Garden Tours - Monday, July 15, 2019

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Meander Through This Family Property, 61 Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library

Well established gardens surround this charming Cape home and compound belonging to the same family for five generations.  Enjoy the sweeping views of the fields and distant bay. View the arbor with climbing roses, the hedges along the property, and a large vegetable garden. Not to be missed is the glorious 57-year-old trumpet vine planted by the current owners’ grandparents in 1962.

While there are no hydrangeas on the property, the perennial gardens have essentially remained the same since 1929. A family member states, “...the Big House has been long famed for its 100-year-old roses, now well past that venerable age and still a sight to behold”. The owners are instructing the roses to be in perfect bloom for your viewing pleasure!

Visitors are invited to walk through the yard and down the grass driveway to view additional gardens and views at house #49. The family requests you do not visit the red house at #39 as it is not part of the tour. Parking: Please park on house side of street only.


Sweeping Vistas, 59 Otter Lane, Barnstable    Tour benefiting Sturgis Library
This lovely, newly built seaside home is at the end of a quiet lane in the Cummaquid section of Barnstable. As you enter this beautiful property, notice the stunning specimen of a Bloodgood Japanese maple tree and ornamental shrubs that frame the front of the house. Notice the house details including the Cape Cod cutout! Enter the back yard through the gate on the right. Hydrangeas aplenty surround the property, adding to the glorious views of the bay and marshes and the Keveney Lane bridge. A large stone patio, roses and sea grasses complement this stunning setting.

Words are not necessary to describe the views and serenity of this property.

Parking: Please park on right side of circle or on street as space allows.


A Naturalist’s Hidden World, 166 Indian Trail, Barnstable
Tour benefiting Sturgis Library

Hidden behind a trellis banked in climbing hydrangeas is a unique treasure, a garden that is the creation of a loving naturalist and artist. This garden was on the hydrangea tour last year and is brought back by popular demand. The garden plantings and specimens, including but not limited to irises, young hollies, bee balms, Japanese maples, red twig dogwoods, ginkgoes, butterfly bushes, and over 100 varieties of daylilies, are too numerous to list. Fortunately, the owner has meticulously labeled her plantings to help us navigate the setting. Scattered throughout the property are her handcrafted sculptures and benches created from cherry and cedar wood. These objects alone are worth the visit! Additional ceramic pieces from Scargo Pottery and Barnstable Pottery add color as well, as do the whimsical “flowers” found throughout the gardens.

Finally, at the rear of the property, one enjoys the tranquil views of Barnstable Harbor and marvels at the sacred space created to honor the history of the area.

Parking: Please park in the field opposite the house, on the right side of the street, or in the front part of the circular drive if space allows. A parking attendant will be present for guidance.



Gail Watt’s Garden, 232 Sesuit Neck Road, East Dennis
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Societ
More than 250 hydrangeas can be found at this East Dennis property located in the scenic Sesuit Neck neighborhood. The yard is bordered by hydrangeas and more can be found throughout the interior gardens. This sizeable collection is in full bloom from the end of June to the beginning of August. There are several hydrangea varieties in the mix which makes for interesting viewing. The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is especially pleased to have recent member Gail open her outstanding garden for us for the first time. This is a very visible must-see hydrangea location; you can’t miss the blue hydrangeas. Docents will guide you to parking.


Oglesby House Garden, 20 Benjamin Nye’s Lane, North Falmouth
Tour benefiting Falmouth Chorale

The Oglesby House Garden began in 2003 with clearing of overgrowth. Goshen stone patios and walkways were laid in 2004. The garden is anchored by specimen trees planted to suit the climate and the aesthetic: Katsura, Japanese Stewartia, Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japanese Maple, Seven Son Flower, Crabapple, Kausa Dogwood, Birch. Herbaceous borders flow across the gentle sloping garden. Several varieties of hydrangea: macrophilla, lace cap, quercifolia, paniculate, petiolaris ground the beds and straddle the woodland edge. Other shrubs include viburnum, azalea, lilac, forsythia, weiglia, spirea, butterfly bush, and rhodies. Roses, iris, dahlia, mums, lavender and RussianSage take their turns blooming in the sunny beds while hosta, ferns and astilbe bring texture and color into the shade. The entrance to the lower garden is a large moon gate; a sculpture of St. Francis beckons on the back patio where there is a small fountain. There is comfortable garden seating allowing rest while walking the discretionary landscape.
Open for tours: July 15 and 17, 2019

Directions: Benjamin Nye’s Lane is off of Old Main Road in North Falmouth. It can also be entered from Wild Harbor Road. Garden Instructions: Park on Needle's Lane which is directly across from the Oglesby House Garden Driveway.

Accessibility:  Discretionary

Backyard Sanctuary, 154 Ostrom Road, East Falmouth
Tour benefiting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod

The owners of this garden have shared and enjoyed the fruits of their labor with family and friends for 18 years. The gardens are planted with unique shrubs and trees along with fabulous containers and whimsical collections. The pergola with vibrant orange blooms keeps the hummingbirds returning. The giant hibiscus attracts all pollinators. Many perennials and striking annuals are planted on the property mixed in with clever and creative structures. The veggie beds, including the fun upside-down plant, is not to be missed. Be sure to view the porches with their unique collections of succulents. Master Gardener Tip Talks at 11 AM and 2 PM – Tender and Hardy Succulents.

Garden Directions: From Falmouth on Rte 28 follow until Moonakis Café is on your left. Take right at Gulf Station onto Metoxit St. Go over small bridge with Waquoit Bay on your right. Take immediate left onto Ostrom Road. 3rd house on right. From Mashpee Rotary take Rte 28 toward Falmouth and follow for 2 ½ miles until Westie Shoes is on your right. Take left at Gulf Station onto Metoxit Street. Same directions as above. Parking Instructions: Parking will be available on a few driveways next to property and across from property. Accessibility: Discretionary


English Heritage, 22 Brown Court, Falmouth
Tour benefiting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod

On less than a quarter of acre, enjoy a space inspired by classic English gardens.  When you visit, midsummer colors will light up a traditional mixed border, a white garden, a newly planted ‘Hot Garden’, a garden with little hostas, and a mini succulent garden.  View young espaliered apple trees, many roses of various types, and a raised bed veggie patch. Many Hydrangeas including heirloom, new macrophylla, climbing and paniculata types, adorn the property. Master Gardener Tip Talks at 11 AM and 2 PM Attracting Pollinators to the Garden.

Garden Directions: Easy to find with GPS. . .Or: the destination is close to Falmouth's downtown.  Enter Falmouth on Rte 28 (Main Street), go south on King Street, and left onto Brown Ct. Main Street and King street meet at a Sotheby’s Real Estate Office and the Fire Station Garden Parking Instructions: Limited on Brown Court, overflow on King Street. Accessibility: Discretionary


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