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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: July 11, 2024



Joanne Robichaud’s Garden - 27 Marble Road, Barnstable
Tour Benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
If you embrace the beauty inherent in imperfection, you will enjoy this garden. The owners built their home over 40 years ago and the gardens have evolved in both areas of bright sun and deep shade. Rock retaining walls provide structure to a difficult hill. A red maple offers a shady canopy for a serene palate of hostas while astilbes add contrast when their wispy stalks bloom. The bright, rich colors of the sun-loving plantings keep surprising as daylily, coneflower, phlox, daisy, hibiscus, and liatris burst with vivid combinations. Stands of heirloom hydrangeas have been augmented through the years with newer varieties in wonderful colors, shapes and sizes. ‘Glowing Embers’, ‘Tuff Stuff’, ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘Bobo’ varieties are favorites with young ‘Pinky Winky’ trees and white flowering ‘Fairy Trail Bride’ cascading hydrangeas showing promise. Open for Tours: Wednesday, July 10 & Thursday, July 11.


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

Blossoms in Bliss: 21 Captain Aldens Lane Osterville
Tour benefiting Osterville Village Library ***Open: 10AM-3PM
Experience the enchantment of this beautifully transformed garden at the renowned Hydrangea Fest, once a simple Cape Cod pine tree lot, now a breathtaking oasis of tranquility and color. Immerse yourself in serene outdoor spaces designed for relaxation and nature watching, where the gentle flutter of butterflies and the melodious songs of birds create a perfect backdrop. Wander through vibrant displays of Azaleas, Rhododendrons, and a spectacular variety of Hydrangeas, complemented by a tapestry of old-fashioned, colorful perennials. The lush, meticulously manicured lawns invite you to envision joyful moments, while you lose yourself in a good book in your own slice of paradise. This garden isn't just a feast for the eyes—it's an inspiration for your own future retreat. Date(s) Open for tours: July 11 & 12. Directions: located off Rout 28 in Osterville. 


The Artful Dance of Hydrangeas and Maples: 214 Wianno Circle, Osterville ***Open: 10AM-3PM
Tour benefiting Osterville Village Library
Step into a floral paradise during the Hydrangea Fest and be captivated by the lush gardens of this lovely home, adorned with three dozen hydrangeas in mesmerizing hues of Nico Blue and the radiant whites of large Limelight and Annabelle Hydrangeas.Wander amongst a stunning variety of ten Japanese Maple Cultivars, ranging from the deep scarlets of Bloodgood and Emperor's Red to the delicate greens of weeping maples, the golden glow of Full Moon Maples, and the intricate leaves of Samurai and Butterfly maples. This vibrant festival of colors and textures promises a breath taking experience for all nature lovers and gardening enthusiasts. Open for Tours: July 11 & July 12.



Windswept:  67 Indian Ridge Lane, Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Garden Club
Windswept is a quintessential 1950’s Cape Cod cottage renovated in 1990 by the current owners who sought to preserve the historical charm of the home and to enhance the landscape which provides breathtaking views of the Great Sippewissett Marsh, Black Beach and Buzzards Bay.  The mesmerizing view alone is worth the visit and is testimony to the owners’ proclamation “we love the land.”  Two immerse black oaks overlook the plantings and guard the property.  Plantings include a pollinator garden, mature trellis roses, an herb garden, border annuals and a very special “August” garden where plantings reach their peak in August.  Patios are rimmed by field stone walls which serve as backdrops for sun-loving perennials such as coneflowers, thistle, coreopsis, and more.  On the western side of the property shade plants like bleeding hearts, begonias, ferns, and hostas abound. Privacy is protected by a border of hydrangeas and rhododendrons.   Windswept is a natural sanctuary and a must see. Open for tours: Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12.  Directions:  From Rt 28, turn onto Palmer Ave.  After approx. 1 mile, turn left into gated community of Saconesset Hills. Turn right onto Indian Ridge Rd.  Garden Parking: Limited parking for those with mobility issues at #67 Indian Ridge Lane.  All others, continue straight past #67 and follow to the end of the road.  Large parking lot at private beach house available for parking on the days of tour.  Attendees will have to walk to and from the parking lot.


