Garden Tours - Friday, July 19, 2019

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Crow’s Nest, 344 Fox Hill, Chatham       Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club

The current owners have owned the property for only one summer, they are in possession of the original garden plans, which have evolved over the past 15 years. In addition, hydrangeas, boxwoods, lilacs, viburnum, azalea, and clethra abound on the property.    The driveway bed has appealing drifts of liriope, coreopsis, daisies, lady’s mantle and peony with various other perennials.  Climbing roses and clematis make for a spectacular summer display on the west facing side of the garage.  With Happy Returns daylilies and lady’s mantle in the front corner, the garden surrounding the three-season porch is anchored by knock-out roses, carpet roses and catmint.  The patio garden was planted with white Japanese anemones and the owner’s favorite daylilies divided and transplanted from her MetroWest home.  David Austin roses peek over the patio wall.


White Gables, 372 Fox Hill Rd, North Chatham Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club
Across the street from Eastward Ho! golf course and Pleasant Bay, is a charming English cottage surrounded by distinctive trees and plantings.  The house was renovated in 2010 and at that time the landscape design on the two acres was created to adapt to the challenging terrain. Use of hydrangeas especially on steep slopes were an attractive solution. Their root system can survive on sufficient rainwater, although an irrigation system is also used here. The idea is to keep them looking consistently perky under strong sun and during dry periods of high heat.  Maintenance is low, with only a few fertilizer applications and pruning once a year. A driveway lined with Birch and Holly trees encircles a Copper Beech tree designated a “Posterity Tree”.  Add some stone paths and patios, many gardens and a lily pond to complete this special home. Accessibility – difficult


Ryder’s Cove Garden on the Bluff, 26 Captains Cove Lane, Chatham
Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club

White Birch Trees welcome you to this waterside garden where you first see a Flowering Dogwood with Helleri Japanese Holly at its feet. This front garden sanctuary is protected by a wall of Emerald Green Arborvitae, Rhododendrons and Viburnum. Red Maple and Weeping Cherry share attention in spring. Blue Endless Summer Hydrangeas, Stella de Oro Daylily, Shasta daisies, Hosta, Bush cinquefoil, American Holly flanked by Korean Spice viburnum punctuate the flowering garden.  There is a Magnolia Virginiana tree with Steeds Japanese Holly and Rose of Sharon surrounded by Mountain Laurel.  The border garden has Yellow Butterfly Weed punctuated by Malus culvitar tree, and across are Shadowblow serviceberry with Mountain Laurel and Zorro Hydrangeas. Back patio features a hidden Daylily garden with Knock out Roses and Blushing Bride Hydrangeas, Baby Jane Pink Magnolia tree, Dwarf Mugo Pine, Pia Dwarf Hydrangeas and Ink Berry.  Finally, at the back are Asclepias tubersosa, Comptonia peregrina, Ink berry and Carolina roses. Accessibility - somewhat

Fair Winds, 35 Woodland Way, Chatham
Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club

 Acquiring the property in 2014, the current owners have made changes to the initial 2002 landscape design.  The rose garden at the front of the house and the perennial flagpole garden overlooking Ryder’s Cove are part of the original plan. In 2015, the beds by the front door were replanted with hydrangeas, roses, and lavender. While some garden areas are being imagined, nature presented opportunities to rethink some spaces. The first one occurred in 2016, when an erosion problem led to an extensive shoreline mitigation project. A new perennial bed with all native plants was created to balance the original flagpole garden after the coastal bank was restored. A patio, ramp, and viewing platform were built to allow wheelchair access. To the west of the house, the unplanned loss of trees produced a sun-filled space that is currently a “horticultural experiment”, with plans to create a more structured vegetable garden with a shed.

