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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: July 8, 2024

 

BARNSTABLE

A Festival of Hydrangeas: 697 Scudder Ave. Hyannis Port
Tour benefiting Hyannis Public Library
On the corner of Irving and Scudder Avenues, in the heart of Hyannis Port, visitors are treated to a beautiful and picturesque Cape Cod property.  The home itself is striking in its understated elegance.  But the hydrangea landscape is what will take your breath away.  Undoubtedly, the gorgeous array of hydrangeas of differing varieties can be celebrated as being among the most stunning and spectacular in this entire lovely seaside community. Hydrangeas abound, some of which display the deep blue color of the macrophylla, and others exhibit the lovely white hue of the paniculata’s graceful cones.  It is a Hydrangea Festival at its best!  Oh! And you won’t be disappointed by the several colorful rose bushes perfectly placed between those impressive hydrangeas. Towering Leland Cypress evergreens, combined with multiple Arborvitaes, keep an ever-watchful eye on the owner’s private yard, both side and back.  On just about every edge of this extraordinary property, whether it’s behind the privacy fence or in front of it, one can enjoy the glorious display of one of Cape Cod’s most famous and renowned plantings. Parking:  Curb side along Irving Avenue, allows visitors to walk between both Hyannis Port properties.

 

Hyannis Port Honey: 56 Irving Ave. Hyannis Port
Tour benefiting Hyannis Public Library
Irving Avenue, a historic address in the heart of Hyannis Port, is home to this attractive and charming quintessential Cape Cod residence. The owner of #56 Irving has taken full advantage of this corner property by designing the lovely landscape in an L-shaped layout of lush greenery, and colorful shrubbery and plantings.  Along the front of the property, passersby can appreciate the gorgeous blue hydrangeas and several varieties of perennials and annuals.  Beyond the white picket fence and graceful gaited archway, visitors can get a peek of the canvas of color created by even more vibrant perennials and annuals. As one passes through the arbor adorned with an array of beautiful climbing roses, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to a sloping garden of beauty, color, and interest. Hydrangeas and rose bushes abound and are interspersed with an artistic arrangement of shrubs, plantings, and flowers.  The Little Dipper and relaxing balcony are a few steps above the lawn where visitors can oversee the home’s lovely stretch of grass and gardens.  This elegant and tasteful property is a summertime oasis of beauty, comfort, and casual fun.
Parking: Curb side along Irving Avenue, allows visitors to walk between both Hyannis Port properties.

 

Northside Serenity: 194 Main St. (Rte. 6A) West Barnstable
Tour benefiting Hyannis Public Library
On the north side of Rte. 6A, at #194 Main Street, in the historic village of West Barnstable, stands a majestic home surrounded by a lush and welcoming landscape.  Upon entering the property, an elegant Threadleaf Japanese maple tree gracefully welcomes visitors.  On each side of the home’s entrance, two gorgeous hydrangeas remain proudly on display.  To the right of the driveway, one can enjoy the comings and goings of the koi pond inhabitants. A wooden foot path, flourishing greenery, and interesting vegetation surround this mesmerizing pool of activity. Visitors may walk along the left side of the home on their way to the back yard while noticing several towering tree trunks beautifully adorned with lovely hydrangea blossoms climbing all the way to the top. Once in the back yard, visitors are treated to even more hydrangea shrubs and an array of perennial and annual plantings. Gazing beyond this beautiful, almost 3-acre property, past the line of majestic trees, one can take pleasure in observing the vast marshland extending to the dunes of Sandy Neck.  All in all this stunning parcel of land offers nature at her best in the spirit of peace and tranquility. Parking: There is limited parking along the driveway and in a small area to the right.  If parking on Rte. 6A, it is best to use the shoulder on the south side of 6A.  Cross the street with caution.

 

Nober Garden: 145 Salten Point Road, Barnstable
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
Built harborside on a northeastern point of land with a spectacular view, this 2022 house is surrounded by no less than 26 hydrangeas, interspersed with tall ornamental grasses, rosa rugosa and a host of native plants. The property faces northeast, taking on the full brunt of Cape Cod’s infamous winter nor’easters. As Jane says, the most noteworthy aspect of her garden is that these plantings survive and flourish in the face of fierce winds and storm tides. The garden is thriving, and the native plants have proved themselves particularly hardy. Please park along the side of the road where indicated by parking signs.

 

264 Indian Trail, Cummaquid, Barnstable
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
Purchased in 1995, this 17-acre property has an expansive white sand beach and 13 acres of wetland plus 4 acres of upland. A beautiful creek flows on the east of the property from Barnstable Harbor to the marsh and its osprey nest to the south. Young hydrangeas line the winding approach, giving way to a barn and plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas and andromeda. The house itself is dramatically situated facing the dunes, lighthouse and summer cottages of Sandy Neck. Lawn and gardens surround the house as do Kousa dogwood, choke cherry, oak, pine, crabapple, magnolia, and Japanese cherry trees. A perennial border leads to the hydrangea-lined in-ground pool. Please park in field (marked with parking signs) about half way down Indian Trail and walk the 1/4 mile to the garden. Those unable to walk that distance may continue on to the property and park along the side of the road or in the driveway.