Bountiful Love and Marriage: 17 Bounty Lane, Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Garden Club
This terraced property is the product and passion of a gardening couple whose vision is “bountiful”.   As one enters the gateway to the backyard, one is captivated by the intertwined varieties of evergreens such as hemlocks, umbrella pines, long needle pines, cypresses, holly, and boxwoods, some naturally growing while others are perfectly pruned.  A raised level of terracing forms a privacy border of tall deciduous trees and plants such as Rose of Sharon, and hydrangea.  Additionally, there are seven varieties of Japanese maples.   Varied ground cover plantings cradle and highlight statement statuary, musical elements, and aerial sculptures.   In the center of the backyard is an immense glacial rock which the owners have fashioned into a water feature cascading into a fishpond.  This boulder forms the edge of a central large stone patio.  The owner’s inspiration is “we plant what we love and love what we plant”.  This “bountiful” property is truly a labor of love and a marriage of a myriad of interesting landscape design elements. Open for tours:  Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12. Directions:  From Locust St., turn right onto Ransom Rd then turn left onto Bounty Rd. Parking:  Parking available on even numbered side of Ransom Rd.  Attendees must walk up a short incline to #17 Bounty Lane.


Dreams of a Lifetime:  20 Elizabeth Jean Dr., East Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Garden Club
This garden’s claim to fame is that it has evolved over five short years into a magnificent showplace.  The owners, one a master gardener, and the other a master carpenter have combined talents to turn their third of an acre into a natural respite for plant and bird life.  One enters the property through a wooden trellis between a Rose of Sharon espalier and beds of herbs and vegetables. Once in the backyard, tasteful groupings of varied containers accent the gardens.  A garden shed is centrally located with collections of wind ornaments and birdhouses adorning gardens and shelves.  A “tool” gate serves as entry to a shade garden populated with naturalized blooms such as crocuses, daffodils, ferns, and hostas.  Central to the property is a large patio extending from the house into the backyard. It supports the propagation and display of many plants, grown from bulbs, seeds, or cuttings.  A “moongate” created by the resident carpenter, forms the entry to three large, raised beds used to start seeds and later to cultivate cutting flowers.  Follow this garden on Instagram @onecapecodgarden. Open for tours:  Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12. Directions: From Rt. 28, turn onto Davisville Rd.  In approx.. 1 mile, turn left onto Elizabeth Jean Dr. Parking: Park on odd numbered side of street.


Robin’s Hood:  16 Little Lane, Waquoit
Tour benefiting Falmouth Garden Club
This 4.5 acre property offers a farm-like setting with a home crafted together with the original Waquoit Post Office building and a custom built mid-section.  Most recently, a third addition was the annexation of an old farmhouse original to the property.  From the upper level sleeping porch one enjoys sweeping views of lawn and gardens extending to fresh water Bourne Pond.  An “island garden”, where, according to the owner, “the lily action in July is astounding,” offers many perennials set to bloom throughout the season. The property is rimmed by rhododendrons, walkways edged with lush lambs ear and ground covers, and populated with magnificent mature trees like a weeping beech, a Powder Puff Magnolia, and red maples.  A towering climbing hydrangea overlooks a nearby coy pond.  Throughout the property, the soft natural beauty is complemented with rock walls, brick edging and natural stepping-stones.  Affectionately called “Robins’ Hood”, these gardens are a magical setting where nature is at its best. Open for tours:  Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12.  Directions: From Rt. 28, exit onto Metoxit Rd., then turn right onto Little Lane. Parking: Parking is available in large open field on the right.


