. Accessibility:  Accessible

 

Garden Sanctuary: 83 Run Hill Road, Brewster
Tour benefiting Brewster Garden Club
The garden is on two plus acres of gently rolling land with perennial, shrub and vegetable gardens spread throughout and includes a short trail through the woods. The perennial and shrub gardens are a combination and range of native and exotic species in a variety of colors. The property uses minimal irrigation, no herbicides and, in the vegetable garden, the occasional organic pesticide. In various seasons it is home to a herd of five deer, two mallard ducks, a flock of turkeys, a variety of bees and other pollinators, lots of frogs, peepers and birds, some chipmunks, moles and snakes, and a million rabbits.Date Open for Tours: July 9th & 10th 2024. Directions:  Route 6A to Stony Brook Rd. Turn onto Run Hill Road. Accessibility:  Accessible

 

DENNIS
Waterviews and Hydrangeas – 1 Thrizas Way, West Dennis
Garden Tour to Benefit West Dennis Free Public Library
Located in a secluded neighborhood, at the end of the Bass River, is Wrinkle Point, a 60-year old gated community. One Thirza's Way is surrounded with Hydrangeas, which will greet you as you approach the property. As you stroll towards the back of the yard, you will pass various types of Hydrangeas which have been planted over the 50 years the home has been inhabited by four generations of the same family. The backyard has a small English Garden that the owners enjoy from their sun room as they sit and view the activity on Bass River. The embankment leading down to the beach is covered with Rosa Rugosa and other wild Cape Cod vegetation. Come and sit on the deck and view the blue Hydrangeas and the Lilies with a calm southerly breeze keeping you cool, as you ponder which garden to visit next on your tour.

 

Wrinkle Point Garden – 168 Uncle Barney's Road, West Dennis
Garden Tour to Benefit West Dennis Free Public Library
This welcoming garden is located in Wrinkle Point a beautiful neighborhood located on Bass River in West Dennis.  Our yard begins with our beautiful wall of blue/purple hydrangeas. We hope that you will come and visit our recently recreated landscape plan, particularly the new hydrangeas gardens which feature Mophead and Lace Cap Hydrangeas. Open for Tours: July 9 & July 10.
 

171 Fisk Street, West Dennis
Garden Tour to Benefit West Dennis Free Public Library
Located on Kelley’s Pond and near West Dennis Beach, explore a 100+ year old garden with seating areas to watch the seasonal and migrating birds, the scented plantings and experience the warm summer ocean and off pond breezes. Open for Tours: July 9 & July 10.
 

528 Main Street Route 6A, Dennis
Garden Tour to Benefit West Dennis Free Public Library
528 Main Street Historic, and beautifully maintained 1820 with sprawling lawn and gardens. Meticulously maintained plantings add to the charm of this historic Route 6A property, with hydrangeas framing the back covered porch. Open for Tours: July 9 & July 10.

 

524 Main Street Route 6A, Dennis
Garden Tour to Benefit West Dennis Free Public Library
524 Main Street - Borsari Gallery An incredible post and beam barn, built in 1900, renovated in 2008 with 2 acres of professionally maintained grounds. Rolling lawns, lined by roses, hydrangeas, and other perennial plantings, truly define historic Route 6A. Private events of all kinds are held on this idyllic property. Open for Tours: July 9 & July 10.

 

4 Mandigo Road, Dennis
Tour benefiting Youth StreetReach
Donna’s Garden is a beautiful example of a Cape Cod Garden. It includes a “she-shed” and numerous hydrangeas. The proceeds from the tour will support the Youth StreetReach Program which provides monthly breakfast for homeless individuals at the First Baptist Church of Hyannis and now at the First Congregational Church of Falmouth. Open for Tours: July 8 & July 9.

 

15 Love Lane, South Dennis
Tour benefiting West Dennis Garden Club
At the end of a mixed use street, there is a little surprise. Privacy and peace surround this Contemporary Victorian home and gardens. View the hydrangea bordered shell driveway. Sit on the front porch and look out on the park like setting. There are dozens of different hydrangeas, many roses and numerous perennial gardens.  Sit on the rear deck and listen to the trickle of water from the small Koi pond. From the grape arbor walk down the path to the beach on Eagle Pond and you might spot the herons who reside there.  