Hillcrest, 43 Hillcrest Road, North Chatham
Tour benefiting Chatham Garden Club

This garden was a blank slate in 2005 when the entire property was cleared to build this home with a classic Cape with views over the Cow Yard Landing out to the Atlantic Ocean. Each year another section has been cleared to add planting beds as part of the work in progress! The yard has both sunny and shady spots which allow for a wide variety of hydrangeas, including lace caps, paniculata, traditional mopheads, and limelights. Their colors range from lime green to all shades of blues and soft pinks and the homeowner’s favorite—deep lustrous purple. Last year’s project was the pool and multi-level patio using natural stone walls to create more gardening beds. Overall the goal is to frame the yard with natural grasses and hydrangeas that flow easily into the rustic Cape Cod wilder plants that run down the hill with a peak at the water through the trees! Accessibility - somewhat


The Gathering Place, 130 Cranberry Lane, Centerville
Tour benefiting Barnstable Education Foundation

We did it: we’ve created a dream yard that doesn’t take up every moment of our free time to take care of it! While there is always something to do like feed the coy, or harvest some vegetables, there is also time to hang by the wood fire pit with friends while listening to the waterfall down the rocks. See a raised vegetable garden with creative touches that provide an abundant harvest. Find how flowers are the focus and heart of the garden. Learn about varieties of perennials and flowering shrubs, including a water garden in your landscape, and pretty plants for containers. Discover how you too can turn your yard into a low maintenance gathering place. Accessibility:  Accessible Parking: Park in driveway or Cranberry Lane but not around cul-de-sac please
Directions:  From Phinneys Lane or Shootflying Hill Rd. turn onto Huggins Neck Road, then onto Cranberry Lane.

Pat's Literary Gardens, 244 Rolling Hitch Road, Centerville
Tour benefiting Barnstable Education Foundation

Enter this former Barnstable educator/Master Gardener's gardens through a pathway of Niko blue Hydrangeas and shady plants that set the mood of peace. A tropical sitting area with fire pit, and potted plants overlook her many perennial beds with whimsical storybook accents...Ruby Slippers, the White Rabbit, Tin man, One Fish, Two fish... reflecting her love of classic literature. Small mementos from traveling peak out of flowering plants: Dutch wooden shoes, Big Ben, gondolas, Eiffel tower and more.  A rainbow garden, new rose and lavender beds punctuate the air with their lovely colors and fragrance, attract pollinators. Enjoy the many unique birdhouses, feeders, birdbaths and sitting areas.  An arbor pathway to her lower garden level gardens includes raised beds of organic vegetables and herbs alongside a hillside of native plants and bushes. Accessibility:  Discretionary to Difficult. Flat in front areas, steep slopes in back. Parking:  Dead end street –park on one side only. Directions:  From Garden #3 proceed back to West Main Street and head west toward 28. Take a left on 28 and go to light at Old Stage Road. Turn right onto Old stage, then right onto Cap’n Lijah’s Rd, then right onto Masthead Ln and left onto Rolling Hitch Rd.

Visit Santosha Gardens, 359 Main Street, Centerville
Tour benefiting Barnstable Education Foundation

This sanctuary is set on 1+ acre filled with outdoor gardens and greenhouses.   Meander through the natural paths of flower gardens and stop by the rock/water feature and see the fish and the local frogs. Walk the woodland path and visit the meditation cabin.  Spot active honeybee hives and stop by the chicken coop.  Check out the monarch butterfly way station of hundreds of milkweeds and pollinators. You’ll see a large assortment of annuals and perennials highlighted by dozens of lavender plants along the pathways. See how the four seasons growing produce a year-round salad and vegetables. We endeavor to be self- sustaining with solar power, well water, and with the utmost kindness to the natural world. Accessibility: Discretionary. Directions: From Garden #1 go back to Huggins Neck and turn right. Go to Phinneys Lane and turn right. Cross Route 28 and Phinneys Lane becomes Main Street in Centerville.


Secret Gardens With Vintage Accents, 118 Scudder Ave, Hyannis
Tour benefiting Barnstable Education Foundation

Discover what you can do with collected rocks from the beach and beyond, plants that attract butterflies, and a vintage claw foot bathtub! See the butterfly garden grown around the Magnolia tree. View our perennial garden on the side of the driveway and learn how you can create a patio and rock wall with found stones. Learn how a vintage Shasta RV Trailer could become a garden ornament or even a guest house! Annuals, shrubs and vintage ornaments abound, with a glass mushroom garden and fun little places throughout the yard. Accessibility: Discretionary Parking: Parking is available across the street at the Atlantis Resort and Spa, or people can park at Sturgis school and walk.  Directions: From Garden #2 go south to the light and turn left. Proceed up to West Main Street and go to the rotary, taking the first right onto Scudder Ave. The garden is on the right immediately after the Resort and Conference Center, which is on your left.

