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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Garden Tours: July 6, 2024

 

BARNSTABLE

Around the Corner Garden: 3 Franbill Road, Hyannis
Tour benefiting Resilient Roots
Open for Tours: July 9 (Tues) from 10 am to 1 pm, including a presentation at 11 am about how the gardener has greatly improved her soil fertility.
This unique garden in the middle of Hyannis focuses on growing edibles and native plants, using permaculture principles and local resources. Plantings include fruit trees—peaches, apples, plums, pears, and pawpaws—as well as a vegetable garden, herb garden, berry patches, and vertical gardens. Enjoy the backyard pond and chat with the gardener about all its special elements expertly arranged on this small lot. The owner will discuss how she has greatly improved her soil fertility at 11 am.
Directions: Franbill Road is off of Bearse’s Way in Hyannis, which is off Route 28. Parking: Park in the driveway or along the road. Accessibility: Discretionary. Dogs: Allowed
 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Lavender in Bloom: 330 Olde Homestead Drive, Marstons Mills
Tour benefiting Resilient Roots
This historic, circa 1750, Cape farm, complete with silo, focuses on sustainable farming practices. The gardens  will be in bloom with loads of purple lavender and hyssop punctuated by chickens and glimpses of the friendly alpaca herd. The property features multiple beehives. Directions: Olde Homestead Drive runs between River Road and Santuit-Newtown Road in Marstons Mills. Parking: There will be a person directing parking on site. Accessibility: Difficult: no paved walkways, rolling hills; not suggested for wheelchairs or walkers. No public bathrooms. Dogs: Only leashed, well-behaved dogs (as chickens and other birds are roaming).
 

DENNIS

83 Prince Way, South Dennis
Tour benefiting Village Garden Club of Dennis
The property was purchased in 2003 and the gardens needed extensive work. The front yard consisted of sand, scrub pine, weeds and the grounds were never cared for. The house sits on 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 the 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.

 

FALMOUTH

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. Directions: 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.
Open for Tours: July 6 (Sat) & July 7 (Sun). UPDATED

 

MASHPEE

Island Gardens: 17 Wintergreen Rd, Mashpee  ***Open:10AM-3PM
Garden Tour to Benefit Cornell Club of Cape Cod  
Welcome to The Island Gardens! This half-acre garden is home to garden designer Barbara Conolly.  It features five species and numerous cultivars of Hydrangeas.   Along with Viburnums, Hollies, American Wisteria, Junipers and Arborvitae, it houses Barbara’s extensive vegetable gardens, blueberries, and fruit orchard trees, and an extensive selection of perennials.  Both native and friendly plants fill garden island beds creating paths and respites along the way. 
 

SANDWICH
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”!

 

YARMOUTH

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.

 

132 Keveney Lane, Cummaquid, Yarmouth Port
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.

 

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 benefit 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. Garden 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. Garden Parking: Street and driveway parking. Accessibility: Paved Walkways- Discretionary

 

Pamela's Garden: 27 Blue Rock Road, South Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Wild Care Cape Cod
When you visit Pamela Phipps’ gardens you’ll see a plant-lover’s paradise. This landscape has evolved over time, but it started with a scraggly lawn. Pamela’s first decision was to have no lawn at all; those interested in a turf-free yard, will experience the diversity, and beauty that can be created. See a landscape that supports birds, bees and butterflies. Trees and shrubs that were chosen or “taken in” have become a foundation for borders and paths. Hydrangeas and perennials are abundant, along with selected annuals. Experience how much flower power can be achieved on a third of an acre. Although Pamela is a professional gardener, this is a real person’s garden that will inspire and delight visitors.
Accessibility: Discretionary - Mostly flat but a few steps and narrow paths.
Parking: Please park on the side of Blue Rock Road taking care not to block the neighbors’ driveways or mailboxes.
Directions: Blue Rock Road runs off of Great Western Road/N. Main Street just south of Route 6. From the mid-Cape highway take exit 8 and go South on Station Ave. and make a left onto White’s Path. At the end of Whites Path turn right onto Great Western/N. Main St. and make a left onto Blue Rock Road.

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