Saturday, March 3, 2018

2018 Hydrangea Festival Garden Tour Preview

We are thrilled to be back to participate in this year's Hydrangea Festival. This year we will be presenting 5 gardens. Each garden has a unique beauty and offers an array of inspiration and education. Join us in each garden at 11 am and 2 pm for Tips in the Garden. We have something for everyone!

Admission $5 per garden
Gardens are open 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine
For more information please visit:

 Saturday July 7th

Hydrangea Hideaway on Cape Cod

West Yarmouth

Small in size but bursting with over 65 cultivars of hydrangeas, Linda’s garden is breathtaking. Over 130 hydrangeas take center stage in various garden beds, her patio and porches abundant with containers. Twenty-five containers are planted with hydrangea as the “thriller” along with various “filler” and “spillers” using the “Pot-N-Pot” method.  Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Container Gardening with Hydrangeas at 11 am and 2 pm.

Hydrangea Hill

West Barnstable

Located along historic 6a, this cottage style garden is quintessential Cape Cod.  Melissa’s gardens are beautiful, practical and continually evolving. Relax by the wetlands teaming with wildlife, stroll through the picket fence into the perennial gardens, veggie and herb garden, and dahlias. Visit with the backyard chickens and see this beekeeper’s honeybees hard at work in her gardens. Historic trees provide dappled shade.  Over 25 hydrangeas are showcased on the newly planted garden’s hillside.  Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Backyard Chickens and Coop Tour at 11 am and 2 pm.

The Layered Garden


Styled after an upbringing in Germany, these organic gardens are wildlife and pollinator friendly and home to a flock of backyard chickens and quail. Perennials, shrubs, ornamentals, grasses and native Cape Cod plantings are abundant.  The garden features spectacular twenty-plus year old rhododendrons and gardens in both full shade and full sun. A fire pit and rock garden are special additions. Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Rocks, Paths and Hardscaping at 11 am and 2 pm.

Tuesday, July 10th

The Jeweled Garden


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.

Wednesday, July 11th

A Bird and Butterfly Garden Oasis


Finding inspiration from her childhood, travel, pets, animals and her grandchildren, Pat, a retired Barnstable teacher, uses a color palette of soft pastels to create a welcoming atmosphere of peace and tranquility. With seasonal flowers, perennials, a lavender garden and vegetable plot complete with pumpkins, and over 30 hydrangeas her garden is home to many birds and butterflies. Come relax in many garden rooms that include a water feature, whimsical garden statues, fire pit and more. Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: How to Select the Right Hydrangea to Enhance Your Yard or Garden at 11 am and 2 pm.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Hydrangea Festival Tour Schedule

July 9th

Pamela's Garden

A long time Master Gardener, Pamela's gardens have been created from happily acquired hand-me-downs and several “just have to have” favorite plants. She has chosen the no-lawn approach to her landscape. A plant lover’s oasis with many perennials, shrubs and trees; some are in the perfect spot and others in various states of "almost" appropriate placement. (Having her own business in gardening, one can understand the "almost"!) Newer planting areas are continually in the making. Using a “recycle” philosophy, the gardens are a mix of the familiar and well loved while always entertaining new "friends"---Plants, of course!

July 10th

The Fornari Garden at Poison Ivy Acres

This will be the tenth summer on Poison Ivy Acres for Dan and Master Gardener C.L. Fornari. Along the road see the "dry garden" of drought-tolerant plants. Next is the trail garden where C.L. plants new varieties to see how they grow. This area shares space with the cutting garden just above the large vegetable beds. There are flowerbeds on all sides of the house, and many varieties of hydrangeas. See great color combinations and a wide variety of all types of plants.

Garden by the Sea

Located near Osterville’s quaint downtown, this beautiful garden is set on the water. As you enter through the cobblestone lined driveway’s gate, explore this Master Gardener’s abundant landscape. Perfect for strolling, this garden features over 150 hydrangeas, roses, perennials, flowerbeds, and evergreens.

July 12th

A Beekeeper's Garden on Blueberry Pond

Originally built as a 1978 summer cottage on one of Brewster’s 80 kettle ponds, this rebuilt contemporary Cape is home to a Master Gardener and beekeeper. The garden features a plentiful array of native Oakleaf Hydrangea as well as many varieites of daylilies, Skimmia Japonica, Karen Azaleas, Japanese Red Maple, Blue Star Juniper, and three varieties of Hydrangea. Pollinator plants including chives and wildflowers dance with honeybees. A natural rock walk/stairway leads to the front porch with welded, artistic railing and lighting featuring seasonal plantings and a lot more.

Hidden Tranquil Retreat

This garden provides a tranquil setting off a busy road. The Master Gardener took advantage of the natural hilly terrain and created garden rooms with a Japanese Hills and Ponds influence. The garden has a variety of Japanese Maples, Rhododendron, Azaleas, and Hydrangeas. Ferns, Grasses and Hostas add texture and dimension. There are also a variety of specimen trees and unusual shrubs. Stroll the hills or sit by the tranquil pond and enjoy the koi. They are very friendly and love company. Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Feeding Your Garden at 11am and 2 pm.

July 15th
Hydrangea Lover's Dream

Giving up your big family home may be easy but giving up your big garden of treasured well-loved plants collected over the years may be more difficult. Come view a small freestanding Master Gardener's condominium garden. Fulfilling an 18-year dream to move to Cape Cod, this 2year old garden boasts 65+ cultivars of Hydrangeas, the quintessential Cape Cod woody ornamental genus.

Friday, June 10, 2016

2016 Gardens on Tour are Here!

Tickets may be purchased at each of the above gardens on the day of the tour. For more information, please visit the Cape Cod Chamber of CommerceDirections will be available on the Chamber's website on the day of the event.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

2015 Master Gardener Hydrangea Festival Tour Highlights

Take a peek at some of the Master Gardener's gardens that participated in the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival garden tours in 2015. We hope to see you in our gardens this year. For more information on the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival click here.