 

EASTHAM

All Smiles - 115 Oakridge Road, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Public Library
Occasionally, something is such a surprise that you will never forget it. This half-acre garden’s location is totally unexpected. It’s a planted oasis surround by the scrub pine forest.  You will be stunned to find over 70 varieties of Japanese maples, 20 varieties of hydrangea, rivers of grasses and sedums.  A unique collection of specimen evergreens replaces the ubiquitous lawn for year-round interest.  Pollinators abound, enjoying the fruits and nectar of native plants. And finally, the owners have cleverly designed some small outbuildings to enhance the landscape. There are hundreds of ideas within this garden to take home with you.

 

A Touch of Italy - 50 Ellen Road, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Public Library
Villa Sarcione combines old world charm with botanical diversity and includes more than 100 varieties of native and non-native perennials, deciduous and evergreen trees. Explore the half-acre of common and unique species of plantings mingled with statues, metal sculptures, water features, marble mosaic, granite piazetta, Adirondack stone fireplace, pergola, wood fired oven and even a bocce court. Fruit trees, highbush blueberries, thornless berries surround the vegetable garden. Look for the giant Sequoia Redwood, Japanese Snow Bell, Crimson Cloud Hawthorne, Roses, Camelias and more among the plantings. You will encounter a wide variety of pollinators and maybe see hummingbirds darting between feeders.

 

Happy Trails - 35 Mallard Lane, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Public Library
St. Francis watches over this garden, just off Widow Harding Pond. It is a mix of mature plantings, which came with the house when the new owners arrived, and many new gardens and delightful pathways. Mature hydrangeas stand next to the lavender-lined drive on one side with a new circular stone garden centerpiece on the other. The owners mixed ornamentals among new fruit trees, a tree nursery and a fenced vegetable garden. You’ll find ideas for both sun and shade seating areas, and interesting uses of beach stones. Ask Peter about the potting benches he built displaying young bonsai trees.
 

Clairvue - 1200 Bridge Road, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Public Library
This garden was literally moved from East Orleans to Eastham in 2012 and in the past 12 years it has been enhanced and matured. All plants were carefully selected to ensure year-round interest and maximal benefit for every hour spent on maintenance.  Ground covers, screening plants and trees are thoughtfully arranged. You will find a mix of shade and full-sun plantings which could fit into any landscape. The vegetable garden has two beds raised to sitting height.  And organic fertilizer and compost ensure plant health and reduce maintenance.  Don’t miss the chance to speak with Connie for tips and ideas.
 

“Gardens Connecting Neighbors” - 5 Teal Way, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Public Library
Everything changed during Covid.  Urged to maintain ‘social distancing’, we focused outdoors.  These neighbors went further.  The border between their properties was landscaped providing the feeling of greatly expanded spaces.  Specimen rhododendrons serve as the backdrop and native plantings liven woodland gardens. Perennial gardens with extended blooming brighten the surroundings of the homes.  A vegetable garden maximizes enjoyment of a side yard while rock walls and berms add interest.  Fire pits were built as gathering places and paths were created connecting these properties and the neighborhood beyond.  These gardens will change how you view the boundaries of your own property.

 

 

FALMOUTH

Colorful Themed Gardens: 5 Marvin Circle, Falmouth OPEN: 1-4PM
Tour benefiting Falmouth Art Center
Themed colorful gardens are woven throughout the landscape bursting with color and blooms. With over 5,000 flowering shrubs and perennials, every color in the rainbow is represented in abundance. Gardens include the sunken mermaid garden, the arbor garden, the castle garden, the long garden and Reggie’s garden, shaped like a heart, in memory of their beloved dog.
Directions: Take Woods Hole Road south and take a right on McCallum Drive, to Marvin Circle. Parking: Along center circle. Accessibility: discretionary
 

