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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: July 13, 2024


Cranberry Gables on Maple,
390 Maple Street, W. Barnstable
Tour benefiting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod
The Japanese concept of WABI-SABI best describes the Wallace’s Garden paradise - that gardens don't have to be perfect to be beautiful, useful, and enjoyable. Come and enjoy our unusual, framed topiary - giraffe, lion (in the pet cemetery), tortoise, & rabbits, free style topiary of trees & shrubs, and a 40-year collection of trees, shrubs, plants, and bulbs from unique Nurseries, Catalogs & Gardening Friends. Our garden artistry is playful and quirky – a la Alice in Wonderland. The property is parklike with mature native trees, a variety of hydrangeas, wide walking paths, and plenty of places to sit and ponder.  We will have a raffle for a triple decker bird house and a Plein Air Artist painting in the garden. Garden talks at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Open for Tours: July 13 &14.


Heart’s Ease at Compass Rose Center - 1106 Main St. West Barnstable
Tour benefiting Whelden Memorial Library

Heart’s Ease encompasses the grounds of Compass Rose Center in West Barnstable, a place for Navigating Life & Nourishing Spirit. The gardens are a mix of old and new, with an emphasis on native species and pollinator friendly choices. Parking: Compass Rose parking lot, 12 regular spaces and one accessible space. Accessibility: Level ground, accessible property by wheelchair for most of the property Dogs: No. Open for Tours: July 13th & 14th.

Meetinghouse Farm: 2135 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable
Tour benefiting Whelden Memorial Library
Nestled within the West Barnstable community lies Meetinghouse Farm, a verdant oasis and horticultural sanctuary. Step into a world of natural beauty and tranquility as you embark on a journey through lush gardens and verdant greenhouse. Wander through the labyrinth and take leisurely strolls across the sprawling grounds of this cherished local gem. Experience the harmony of nature and humanity in perfect union at Meetinghouse Farm. Parking: small gravel road/culdesac on property, or parking at Fire Station and walking over. Open for Tours: July 6, 7, 13, & 14.


Howe Gardens: 1124 Old Stage Road, Centerville ***OPEN: 9-1pm
Tour benefiting Whelden Memorial Library

We hybridize (breed) daylilies We currently have 23 registered with the American Daylily Society. In our gardens there are about 75 flowers by other growers and several hundred of our own crosses, either never seen before first year flowers or older blooms under evaluation. We also have many other perennials. A Cape Cod Daylily will be offered to one lucky visitor. Parking: Available on opposite side of Old Stage Road. Accessibility and Dogs: Wheelchair accessible with assistance. Restrained dogs are welcome. Open for Tours: July 13th & 14th.

Julie's Secret Beech: 741 Oak St. West Barnstable
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Challenger Club
The backbone of this garden was established in the 1950's by the arborist for the Colgate family and features many mature specimen trees, highlighting a near centennial European copper beech, surrounded by an acre of sweetgum, dogwood, magnolia, espalier fruit, Japanese bell flower and a variety of unique evergreens. Meandering brick paths and rock walls circle through newer additions of hydrangeas, over 100 cultivars of hosta, hybrid daylily and native hellebores. Eclectic and somewhat whimsical, the Secret beech invites one to wander through multiple garden rooms, past statues, trellises and water features. Open for Tour: July 12 & 13. Meet the creators of Cape Cod Challenger Green Fertilizer and bring your questions. Watch the Boston Channel 5 segment featuring Cape Cod Challenger Green Fertilizer. Directions and Parking: Oak St. runs between Rte. 6a and Old Stage Rd. the garden is north of Rte. 6 with parking on the east side of the street. Accessibility: Discretionary, uneven land, set of stairs, soft ground.

Harmony Haven: A Permaculture Food Forest Journey: 99 Crocker Road, West Barnstable
Tour benefiting Resilient Roots
This enchanting food forest garden is a harmonious tapestry of edible delights nestled in vibrant mosses and greenery. As you wander through this sustainable oasis, you’ll discover a diverse ecosystem of fruit and nut trees gracefully intermingling with berry bushes, perennial vegetables, and herbs. Each plant plays a vital role in fostering a self-sustaining environment that mimics a natural forest’s biodiversity. Be captivated by the interplay of colors, textures, and fragrances as you explore the 24 raised beds behind the greenhouse. This gardener’s commitment to permaculture is evident in the lush layers of vegetation creating a bountiful feast for the senses. Open for Tours: July 12 (Fri), July 13 (Sat), July 14 (Sun)
Directions: Exit 65 (formerly 5) from Route 6 to Route 149, to Cedar Street, which turns into Crocker Road as it bears right. The location is at the bottom of a hill.
Parking: The garden is at the end of Crocker Road. Please park on either side of the street and walk up the driveway. If you need handicapped parking, there will be four spots at the top of the driveway.
Accessibility: Discretionary. There are no paved pathways except under the pergola to the main entrance off the driveway . The garden may be accessible for a walker but would be difficult with a wheelchair. There are no steps, but some grade changes may be difficult to manage, especially if the ground is wet. Dogs: Service dogs that are on a leash are welcome; please clean up after.


