Garden Tours - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Pat’s Whimsical Gardens, Garden Address: 244 Rolling Hitch Road, Centerville
Tour benefiting Master Gardner Association of Cape Cod

This former educator/Master Gardener’s gardens include numerous perennials, hydrangeas, rainbow and shade gardens, rose and lavender beds, that punctuate the air with fragrance and color attracting a variety of pollinators.  Many lilies, cosmos, catmint, astilbe, daisies, dahlias, hostas, beebalm, peonies, salvias, cornflowers, and more overflow the lush landscape.  Unique birdhouses, feeders, birdbaths, sitting areas and whimsical literary/animal statues adorn these gardens.  A lower garden contains raised beds of organic vegetables growing next to a hillside of native plants. Master Gardener Tip Talks at 11 AM and 2 PM Summer Pruning. 
Garden Directions: From Rt. 6 (Midcape Highway):  Exit 5. Take the roundabout to the service road. (Second exit off the roundabout). Take a right onto Old Stage Road.  At the stop sign, turn left to continue on Old Stage Road. . Turn left onto Rolling Hitch Rd. Follow Rolling Hitch Rd to the end. From Rt. 28: From the lights at the west end of the Centerville Shopping Ctr. Turn North onto Old Stage Rd.  Follow Old Stage Rd for 1 mile. Turn right onto Rolling Hitch Rd. Follow Rolling Hitch Rd to the end.
Parking Instructions: Garden is located at the end of a dead-end street. Please park on one side of this narrow street. Accessibility: Difficult

48 Country Lane, Dennis Port   Tour benefiting West Dennis Garden Club
Located at the end of Country Lane, this Master Gardener’s perennial garden has evolved over the past 35 years.  A large Kousa Dogwood is situated out front near an English styled flowering garden.  Day lilies, lupine and Roses greet you as you walk along the path to the back garden. Japanese White Lilac, Stewartia and Hanoki Cypress Trees are also planted along the path.  Six different Hydrangeas bloom on this property including Pinky Winky and Endless Summer.  Raised beds are used for edible plantings along with several utilized for herbs.  An outside dining and sitting area are framed by a pergola covered with Climbing Hydrangea.  Roses blooming near the bubbling water features making this inviting place a cozy, relaxing retreat.


One Thirza's Way West Dennis   Tour benefiting West Dennis Garden Club
Located in a secluded neighborhood, at the end of the Bass River, is Wrinkle Point, a 60-year old gated community. One Thirza's Way is surrounded with Hydrangeas, which will greet you as you approach the property. As you stroll towards the back of the yard, you will pass various types of Hydrangeas which have been planted over the 50 years the home has been inhabited by four generations of the same family. The backyard has a small English Garden that the owners enjoy from their sunroom as they sit and view the activity on Bass River. The embankment leading down to the beach is covered with Rosa Regosa and other wild Cape Cod vegetation. Come and sit on the deck and view the blue Hydrangeas and the Lilies with a calm southerly breeze keeping you cool, as you ponder which garden to visit next on your tour. Open: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 and Thursday, July 18, 2019


15 Love Lane, South Dennis    Tour benefiting West Dennis Garden Club
At the end of a mixed-use street, there is a little surprise. Privacy and peace surround this home and gardens. View the Hydrangea-bordered shell driveway. Sit on the front porch and look out on a park like setting. Here you will see roses and numerous perennial gardens.  Sit on the rear deck and listen to the soothing trickle of water from the small fishpond. From the beautiful grape arbor, you may stroll down the path to the beach on Eagle Pond, where you just might spot the herons who reside there. 


Moss & Ferns, 25 Whitney Road, Eastham Tour benefiting Eastham Library Building Fund

There are many remarkable things about this garden from the artistic hardscaping that forms the structure to many small surprises. When you visit, you’ll find a deep, green oasis of moss and ferns which seldom appears on our sandy peninsula.  And, remarkably, it began as a scruffy, scrubpine woods just three years ago.  Try to identify the many kinds of fern.  When you visit, there will be professionals to answer every question and make sure to talk with the gardener, who is willing to give up his secrets for success. The formula includes beer, but you don’t drink it.

Marsh Mellow: a 1775 Cottage, 10 Dyer Prince Road, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Library Building Fund

You may follow this gardener on Instagram, ‘thisoldcapehouse’- and now you have an opportunity to experience her English Country Garden in person and capture a ‘selfie’ in this unique setting.  When you visit this magical place, you will hear how the gardeners planted 50 hydrangea and transformed every inch of this corner lot to create unique spaces including a walled, sunken firepit with comfy seating near a 19th Century barn.  What makes this feat even more impressive is that they did it all on their own and completed it within two and a half years. You will be amazed.

Calling all kids - from 2 to 92, 850 Old Orchard Road, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Library Building Fund
If you want to find the perfect yard and gardens for hosting all your friends and relatives, from the ages of 2 to 92, this is it.  With each child’s graduation party, the yard expanded.  The owners have built a kid-friendly space with a beautiful pool and space for games along with an adult-friendly outdoor ‘beach bar’ with high top tables and an elevated firepit just perfect for entertaining.   The hedges, fences and walls surrounding the property make it feel very private though it is actually on a very busy corner in town.  Once again, the owners are both the designers and builders. 

Vegetables at Eye Level, 40 Kittiwake Lane, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Library Building Fund
Whether you want to grow one tomato or enough to share, you will learn everything you need to know here.  In a relatively small space, this gardener grows prodigious amounts of beautiful vegetables.  And all of it is elevated to waist level to make weeding, pruning and harvesting easy.  Part of the genius is that, instead of rotating plants, he rotates and amends the soil, made possible because everything is in pots.  Even if you never thought about growing vegetables before, you will want to run out and begin after visiting.  The idyllic location on the water is just a bonus.

Tranquility, 210 Sunset Avenue, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Library Building Fund

We chose this seaside home and garden because everything about it is so special.  It is located on the water so you see the ‘clam trees’ of Rock Harbor to your left and Boat Meadow on your right.  The professional landscaping fits into the land effortlessly with flower borders, flowering trees, arbors and many natural grasses.  Talk to one of Audubon’s best birders, then look through his scope at all the seabirds. As you walk the paths around the home to the edge of the sea, you cannot help but feel that you are totally at peace on Cape Cod.

Mystery Garden, Eastham
Tour benefiting Eastham Library Building Fund

This ‘Mystery Garden’ will be identified for all who buy the $25 Eastham Garden Tour ticket.  This has been voted a favorite by past participants and we are bringing it back so that you can see the many new sculptures which have been added or, perhaps, enjoy it for the first time.  It’s the perfect garden for children, by the way.  And Lindsay Strode from Cape Organics will be on hand to explain how to build natural solutions for outdoor living.  Look for the 6’tall, bronze pelican and ask, “What in heaven’s name is it doing on Cape Cod?”