Peace and Harmony Garden: 62 Southview Way, East Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Chorale
Hydrangeas highlight this varied garden surrounding the home of a Falmouth Chorale singer. Points of interest include a perennial border and a pool with running water.  In addition to the displays of hydrangeas, visitors will enjoy day lilies, roses, and several varieties of native plants. Open for tours: Thursday July 11 and Friday July 12.
Take Sandwich Road in Falmouth from the north or south, and turn onto Carriage Shop Road. In about one quarter of a mile take the first right onto Old Meetinghouse Road. In a little more than nine tenths of a mile take a right onto Southview Way. Look for Parking signs near the garden location at 62 Southview Way. Southview Way will be marked with Hydrangea Festival signs.
Parking: Parking is available across the street from the garden or at the nearby ends of Southview Way. Parking will be marked with signs.Accessibility: Discretionary: uneven land, soft ground, or sets of stairs. Proper judgement is advised. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash.



Terra Firma Ecological Solutions: 155 Monument Road, Orleans
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary – Orleans Branch
Climate-Wise Ecological Design in action leads to robust native meadowscapes, terraces and rain gardens. All roof, road and hillside runoff is captured and purified in deep organic “hugel terraces” and rock gardens brimming with native, pollinator friendly, multistory perennials, trees, shrubs, lawns and groundcovers that thrive 24/7/365 without irrigation or fertilizer. Come enjoy the breathtaking views of Pilgrim Lake from this 1790 farmhouse nestled on a hill overlooking vibrant wildlife habitat. Information about Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod will be available at this location. Open for tours: Wednesday, July 10 & Thursday, July 11. Directions: Begin at the intersection of Rte. 6A and Eldredge Park Way (Skaket Corners). Take Eldredge Park Way thru the light at the Police Station to the light at Main Street. Take a right on Main Street to Monument Road. Turn right on Monument and proceed to #155. Parking: One side of the road parking as marked. Accessibility: Discretionary. Somewhat undulating terrain in front, steep hillside in back, easily viewed from the road but not wheelchair friendly. Many chairs placed around to enjoy the views.


Around Every Corner: 24 Beach Road, Orleans
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary – Orleans Branch
The garden was designed, built and maintained by the owners over a period of 30 years, inspired by Swedish and English cottage gardens where plants and shrubs are planted close to each other -- giving it a relaxed, overgrown, romantic cottage look. Each area of the garden has its own distinct purpose. An outdoor shower is hidden by climbing hydrangeas. A sauna with beds of Hostas and a Hot tub is tucked in the midst of flowers. Two raised stone kitchen gardens were built by the front door for easy access to greens, flowers and a few herbs. There is a chicken coop with a run for the chickens to free range. There is also a free-form wildflower meadow. Enclosed vegetable beds with a sitting area and raised beds for growing flowers are outlined with blooming shrubs. Another section hosts currants, gooseberry, blueberries, elderberries and a young Quince tree. The compost area is used to grow pumpkins and serves as a nursery where seedlings and young plants are started before they are moved into the perennial beds. An asparagus bed was recently added. Next to the potting shed is a pergola with gourds and climbing wisteria covering the root cellar. At the front of the property, terraced stonework beds were designed and planted with evergreens, blooming shrubs, annuals and perennials. We will be selling crafts at this location. Open for tours: Wednesday, July 10 & Thursday, July 11. Garden Directions: Begin at the intersection of Rte. 6A and Eldredge Park Way (Skaket Corners). Take Eldredge Park Way thru the light at the Police Station to the light at Main Street. Take a right on Main Street to the Barley Neck Inn and fork left on to Beach Road. The garden is on the left at # 24. Parking: One side of the road parking as marked. Accessibility: Discretionary. Uneven land, soft ground. Proper judgment is advised.