Edible Sanctuary: Zen, Fruits, and Vegetables: 396 Cotuit Bay Drive, Cotuit
Tour benefiting Resilient Roots
Enjoy this organic garden transformed from a grassy lot into a set of unique spaces with distinct characteristics. The homeowners have created an edible landscape using companion planting principles. The design has both sunny and wooded areas. In the backyard, you’ll find edibles tucked into pockets of sun along flower beds. A stream and water feature draw visitors in, and a circular path leads to a shady corner for quiet contemplation. The focal point is the vegetable garden, which is lined with espaliered fruit trees, grapevines, nut trees, fruiting shrubs, and herbs. This garden offers inspiration to create your own edible sanctuary. Directions: Cotuit Bay Drive is off Old Post Road, which is off Route 28. Parking: Park in the driveway or in front of the house along the road. Accessibility: Discretionary. Has some uneven land and soft ground. Dogs: Not allowed. Hydrangeas: Just a few, but they are not the focus of this garden.

Hidden Gem: 406 Old Mill Road, Osterville ***Open: 10AM-3PM
Tour benefiting Osterville Village Library
Tucked far back from the road at the end of a long driveway, this Hidden Gem never fails to surprise and delight visitors! Greeting you upon arrival, a white picket fence lined with Pink Roses paired with catmint gives way to meandering lawn paths that guide you past perennial and shrub borders tucked alongside the woods. Fieldstone retaining walls create various levels and layers of interest, and a cozy bluestone patio hugs the house, bordered by perennials and annuals for season-long color. Close by is a lower sitting area surrounded by large, blue-leaved hostas and crowned by a young crape Myrtle Tree whose shade will soon create a welcoming oasis on warm summer days. The rear yard beckons with a dense border of Nikko Blue Hydrangeas that screen a charming garden house and lower working gardens whose raised beds are filled with vegetables, herbs, and flowers for cutting. Nearby, tall Ornamental Grasses that sway in the breeze offer a glimpse of the mid-level crushed stone patio with sitting area and firepit. And cloaked with a sturdy climbing Hydrangea, the outdoor shower at the back of the house is the perfect spot to wash your cares away at the end of a long day in the garden or at the beach. Note: This garden has a long driveway to walk down from the street parking. Open for tours: July 12 & 13. Directions: Main St. Osterville to Old Mill Rd. (near Fancy’s Market). Parking: parking will be on Old Mill Road, on the side without the curb, then walk the length of the 500' driveway to get to the property.


Hydrangea Bliss: A Coastal Garden Showcase: 251 Bridge Street, Osterville ***Open: 10AM-3 PM
Tour benefiting Osterville Village Library
This coastal classic planting of Nikko blue Hydrangeas spilling over onto the front lawn draws you down the street. Stone column entry plantings of soft yellow Knockout Roses, pale blue Russian Sage and Rozanne Geraniums lead you into the circular driveway where a flagpole is surrounded with Limelight Hydrangea's. Mixed in the front are mass plantings of Quickfire Hydrangea's, Russian Sage as well as Sedums and Lilly's. Along the front of the house more blue Hydrangeas and white Annabelle lncrediball Hydrangeas fill the beds. This area is underplanted with perennials such as Astilbe's, Hosta's and Rozanne geraniums to repeat and tie in the colors thus completing the look. Continuing around to the side and back of the house, several varieties of blue and Pink Hydrangeas pill over a white fence along the side driveway. The large sunny back yard is filled with mature Rhododendron's and more Hydrangea's. Large Buddleia in shades of blue and lavender attract pollinators and repeat the soft blue and white palette. A patio filled with large planters in complimenting colors soften the stone area and allows views of the gardens. Garden designed and maintained by Kara McGrath Designs. Open for tours: July 12 & 13. Parking: along Bridge and side street. Accessible: flat land, hard ground, stone or paved walkways. Wheelchair or walker friendly.


