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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: July 7, 2024


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.


Donna Garrabrant’s Purposeful Project – 83 Prince Way, S. Dennis
Tour benefiting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod
This property was purchased in 2003 and the gardens needed extensive work. The front yard consisted of sand, scrub pine, weeds, and grounds that were never cared for. The house sits at the back of the property, 750 feet from the street. The resident Master Gardener designed walls to support the house and garden beds before extensive planting could begin. Ground grating, truckloads of loam, tree removal, along with 17 zones of irrigation and lighting were installed prior to planting. All 83 hydrangeas on the property were hybridized from the original 6 hydrangeas purchased. Many more hydrangeas were presents from friends or family. Come and tour this property and sit on the back patio to enjoy perennials, hydrangeas, and roses. The garden continues to evolve and is ever changing year to year and season to season.


Veggies, Natives, and Rainwater - 53 Sidewinder Rd, East Falmouth
Tour benefiting Resilient Roots
This relatively new garden aims to maximize both edible and native plants on a half-acre of land. Last year, the homeowners hosted a day-long Resilient Roots “permablitz” event of planting fruit trees, berries, and natives, and this will be the start of their second year. The design takes advantage of the yard’s topography to capture rainwater from the road and rooftops and “plant” it into garden beds. The owners have some in-progress projects as well as future plans to expand the gardens and water-capture landscaping. It’s a great opportunity to see early- to mid-stage garden development and to learn how to be creative with space. Open for Tours: July 6 (Sat) & July 7 (Sun) UPDATED
From Route 151 or 28 to Sandwich Road to Pinecrest Beach Drive to Sidewinder Road.
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.



Fornari’s Garden - 2 Lawrence Pond Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Unitarian Church of Barnstable
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 un-even 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.

Paul Tocci Memorial Garden Curated by Josh LaPine: 6 Carlton Drive W, East Sandwich
Tour benefiting Sandwich Conservation Trust ***OPEN: 10AM -1PM

Beautiful residential garden in Carleton Shores tucked at the end of a private road steps from the beach. Blooms, textures and shapes of all colors draw you in to this unique blend of perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees. Dappled willows, viburnum astilbe, brunnera, hosta, shasta and hydrangea are the stars(among may others) Intermingled with classic and modern planters. A secret garden for solace and peaceful thinking there is no shortage of beauty to be observed. Garden Tour with curator Josh LaPine available for tours and questions. Open for Tours: July 7, July 10 & July 12.
Directions: 6A to Carleton Drive go to the very end of the street you’ll see small parking lot.  Take a left,  street then turns into Carleton Drive West.    House is all the way down on the left gray with red door.


Condon’s Garden - 
181 Thacher Shore Rd, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
Mal “The Hydrangea Guy” and Mary Kay Condon 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 expansive collection of in-ground hydrangeas with container specimens to emphasize this increasingly popular growing technique. H. macrophylla is the dominant species in their gardens, along with H. paniculata and H. quercifolia cultivars. More recently H. serrata and H. arborescens plantings have been added to the mix. The Condons also have a significant commitment to raised beds for growing vegetables and rhubarb as well as a commitment to dahlias. At 11 am and 2 pm each day, they will be detailing their most recent experiences with pinch pruning, container growing and the winter vulnerable H. macrophylla species. Each session will last about 45 minutes. Open for Tours: Sunday, July 7 & Wednesday, July 10.


Linda Coven’s Garden - 121 Camp St, Unit 106, West Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
This unusual and surprisingly expansive garden encompasses two adjacent very hydrangea-centric properties.  It has continued to evolve since it was first showcased in 2016 and now boasts 500 hydrangea cultivars in various settings throughout both Linda’s yard and that of her next-door neighbors. Garden beds flank both homes and a backyard stockade fence. There are also several island beds, a rather large kidney shaped berm, and a secret garden.  Twenty-five containers are planted with hydrangeas and perennials using the ‘Pot-n-Pot’ method and many companion evergreen shrubs, perennials, and exquisite pieces of garden art also grace this very special site. A ‘Pot-n-Pot’ container gardening with hydrangeas demo will be held at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day. Open for Tours:  Saturday, July 6 & Sunday, July 7.


Rick Murray’s Garden - 72 Keveney Lane, Cummaquid
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
This 1.2-acre property features a stunning planting of 100 H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’ along its 150’ north border. A variety of other hydrangeas including H. macrophylla, H. quercifolia, H. paniculata, and H. serrata lines the southern border. A 60’ berm in front of the property contains more than 50 varieties of hosta, fern and other shade-loving plants.  A granite staircase and stone walkway from the driveway to the front entrance of the house is planted with dwarf conifers, creeping juniper, Japanese maples, a weeping Atlas cedar, a larch, various ground covers and other specimen plants. The back of the property is a park-like setting which features wind sculptures by Lyman Whitaker, whose work is represented in galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. Open for Tours: Saturday, July 6 & Sunday, July 7.



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