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.
469 Elliott Road, Centerville Tour benefiting Cape Cod Synagogue Food Pantry
Swan View. High on knoll overlooking the Centerville River and a marsh below. Abundant niko blue hydrangeas. Something in bloom all year. Interesting ground cover, perennials and annuals in impressionist colors. Homemade compost and organic fertilizer used throughout. Hydrangeas, Rose of Sharon and rare lilac plants are available for those with a shovel and a bag. Directions: From Route 28 and Strawberry Hill Road where there is St. George Greek Church and a CVS, go south on Strawberry Hill about 0.5 mile to Pine Street. Turn right on to Pine Street, and then IMMEDIATELY left on to Elliot Road. Go down Elliot Road for about 0.7 mile, At a “T” intersection bear left, and 0.2 mile past the “T” you will be there. It’s a light grey house up on a knoll on your right, with a semicircular stone driveway. #469 on the mailbox.
Garden for All Seasons, 28 Sady’s Lane, East Falmouth
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society welcomes you to a Garden for All Seasons. Featured in Fine Gardening magazine in April 2017, this property was chosen for its skill in making a mere half acre feel much larger. Winding garden paths lead the visitor through surprising vistas and vignettes. Espaliered pear and dogwood trees and archways of beeches and hydrangeas are some of the many features to be discovered in this 34-year-old garden created by the homeowners/professional horticulturists. More than 30 hydrangea cultivars are integrated into the mixed borders. Despite their Garden’s age, the Chapman’s are keen on continuing improvement making this garden well worth a return trip. Site has plenty of immediate parking.
Strictly Hydrageas, 121 Camp Street, Unit 106, West Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod
Open for tours: July 13 & July 20An ever-expanding collection of hydrangeas, the quintessential Cape Cod woody ornamental, frames a small freestanding Master Gardener’s condominium. 225 hydrangeas in ground take center stage in various garden beds. Patio and porches boast 25 containers using the “Pot-N-Pot” method with a dwarf hydrangea as the “thriller” along with various “fillers” and spillers”. This garden is a Hydrangea Lover’s Dream come true. Master Gardener Tip Talks at 11 AM and 2 PM – Container Gardening with Hydrangeas. Garden Directions: From the Mid-Cape Highway (Route 6), take exit 7 and turn south on Willow Street. Take the slight left at the junction with Camp Street. Continue 0.4 miles turning right into Mill Pond Village, 121 Camp Street, West Yarmouth. Proceed straight to parking on the right, then a short walk to Unit 106 on the left. Parking Instructions: Park at the edge of the open field on the right. Short walk to Unit 106 on the left. Garden Accessibility: Accessible