 An Extraordinary Bayview Garden:  455 Bridge Street, Osterville ***Open: 10AM-3PM
Tour benefiting Osterville Village Library
This garden offers spectacular views of West Bay, featuring a thoughtful driveway border and mature hydrangeas encircling the home, which overlook the vibrant marsh and bird habitat. The lush blooms of the hydrangeas contrast beautifully with the natural backdrop, making this compact space a plein air painter's paradise. It’s not just visually delightful; the garden also supports local wildlife, providing a peaceful setting that enhances both the beauty of the surroundings and the creative spirit of those who visit. Open for tours: July 12 & 13. Directions: West Bay Rd. straight through Parker Rd Intersection, left on to Bridge Street. Follow signs. Garden Parking: On side of road. Accessible: flat land, hard ground, stone or paved walkways. Wheelchair or walker friendly.


BURGESS  HOUSE, 559 Route 149, Marstons Mills
Tour benefiting Marstons Mills Historical Society
Come to visit the Burgess House (559 Route 149 in Marstons Mills) to enjoy an amazing display of cultivated wildflowers of many kinds. Included will be a Stewartia tree, Weigela Midnight Wine, Ninebark Amber Jubilee, Lupine, Coneflower, Cransebill Geranium, Panicle Hydrangea Limelight, and endless Summer Hydrangea’s (pink and blue with mophead flowers). In addition to the wildflowers, the garden features foundation plantings and perennials which were originally planted in 2020 and have beautifully matured.


LONGMEADOW FARM, 611 Santuit-Newtown Road, Marstons Mills
Tour benefiting Marstons Mills Historical Society
This amazingly large garden of flowering and non-flowering plants and vegetables is must-see. Among them are a set of wildflowers, perennials, sunflowers, herbs, and zinnias, and then an array of fruit and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, garlic, onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, green beans, summer squash, and zucchini. Among others are the still-growing vegetables for Fall harvest, such as carrots, turnips, winter squash, pumpkins, cabbage, and gooseberries. A hay field can also be seen, and some ripened flowers and vegetables will be available for purchase.

14 Fulling Mills Lane, Marstons Mills
Tour benefiting Marstons Mills Historical Society
You are in for a pleasant surprise at these gardens. Three different cottage-style gardens—a shade garden, a rock garden, and a 75-foot perennial garden. The site overlooks the Marstons Mills River. After 30 years of drought and weeding, come to visit, see, and enjoy a wide variety of species, including hydrangea, lilies, iris, phlox, and much more.

1960 Main Street, Marstons Mills
Tour benefiting Marstons Mills Historical Society
You will walk down the hosta-lined driveway, bordered by mature shrubs of rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurel. Then you will go to a back garden where day lilies surround the deck and see multiple raised beds for vegetables and young perennials. A section of fence supports a living hedge of climbing hydrangea. The shady part of the yard features hosta’s, ferns, Japanese forest grass, and European ginger. Extensive perennial beds have black-eyed susan, globe thistle, tall phlox, and a row of hydrangea, to a rock garden. A raised bed, backed by a hydrangea row, oriental lilies, and hollyhock complete the tour.


Donna Garrabrant’s Garden - 83 Prince Way, South Dennis
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
When Donna Garrabrant and her husband purchased their hilltop home in Dennis in 2003, the gardens they inherited needed extensive work. Donna designed planting beds, rock walls and terraces and oversaw the necessary site work.  Then she began planting.  Twenty-one years later the property shines from spring through fall with a wide variety of mature specimen trees, shrubs, and perennials.   Included are more than 80 hydrangeas, many of which Donna propagated herself. This garden also features roses, cone flowers, sky blue alliums, black-eyed susans, phlox, hosta, many intriguing pieces of garden art and colorful containers.  Come visit and see for yourself how Donna’s vision has come to life.

George & Marcia Chapman’s Garden -
28 Sady’s Lane, East Falmouth
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
Archways, espaliers and a unique style of evergreen pruning make up the bones of this forty-year-old garden, The planting beds, containers and vistas undergo dramatic change every year. Returning visitors will see the expansion of the moss garden, a new dwarf conifer garden and a unique hypertufa planter display. Unusual annuals, perennials and tropical plants accent the gardens throughout the property. Practical gardening ideas and inspiration to take home to your garden can be seen everywhere as you explore this property’s many meandering paths.  Both George and Marcia are professional horticulturists whose garden has been featured in Falmouth Living, Cape Cod Home and Fine Gardening magazines. This property is a true labor of love, and the Chapmans enjoy sharing it. Open for Tours: Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13.


Richard & Allyn Michaelson’s Garden - 12 Sheeps Crossing Lane, Woods Hole
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
In 1994, Richard and Allyn Michaelson built their home on a wooded acre that slopes 40' up from the street to the rear of the property. With rough drawings from a landscape architect, Richard is now 30 years into a 5-year plan.  The front garden is marked by a large beech tree and complemented with hydrangeas, ferns, hostas, rose of sharon, butterfly bushes, Japanese red maples, pine trees, kousa dogwood trees, and more. On the west side of the house, there is a long pachysandra bed and additional hydrangeas. A path leads to an inground pool where a stone retaining wall lines a bed awash with color from hydrangeas, hostas, a growing selection of daylilies, and others. There is also an upper terrace complete with a firepit and a pathway that provide a comfortable shady area to sit and enjoy the greenery, climbing hydrangea, and the view. Open for Tours: Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13.


