Garden Tours - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Whlden Memorial Library: Howes' Garden, 1124 Old Stage Rd., Centerville ***OPEN: 9am-12pm***

The Howes' Garden holds numerous flower gardens with many different perennials and bulbs. Their specialty is hybridizing day lilies! They have seedlings from plants cross-pollinated in 2017, yearlings planted in the spring of 2017, and close to 100 plants saved from crops as far back as 2004. The best hybrids get a Cape Cod name (such as Cape Cod Lemonade), and registered with the American Hemerocallis Society. If you are curious about hybridization, or simply want to see an array of beautiful blooms, this is the garden to visit! Garden Directions: From Route 28, take Old Stage Road north for 1.7 miles. The garden will be on your right. From the Mid-Cape highway: take exit 5, and take the exit off the roundabout to Service Rd. After half a mile, turn right onto Old Stage Rd. After about 1 mile, take a left to stay on Old Stage Road. The garden will be on your left. Parking Instructions: Please park on the left side of the one-way, just beyond the driveway. DO NOT park in the circular drive. Please follow the instructions of the parking attendant.

Cape Cod Hydrangea Society: 56 Fairview Ave, South Chatham

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society is pleased to have Pat and Ulrich’s hydrangea-centric naturalized garden on tour this year. A sizeable hydrangea collection is featured containing several species with H.macrophylla being the most dominant. Total count exceeds 100 cultivars with most plants having been propagated by the Schaafhausens from cuttings received from friends and hydrangea enthusiasts. Garden art is also prevalent throughout the property with stone cairns and concrete leaf sculptures created by the homeowners. The terrain is gentle and easy – a nice walk around the yard on a soft pine needle lawn directed by shell pathways. Birds are plentiful and friendly. Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Pleasant Street in South Chatham (near the ‘Talkative Pig’), go south on Pleasant Street. Continue straight and bear left at the fork in the road. Make a right onto Long’s Lane and then the next right onto Fairview Ave.  No. 56 is on the right about 4 houses down the street. Fairview is a narrow road - please park only on our side of the street. If traveling via GPS, you may be directed on to Fairview from the opposite direction. Be aware the initial portion of Fairview from this direction is unpaved and the street sign is hidden. Do proceed as directed – you’ll just have to turn around to park on the even number side of the street.

Eastham Public Library Building Fund: “ Beyond Infinity”- 45 Aeries Way, Eastham

In typical Eastham fashion, you would never knew that this garden was here unless you were invited in.  This property was designed for ultimate privacy. You will enter through a well-designed walk but will be stunned when you open the garden gate and see the natural pool and plantings. The plantings are layered, and each specimen is planted in exactly the right place. This is an example of how to create a landscape with striking impact in a modest space. Every day in this home literally feels like you are on a luxury vacation. Stunning!

Eastham Public Library Building Fund: “Your Heart’s Desire” - 85 Clayton Road, Eastham
This family visited every garden on Eastham’s tours over the years and took something from each one to create this perfect garden that has a little of everything. Look closely. The outdoor shower has been featured on the popular poster “Outdoor Showers of Eastham”. The roses are lovely, there is an artistic fire pit and the multiple seating areas are perfect for every different outdoor activity. The mossy, bubbling, naturalized fountain is just charming and the solar lights through the trees expand the garden right into the surrounding woods. Do try this at home. Everything fits perfectly into this landscape.

Eastham Public Library Building Fund: “A Reading Garden” - 35 High Tide Place, Eastham
This garden was designed by and for book lovers. There are so many sunny and shady spots for reading. Stone and gravel paths circle the house. They invite you to stroll then sit with a book on the bluestone patio, in a garden swing, under trees in Adirondack chairs, in a hammock, or join a "book group" in the screened porch. Magnolia and Kousa dogwood trees, a Ginkgo Biloba, a cherry tree, and River Birch, Rose of Sharon, blueberry bushes, many hydrangeas (of course), roses, and numerous other plants look like they have been here forever- even though they haven’t.