HEAVEN is a little closer IN A COTTAGE BY THE SEA: 13 Linda’s Lane, Orleans
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary – Orleans Branch
A short walk takes you to the end of the road where plantings along the property’s fence invite you to come take a look.  Mature Holly bushes, Rose of Sharon, Rhododendron, plus an unusual oak tree are what the owners started with when they bought a small cottage. Around the property you see areas of Hydrangeas, Lilies, Hostas, Roses and Peonies.  A wonderful array of Cape Cod plants.  Custom stonework by the owner enhances these areas.  A stand alone shower is a focal point in the backyard and is another showcase for plants.  As you leave, you can see “Grammy’s Rock”, a favorite photo spot for the grandchildren. Open for tours: Wednesday, July 10 & Thursday, July 11.
Directions: Begin at the intersection of Rte. 6A and Eldredge Park Way (Skaket Corners). Take Eldredge Park Way thru the light at the Police Station to the light at Main Street go straight across on Tonset Road. Continue past Brick Hill Road (on right), Linda’s Lane is on the right. Garden is 500 feet down Linda’s Lane with the house on the right.
Parking is limited to Tonset Road only as marked. Please do not turn down Linda’s Lane. Accessibility: Walk from parking to property includes an unpaved narrow roadway with a slight downward slope. Property itself is relatively flat with minor grade changes.


Bowden’s Residence – 3 Seacrest Drive, Orleans
Tour benefiting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod
As a founding member of the Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod, this garden showcases their best practices. This garden is a burst of color in July and showcases a diversity of plants and shrubs. The gardens demonstrate how a home gardener can extend the blooming season with native plants, while also adding beauty and pollinator interest. The garden beds are densely planted to reduce weeds and use of mulch, as well as reduce water needs. A cutting gardening is new addition.  The property has over 100 hydrangeas of many varieties, including natives. It also features many unique varieties of day lilies, a fern garden, and shade garden.  The gardens and lawn are chemical free, and he uses only natural leaf mulch.  There will be daily garden talks at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Open for Tours: July 10 & 11.


150 Quanset Road, South Orleans
Tour benefiting Nauset Garden Club
Painstakingly carved out of five acres of invasive shrubs and vines over the past 24 years, the lush perennial and shrub borders of this large property highlight hundreds of examples of hydrangeas, roses, daylilies, deciduous and evergreen shrubs, grasses, and other perennials. A registered garden on the Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod, this garden is an example of the extensive use of native plants and their effective integration with non-natives.  Meander through garden “rooms” surrounding the house including the sweeping front garden, a contemplative “Circle Garden” surrounding an ancient oak, a rose-bordered terrace garden, and a boxwood-lined rose garden.  Then stroll down woodland paths past an old barn and through pond-side native plantings of red twig dogwood, clethra, baptisia, native azaleas, river birch, blueberries, ferns and wildflowers. Color, light and shadow, birds and butterflies, all abound in this varied landscape nestled within acres of conservation land and bordered by freshwater ponds. Open for Tours: July 10 and 11. Directions: Take Route 28 (Orleans Chatham Road) to the Route 28, Route 39, Quanset Road rotary.  Exit onto Quanset Road.  Continue 1.1 miles to 150 Quanset Road. Parking: Street parking only. Accessibility: Discretionary: Long driveway, non-paved.  No stairs, 4 single steps along the planned route which can be avoided if visitors want to double back and retrace their path.