Cassell Property – 75 Willow Field, N. Falmouth
Tour benefiting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod
Visit a peaceful three-acre woodland and garden retreat when you visit.  Native woods ring the house and feature a 375 rhododendron and azalea dell along with several shrub collections. Accessible moss-covered pathways invite you to stroll between displays illustrating the plantings and seasons of the woods. Within the ring is a picturesque pond, stone bridge, and soothing waterfall. Around the house are many perennials, vegetables, herbs, unique shrubs, and collections of heather, lavender, hosta, and hellebores. Some 35 hydrangea and 20 Japanese maples are interwoven into the landscape fabric. Throughout the property are stone features and many native and pollinator plants. This property is for photographers, for those who delight in seeing new gardens, and for those who seek to re-energize in the shadows of Mother Earth. Garden talks at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Open for Tours: July 12 &13.


Bill Guggina’s Bluff House – 100 Moorland Road, Falmouth
Tour benefiting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod
Welcome to The Gardens at 100 Moorland Road, a quintessential Cape Cod scene set on a bluff overlooking Vineyard Sound.  While the garden plantings are relatively new due to a recent home renovation, you will be captivated and inspired by the variety of plantings, areas of interest, and the stunning ocean views of the sound.  The owner has also built over 250 feet of dry-stone walls on the property to provide various aesthetic and functional purposes.  This is a place where human craftsmanship and natural beauty come together in perfect harmony allowing visitors to immerse themselves in its tranquility and serenity. Garden talks at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Parking: Park along the short dirt road that leads to the driveway. If the dirt road is full, signs will point to off-site parking, about 600 feet away. Accessibility: Discretionary.


Dan Pessoni’s Garden - 4 Driftwood Lane, E. Orleans
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
Dan Pessoni is known locally as “Dan, the Lily Man” and rightly so. His Driftwood Garden is the Outer Cape’s only nationally registered American Daylily Display Garden, with 700 different labeled varieties. In a shaded area abutting the large lily display are more than 350 labeled varieties of hosta, with special beds for small and miniature varieties. Interspersed among the hosta are heuchera, ferns, and Solomon’s Seal.  Driftwood Garden also boasts a collection of more than 100 labeled hydrangea varieties and a large vegetable garden with an incredible romaine lettuce patch. Located throughout the property are 15 specimen trees, including stewartia, epatacodium (seven son flower), tricolor leaf beech and heritage birch.  Come meet Dan in his wonderland.


Ginger's Garden of Weedin’  ***OPEN: 10AM-3PM
69 Captain Stanley Road, South Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Immune Deficiency Foundation
Eclectic- Located in The Captain’s Village, a whimsical and eclectic garden full of surprises await you! Rocks, stones, and granite are plentiful, being used in edging of my perennial gardens, in keystone granite pieces for raised vegetable plots, and granite sitting benches. A delightful soothing cascading coy pond with a year-round resident frog, “Freddy” who loves to sunbathe on a slab of field stone. Surrounding Freddy’s brick walkway compound, he is engulfed with a Rose of Sharon, lavender, daisies, hostas, strawberries, iris, and other perennials- including a 85 lb. clam shell from shores of Hawaii. Lots of galvanized buckets for perennial plantings. Iron bed frames make up the perimeter of the vegetable gardens. You’ll find many bird baths among the hydrangeas, perennials, Kousa dogwoods and lots of Rose of Sharon’s. Blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry plants are what keep the birds coming back for more. You’ll find little trinkets and creatively upcycled treasures sprinkled throughout the gardens. Come take a peek and soak up ideas for your own gardens! I am proud to announce my tour will be benefiting The Immune Deficiency Foundation.
My Granddaughter, Sadie has Common Variable Immunodeficiency, a disease that affects approximately 2% of the population and prevents her body from producing enough antibodies to fight off infections.  Through the gracious gift of donors, Sadie receives monthly plasma infusions for her compromised immune system at Boston Children’s Hospital. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Open for tours: Saturday, July, 6, 2024 & Saturday, July 13, 2024. Directions: Route 28 South Yarmouth, left to Forest Road, follow through set of lights, take a right on Captain Noyes, left on Captain Stanley. Second to last house on the left. Parking: Street and driveway parking. Accessibility: Paved Walkways- Discretionary.


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.  Open for tours: July 9-10 & July 13-14.

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