Garden Tours - Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Howe’s Garden, 1124 Old Stage Road, Centerville   OPEN: 9AM-12PM
Tour benefiting Whelden Memorial Library

This lovely landscape holds numerous flower gardens with various perennials and bulbs. Their specialty is hybridizing day lilies. You will see seedlings from plants that were cross-pollinated in 2017, yearlings planted in the spring of 2017, and close to 100 plants saved from crops that date to 2004. The best hybrids get a Cape Cod name (Ex. Cape Cod Lemonade) and are registered with the American Hemerocallis Society. If you are curious about hybridization, or simply would like to enjoy an array of beautiful blooms, this is the garden to see. Orders taken for August pick-up. Garden Parking: Please park on the left side of the adjacent street. The Parking Attendant will guide you.  Garden Accessibility: Accessible
***Open for tours:  Sunday, July 14th, Thursday, July 18th, and Saturday, July 20th ***

165 Marquand Drive, Osterville
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Synagogue Food Pantry

Beauty will surround you at this Osterville garden with specimen trees and bushes, hydrangeas galore, perennial gardens and container deck gardens. Directions: From 28 and Old Stage Road just west of the Centerville shopping malls), go west on route 28 to the traffic light on South County Road. Make a left on South County Road and immediately look on the right for a huge rock with the words Marquand Drive. Make that right and go quite a way until encountering a circle. 165 is on the left just after the circle.  Please park on the street and walk to the house, as it is too difficult to drive in and out of the driveway.


Pamela’s Garden, 27 Blue Rock Road, South Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Barnstable Education Foundation

When you visit Pamela Phipps’s 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. 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.


Our Happy Place, 8 Village Lane Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Barnstable Education Foundation

Do you believe in fairies? I do! They live in their own garden on my property where they have houses, a greenhouse, the Queen’s castle, a waterfall and even a dwarf maple tree. I am proud to say I was a winner of the back-yard garden contest for" Country Garden" magazine and they featured my bodacious cutting garden last summer. Within my property are various "rooms" from the breakfast room to the wine room and more. Come...sit and enjoy the" view" of annuals, perennials, dahlias, hydrangeas, experience Bob’s magical birdhouses, and the greenhouse where it all sleeps in the winter. I want to share "our Happy Place" with you!Accessibility: Discretionary. Parking: Short, dead end street. Parking limited in Cul-de-sac. Park around playground on 6A, a very short walk to the garden. Directions: From Garden #1 go back to Great Western/N. Main St and turn right. Take the first left onto Whites Path and drive to the light at Station Ave. Make a right onto Station Ave and go up to Route 6A. Just before 6A you will see Village Lane on the left. Because the street is so short, please park by the playground on 6A.


A Plant Collector’s Secret Garden, 82 Sierra Way, West Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Barnstable Education Foundation

This is truly “the garden behind the fence.” If you are a lover of Japanese maples I have over 45 Maples and some bonsai maples as well. You’ll see a collection of conifers of all types. Learn how we made a Koi pond with a waterfall with lots of water plants, and surrounded it with a weeping pine, some conifers, and Japanese maples. You’ll find lots of rare hostas here, along with a collection of Bonsai that is 40 years old. See hydrangeas and other flowers and be pleasantly surprised by the diversity in this garden that was created by a collector of unusual plants. As an added bonus, enter the drawing for a chance to win a bonsai plant! Accessibility:  Accessible. Parking:  Park on one side of the road only, avoiding Neighbors’ driveways. Directions:   From Garden #2 drive south on Station Ave past route 6 and make a right onto Old Townhouse Road.  Turn left onto Forest Road, and right onto Sierra Way.


Condon’s Garden, 181 Thacher Shore Road, Yarmouth Port
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society
The Condon’s were serious commercial hydrangea propagators and growers for 40 years and this is a very hydrangea-centric site. They purchased their Yarmouth Port property early in 2014 and have planted over 250 hydrangeas on the property. H.macrophylla is the dominant species with H. paniculata, H.quercifolia, and more recently a number of H.serrata plants have been added to the mix. The Condon’s are also serious veggie growers utilizing raised beds to produce a wide range of favorites. Fruit is in the mix too – berries and figs (always hopeful), and a new orchard of peaches and plums is developing nicely.    

Mal ‘The Hydrangea Guy’ and Mary Kay will be giving “Summer Pinch Pruning Demonstrations” at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. This is an optional summer-time pruning technique for H. macrophyllas. Best done in July, this exercise creates a fuller plant, checks plant height, and best of all, increases the potential for more blooming the following summer. Be sure to note the start times; each session will last about 45 minutes. Parking is good but the street is narrow; please park on the south side of the road, along the conservation property.


Linda Coven’s Garden, 121 Camp Street, Unit 106, West Yarmouth
Tour benefiting Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

This garden is a superb example of a small property landscape. Giving up your big family home may be easy but giving up your big garden of your treasured well-loved plants collected over many years may be more difficult.  Come view a concise free-standing Master Gardener’s condominium garden.  Fulfilling a 17-year dream to move to Cape Cod, this only 3 year- old garden is a hydrangea lover’s dream as this very dedicated gardener continues to expand her hydrangea collection to now 75+ distinctive cultivars of this quintessential woody ornamental genus of the Cape. Linda’s garden is an easy 3 miles from the Condon’s via 6a West and then South on Willow Street. Unit 106 at Mill Village is on the left approx. 300 yards in from the entrance. Parking is reasonable and will be marked and assisted via the docent team.



Annual Secret Garden Tour, 460 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Tours benefiting Provincetown Art Association & Museum

Self-guided journey through Provincetown’s stunning gardens. Enjoy exclusive access to private gardens in a walkable loop in a residential neighborhood in Provincetown, free admission to PAAM, free parking, and free transportation between your car, the gardens, and the Museum. (10am-3pm, $40)