Eastham Public Library Building Fund: “A Room with A View” - 630 Herringbrook Road, Eastham
From the street, this garden is an explosion of color and causes traffic jams just with its colors. But you haven’t seen anything yet. Yes, the street view is beautiful but enter the garden from above and you will be standing in the midst of the rainbow and also have a panoramic view of the Bees River Marsh. Chat with some experienced birders from Audubon, look through their scopes for an up-close peek into the osprey nest and see why this part of the Cape is a bird lover’s paradise and this garden is more than you ever expected. Inspiring!

Eastham Public Library Building Fund: “Salt Winds Gardens” - 100 Salt Winds Drive, North Eastham
This very special walled garden reminds us of France. A tiny Versailles, though it was actually designed by an artist from New Orleans. Gravel ‘lawns’ are bordered by plantings including boxwood and hemlocks. A large gate leads you into the immaculately planned garden, home to a fabulous metal sculpture by David Boyajian. Fountains provide the background sound of water to the large covered deck. Paths are bordered with hosta, ornamental roses, yarrow, hydrangea, phlox, lilies, asters and many other perennials. But the best ‘water feature’ is the large, free-standing outdoor beach shower which lends a ‘spa’ feeling to this garden.

Eastham Public Library Building Fund: “Mystery Garden”
One of the most interesting gardens in Eastham, this garden will be available to all guests who purchase the $25 Tour ticket. Participate in the ‘Quest’ in this garden and enter the drawing for a hydrangea plant.

Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer: Tour of Littlefield Farm, 295 Massasoit Road, North Eastham
Littlefield Farm is full of unique gardens with mature plants expressing concepts of native vegetation and edible landscape design throughout the property.  It is completely non-toxic, proving you can grow a huge variety of plants, and even have a real green lawn without the use of man-made synthetic chemicals. Entertainment is mostly out back featuring a large Koi pond with two waterfalls, an in-ground fire pit and a big green house for growing food in the winter. Gardens are 18 years mature, there is a lot of self-spreading going on that brings more of a meadow feel to many areas of the property. The owner is a 'stone artist' bringing in special textures around the property that are timeless. Come visit Littlefield Farm and see how many edible flowers there are for everyone to enjoy!

West Dennis Garden Club: Enchanting Estate Gardens, 21 Oliver Snow Road, Harwich
Enjoy sunny center garden, perennial herb garden encircling the well, and wildflower gardens in the backyard of this 1824 Greek Revival, carriage house & playhouse! Four giant spruce trees line one side of the property and nature trails lead one out to a fairy house, bridge, Andrews River, bog & osprey nest! Flora, fauna & fun sittings abound!! Overflowing, colorful window boxes and potted flowers enhance this charming romantic 2 1/2 acre property. A 1940's Victory Garden site still exists past the lofty pines. Lilac, Forsythia, Hydrangea, Azalea & Rhododendron bushes surround the grassy yard. Wild Lilies of the Valley, daisies, tall phlox, Forget-Me-Nots, Hostas, & Myrtle further enhance this pretty property. Bring your sneakers or comfortable foot gear to fully enjoy this enchanting estate in Harwich Port

Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod -The Jeweled Garden, 22 Moody Drive, Sandwich

Magnificent native tupelos, maples, and mature rhododendrons form a ring around this corner property. A large, circular perennial garden offers blooms from May through October, with many native plants, pollinator plants and a variety of lilies. Along the street there is a long shade garden featuring many varieties of large hosta. Rock wall crevices are filled with an assortment of shade and sun loving annuals. Blue Hydrangeas and other shrubs surround the house and ground cover plants reduce maintenance chores and add interest.
Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Composting 1-2-3 at 11 am and 2 pm.
Garden Directions: Take exit 2 and follow 130 North (Water Street). Bear right onto Tupper Road. Make a left onto Moody Street. Or from 6A take Webster which is across from the CC 5 Cents Savings Bank. The house is on the corner of Moody and Webster. The front of house is on Moody but the driveway is off Webster. Go up Webster, the driveway is the last one on the right. Garden Parking: Good, along street. Garden Handicapped Accessibility: discretionary