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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: July 14, 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.


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.

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 hayfield 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.



Cape Casa - 2 Meredith Way, East Harwich
Tour benefiting Whelden Memorial Library

From the Owner: I designed and built my traditional Cape style house in 2001 and did some initial landscaping, but my life and my career as a Landscape Architect took me back to Northern California until this past May when I retired here full time. I began a complete refurbishment of all my garden areas with an abundance of new plantings, fences, walkways and of course new plantings which I am still adding to this spring. Parking: on street parking is plentiful and my house is a corner lot. Please be respectful of neighbor’s driveways and park only on one side of the wide streets. Accessibility: Discretionary: the rear garden is mostly at grade but accessed by walking through a heavy gravel driveway. Front is only accessible to look at from the street. Steps are part of the tour.



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.


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