 

132 Keveney Lane, Cummaquid
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
Situated partway along scenic Keveney Lane, this home hides behind a hedge backed by Rose-of-Sharons, which conceal a great sweep of lawn from the building’s southern windows straight down to Hallet’s Millpond, favorite resting spot for spring and autumn bird migrations, with an active osprey nest easily visible on its pole. As you enter the property, you encounter plantings by Susan’s parents—a massive yew, a big cedar, a magnificent Kousa Dogwood, and to the left of the house, a long border of rhododendrons and gooseneck loosestrife. To your right are a variety of rose bushes, including a number of David Austins. Perennial beds, lilac, hydrangeas and a fenced-in wildflower garden further complement a tranquil and beautiful setting. Please park along the side of the road where indicated by parking signs.

 

Berry, Berry Beautiful: 126 Huckleberry Lane, Marstons Mills
Tour benefiting Hyannis Public Library
Among the “Berry Lanes” of Marstons Mills, on the corner of Huckleberry Lane and Lakeside Drive, #126 Huckleberry displays a magnificent landscape of beauty, color, and splendor. The owners have cultivated this property over the years with an artistic flair and skillful, loving hands.  From spring until fall Mother Nature shows her stuff.  In July, the hydrangeas are in striking bloom. Roses, zinnias, sunflowers, and several other vibrant perennials show off their personalities in an eye-catching display of color and charm.  Among the returning blooms of the myriad perennials, one can enjoy the multi-colored accents of some lovely annuals. In the center of the property, the owners have created a magnificent garden of hearty vegetables.  Tomatoes, cukes, and green beans are but a few of the many delicious veggies that the family will be growing and nurturing this season, much to the delight of friends and neighbors. So, come and visit this well-cared for landscape, and see for yourself how hard work and loving hands can create both beauty and bounty.

 

Resilient Roots Garden - 995 Cotuit Rd (Route 149), Marstons Mills
Tour benefiting Resilient Roots
*** Open for Tours: July 8 (Mon) and July 10 (Wed) from 10 am to 1 pm

Have an in-depth look at the Resilient Roots Garden at Fuller Farm, a Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) property. Resilient Roots leases land from BLT and has created a demonstration garden that showcases low-maintenance ways to grow a variety of fruits, herbs, berries, and support plants that provide nutrients and encourage beneficial insects. Enjoy our pollinator garden and fruiting hedge that feed people and wildlife. Sit by our mini pond and enjoy frogs and dragonflies, important parts of our insect-balancing plan. Enjoy our extensive vegetable beds that provide food to local pantries. We will be there to explain our eco-friendly approach to gardening. Directions: Fuller Farm is directly on Route 149 (Exit 65, formerly 5 from Route 6). You’ll see the garden beyond the barn, at the bottom of the hill, in a fenced-in area. Parking: Park in the parking lot at Fuller Farm, accessed from Route 149. Accessibility: Difficult: this site has a steep hill leading down to the garden.
Dogs: Not allowed inside the garden fence.

 

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

 

DENNIS
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.

 

Seaside Sunsets - 2 William Crowell Road, Dennis *** OPEN: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Tour benefiting Village Garden Club of Dennis

Come for the hydrangeas, stay for the sunset! For one night only, enjoy this evening garden viewing, perhaps, after you take in an early dinner at one of the many restaurants along historic route 6A. This ocean front garden boasts many garden beds which have been nurtured by the work of a newer, ‘accidental’, gardener. The grounds contain a vibrant mixture of hundreds of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees and, of course, hydrangeas. Over 140 hydrangeas in all represent nearly 20 varieties across the color spectrum- blue, pink, white and purple!  Walk this over one acre property sited magnificently and directly on Cape Cod Bay. Sit by the pool and stay for the sunset. Enjoy the serenity of a 180-degree view of Cape Cod Bay while sipping a glass of wine or beer provided, for sale, by the Village Garden Club of Dennis. Snacks will also be available for purchase. All the proceeds will benefit the VGCD Community Outreach and Scholarship Program.
Linda Coven, one of the Cape’s leading experts on hydrangeas, and past President of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society will be offering a free talk on ‘Summer Pinch Pruning Hydrangeas’.
Please, park only, and for free, in the adjacent Corporation Beach parking lot.  The home can be accessed, as indicated, from the beach parking lot.
 

SANDWICH

Fornari’s Garden - 2 Lawrence Pond Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Sandwich Food Pantry
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. Ask for the list of favorite plants. 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.

 

104 Main St. (Route 130), Sandwich
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
What first strikes you on arrival at Gina’s house are the trees: a Japanese red maple, a smoke tree, and 2 Japanese cedars—the largest of which is a magnificent Cryptomeria Japonica.  Since purchasing the property 9 years ago, Gina—a master gardener—has worked to combine herbs, vines, annuals and perennials, and noticeable are the wisteria on the pergola, a sweet pepper bush, hydrangeas and spirea, and a viburnum.  She likes to think of her ongoing creation as a teaching garden, full of natural and native plantings.  Her other name for it is “my little piece of Cape Cod heaven”!

 

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