Two Plant Geeks on Two-Plus Acres, 2 Lawrence Pond Lane, Sandwich
Tour benefiting Barnstable Education Foundation

If you love abundant flowers and a large kitchen garden, you’ll enjoy walking this landscape created by Dan (a scientist) and C.L. (the author of eight gardening books). Walk through the cutting garden and trial beds up top. See the solar-heated seed-starting shed, and the rustic fence Dan built out of locust. Sit in the shade of the grape arbor, note the abundant use of containers around the house, and enjoy the perennial beds and vegetable garden. Ask about the magical stump plantings, the rain garden, and blueberry patch. See many hydrangeas, mostly labeled, an assortment of groundcovers, and a wide selection of shrubs and trees located on one of Cape Cod’s lovely lakes.  Accessibility - Difficult
Parking: Some parking in the cul-de-sac but most parking will be on the side of Stowe Road. Be mindful of fast traffic on Stowe Rd and Farmersville. Directions: From Garden #4, go back to Old Stage Road and turn right. Continue around the bend and Old Stage becomes Race Lane. Continue straight until you enter Sandwich where Race Lane becomes Farmersville Road. Pass the entrance to The Ridge Club (on your left) and the second right will be onto Stowe Road. Lawrence Pond Lane is immediately on your right.  

Mary and Roger Bowker’s Garden, 151 Old County Road, East Sandwich
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

Mary and Roger – both Master Gardeners – purchased their historic former dairy farm in 2001 and have spent the last 18 years rescuing 15 acres from invasive plants. On four acres they have created garden ‘rooms’ around a gazebo and pergola dotted with hydrangeas and statuary. The site also contains a formal herb garden, an orchard, and various serene landscapes. The Bowker’s especially enjoy their extensive vegetable patch where Roger, an avowed carnivore, and Mary, an enthusiastic aficionado of all things green and edible, happily work side by side, hoes in hand, experimenting with fruits and vegetables. Driveway parking allows for 6 or 7 cars, roadside parking is also available. 

Gloria Buxbaum’s Garden, 30 Quaker Lane, South Harwich
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is pleased to once again have Gloria’s garden on tour. This garden blends texture, color and whimsy throughout the property. The front garden combines ornamental grasses, Atlas cedars, burning bushes, azaleas, knockout roses, and boulders. A few Endless Summer hydrangeas give a hint of what awaits in the back of the house. In addition, there are several statues. In the rear garden, behind the stone wall, is the full display of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, English laurels, and Kousa dogwoods. A special hydrangea setting encircles the pottery castle/birdhouse. Forsythias frame the sides of the property. 30 Quaker Lane is off Route 28, near Chatham Road, between Harwich Port and Chatham and is reached via exits 10 or 11 off the mid-Cape Route 6.

A Swedish Gardener’s Hideaway, 24 Beach Road, Orleans
Tour benefiting Master Gardner Association of Cape Cod

Garden Brief Description:  This multi-acre property is inspired by childhood gardens in Sweden and England.  The garden is designed with many rooms and many surprises.  The chicken’s run free range, and love to hide in the roses and butterfly bushes. The cutting garden has an herb garden by its gate; enclosed vegetable beds are outlined with flowers and blooming shrubs and rhubarb. This garden features a wildflower meadow, potting shed, a sauna, pergola with climbing wisteria, and gourds covering the root cellar. As you wander, you will see terraced beds with evergreens, blooming shrubs, annuals, perennials currents, gooseberry and a young Quince tree. Raised stone gardens by the front door provide easy access to greens, flowers and herbs.  Master Gardener Tip Talks at 11 AM and 2 PM Making Soil Healthy. Directions: From exit 12 – take a right of the exit and then a right at the stop light. Follow signs towards Nauset beach. Straight thru the next set of light (crossing Route 28) and take a right at the next light on to Main Street. Follow Main Street to the end and bear to the left at the fork and 24 Beach Road will be on the left. There is a Blue and white sign that reads 24 Beach Road unit 1-4. Parking on one side of Beach road, no parking on property. Accessibility: Difficult