SANDWICH

Fornari’s Garden: 2 Lawrence Pond Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Sandwich Arts Alliance
Discover what two plant-lovers (one a Marine Geologist and the other a Garden Speaker/Writer) do with 2.5 acres. This property has flower power! See several perennial beds, a large vegetable garden, and annuals in containers.  Over 35 varieties of Hydrangeas, all labeled. Learn about the native plants. Be inspired by the large grape arbor and solar heated seed-starting shed.  Enjoy the perfume and motion in the fragrance/bird garden. This long, thin property slopes down to Lawrence Pond, and features unusual trees, flowering shrubs, and a lawn that hasn’t been fertilized in 11 years. See artists working in the gardens. Accessibility: A steep driveway, many mulched or uneven paths.
Directions: From Race Lane in Barnstable go west until it turns into Farmersville. Pass Great Hill Rd on right and turn right onto Stowe Rd by large Camp Lyndon Y Sign. Lawrence Pond Lane is an immediate right into the small cul-de-sac but best parking is on Stowe Road.


Dileo’s Garden - 2 Westwind Circle, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Sandwich Arts Alliance
When you visit the home of Diane and Frank Dileo, you’ll see what happened when an English country woman and a “rock loving” Italian gentleman designed and created this exquisite, landscaped property.  The topography flows with flowering plants and shrubs, changing with the seasons, positioned to capture the sun.  Don’t miss the ambiance and the romance of their hidden al fresco sitting areas. Diane and Frank will be on the property throughout the day to greet their guests and answer all your questions!

 

YARMOUTH

Linda Coven’s Garden – 121 Camp Street, Unit 106, W. Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod
Strictly Hydrangeas! This unusual and surprisingly expansive garden encompasses two adjacent very hydrangea-centric properties. This park-like setting boasts 500 hydrangea cultivars in various settings throughout both her yard and that of her next-door neighbors. There are garden beds flanking both homes, along the backyard stockade fence, in several island beds, a rather large kidney shaped berm, and a secret garden. In addition to in-ground plantings, there are 25 containers adorning the porches and patio planted with hydrangeas and perennials using the ‘Pot-n-Pot’ method.   There are many companion evergreen shrubs, perennials, and exquisite pieces of garden art to catch your eye as you leisurely tour this hydrangea lover’s dream come true. A ‘Pot-n-Pot’ Container Gardening with Hydrangeas demonstration will be held at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day. This is a Pollinator Pathways Garden. Garden Open of Tours: July 9 & 10.

 

82 Sierra Way West Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Yarmouth Food Pantry
Gardens have winding paths with over 100 Japanese maples. Have over 300 registered Hostas that are labled for ID. There is also a collection of mini hostas which are quite small.  Koi pond surrounded with weeping pines and maples. Many plants and shrubs and flowers are throughout the pathways. There is a bench to sit and see the Koi and waterfall. Bonsai will be displayed on tables or stands in the garden as well. Many different trees are both large and small.  
Directions: We are on Sierra Way and the corner Forest Road. About a mile from the Yarmouth Senior Center. If you are coming from 6 it will be old exit 8 on to Station Ave thru 2 lights make right onto Townsend to next traffic light, make left we are about 2/12 miles on right.
ACCESSIBLE: Flat land Wheelchair or walker friendly. NO DOGS PLEASE
Date(s) Open for tours: July 9-10 & July 13-14
 

41 Sunset Drive, Bass River
Tour benefiting West Dennis Garden Club
Come visit 41 Sunset Drive gardens in the historic Bass River neighborhood. It is located just a few houses away from the Judah Baker Windmill and the Bass River. As you enter the property you will see behind the white picket fence a perennial cutting garden in front of the house which includes shasta daisies, Montauk daisies, pink and peach cone flowers, balloon flowers and bee balm. As you move along the side of the garage to the back gardens you will pass a small garden of zinnias, Russian iris, astilbe and hostas. Along the fence on the side of the property you will enjoy an established perennial garden which blooms from early spring through fall. Over the years the homeowners have collected many pieces of garden art that are sprinkled throughout the garden and on the fence. As you look to the back of the property you will see a green fence of hydrangeas, skip laurel, forsythia and a shade garden of hostas and rhododendrons. Before moving to the Beachway side of the property, don't forget to view the many herb and vegetable pots on the patio and the raised bed vegetable garden. Along Beachway Rd. part of the property is a hedge of mature hydrangea bushes. If you feel like a short walk, follow Beachway Rd. to the end, make a left and see the Judah Baker windmill and the beautiful Bass River. Come back for iced tea and cookies. Enjoy!!