Mal and Mary Kay Condon’s ‘Hydrangea Farm’: 181 Thacher Shore Road, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Yarmouth Port Library
The Condon Garden has been on tour for every year of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival’s existence and the gardeners are especially pleased to be part of this year’s Tenth Anniversary. The Condon’s were commercial hydrangea propagators and growers for 40 years and, as one might suspect, this is a very hydrangea-centric site. They continue to tweak their collections which now contain almost too many hydrangeas ‘in ground’. Additional container specimens are also featured to emphasize the increasingly popular ‘Pot N Pot’ and Bag N Pot’ growing technique they popularized many years ago. H. macrophylla is the dominant species, along with collections of H. paniculata, bH. serrata, and H. quercifolia cultivars. H. arborescens plantings have become more significant too owing to the introduction of many new varieties. The Condon’s are also serious veggie growers utilizing raised beds to produce a wide range of favorites. A somewhat struggling peach orchard is in the mix too along with an ample rhubarb collection and an expanded planting of dahlias to satisfy their personal cut flower demand.   Mal ‘The Hydrangea Guy’ and Mary Kay will be sharing “Hydrangea Learnings” at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. These will be timely subjects detailing their most recent experiences with Step 2 Pinch Pruning and Container Growing the winter vulnerable H. macrophylla species. Each session will last about 45 minutes. Parking is good but Thacher Shore Road is narrow; please follow the docent’s directions and park on the south side of the road, along the conservation property.


'The Peace Garden: 26 Belle of the West Road, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Yarmouth Port Library
Development of this space, situated on a natural rainwater collection area, required removal of substantial overgrown invasive species. It was designed with sensitivity to its fall lines and seasonal hydration levels.  The resulting paths and choice of plantings flow with the topography of this site, whose openness provides a sense of "breathing room" and serenity. A continuing goal is to build a year- round garden: hellebores, winter berry, false holly and a variety of evergreens provide both visual contrast in the warmer months, and colorful highlights in the winter.  Water features encourage bird visitation and refresh the spirit during the warmest of days.  The St. Francis bower in the lower garden includes a memorial to a beloved cousin who relished many a good conversation in his own backyard retreat.  In that spirit of friendship, you are invited to enjoy this season's blooms - including a variety of hydrangeas, with color contrast from day- and hybrid lilies, fragrant roses, and, perhaps, grandmother Edith Rose's showy white peonies.

Singing Marshes: 70 Alms House Road, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Yarmouth Port Library
This interesting garden borders conservation land overlooking Barnstable Harbor and the Sandy Neck Lighthouse. The home is situated down a narrow road among native oaks and pines. The gardener has her own kitchen garden containing raspberries, blueberries, beach plums, and vegetables such as asparagus, rhubarb, squash, beans and cucumbers. Its unique fencing was designed to keep out deer, foxes, rabbits and other wildlife. The property features walking paths through beach plum and juniper shrubs to views of the marsh beyond, along with a nearby osprey nest. Hydrangeas flourish on the home’s north side. An interesting arbor constructed by a friend from small cedar trees stands by the garden shed. Jams and jellies made by the gardener will be available for sale at the entry of the garden. This a rare opportunity to visit this special place. Directions: Turn onto Center Street off Route 6A, bear left at its end, and soon after, turn left onto Alms House Road. Bear left at a fork and proceed a bit further past the house to a small parking lot at the end of the road. Please do not park directly across from the house’s entry.


My Dream: 8 Village Lane, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Yarmouth Port Library
From the Gardner:  My gardens are always evolving. My Monet area in the front garden is flanked with sedums and a little surprise under a shrub. From there on to my wine room and next to the garage my breakfast room. Behind the lattice is my bodacious cutting garden. This year, with an addition of a rabbit fence (hope it works), there are a plethora of flowers and my signature dahlias to enjoy. Stop and visit the fairy garden complete with castle and waterfall. The wall garden is a fun place to sit and enjoy the views. God’s garden is in the corner of the property, a favorite with its hydrangeas. Two hosta gardens are found on either side of the outdoor shower. Please take a minute to sit and enjoy in my many seating areas. My wish is that my gardens bring you inspiration! Enjoy my dream. DIRECTIONS: From Hyannis: take Route 6, take Exit 75, at the end of the ramp turn left(north)on to Union Street. In 1.4 miles down on the left is Village Lane (a cul de sac).  From Yarmouth Port on 6A: heading east, turn right on Union Street, then take the first right onto Village Lane. PARK around the circle-right side only, on one side of Union Street, or by the playground on 6A just around the corner.


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