Thursday, January 23, 2020

Monday, April 8, 2019

2019 Hydrangea Festival Garden Tours

Saturday July 13 & Saturday July 20

Strictly Hydrangeas

West Yarmouth

An 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. Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Container Gardening with Hydrangeas at 11 am and 2 pm.

Monday July 15

Backyard Sanctuary

East Falmouth

The owners of this garden have shared and enjoyed the fruits of their labor with family and friends for 18 years. The gardens are planted with unique shrubs and trees along with fabulous containers and whimsical collections. The pergola with vibrant orange blooms keeps the hummingbirds returning. The giant hibiscus attracts all pollinators. Many perennials and striking annuals are planted on the property mixed in with clever and creative structures. The veggie beds, including the fun upside down plant, is not to be missed. Be sure to view the porches with their unique collections of succulents. Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Tender and Hardy Succulents at 11 am and 2 pm.

English Heritage


On less than a quarter of acre, enjoy a space inspired by classic English gardens. When you visit, midsummer colors will light up a traditional mixed border, ‘A White Garden’, a newly planted ‘Hot Garden’, a little garden with little hostas, and a mini succulent garden add to the mix. View young espaliered apple trees, many roses of various types and a raised bed veggie patch. Many Hydrangeas, including heirloom, new macrophylla, climbing and paniculata types, adorn the property.Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Attracting Pollinators to the Garden at 11 am and 2 pm.

Tuesday, July 16

Pat’s Whimsical Garden


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 many gardens. 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.Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Summer Pruning at 11 am and 2 pm.

Thursday, July 18

The Bowker Horticultural Society

East Sandwich

Mary and Roger Bowker, both Master Gardeners, purchased their historic former dairy farm in 2001 and have spent the last 18 years rescuing 15 acres from invasive plants. On four acres, they have created garden rooms around a gazebo and pergola dotted with hydrangeas and statuary. There is a formal herb garden, an orchard and serene landscapes. They enjoy their extensive vegetable patch where he, an avowed carnivore and she, an enthusiastic aficionado of all things green and edible, happily work side by side, hoes in hand, experimenting with fruits and vegetables. Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Reclaiming your Yard from Invasive Plants at 11 am and 2 pm.

The Fornari Gardens @ Lawrence Pond

If you love flowers, vegetables and a range of unusual trees and shrubs, you’ll be entranced with the Fornari gardens. See a solar-heated seed-starting shed, abundant use of color, magical stump plantings and container annuals. Discover cutting garden plants, reliable vegetables and creative use of arbors and fences. See the deck where the book, The Cocktail Hour Garden was conceived and learn about new annual and perennial plants. Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Structures and Hardscape in the Garden at 11 am and 2 pm.

Friday July 19

A Swedish Gardener’s Hideaway


This multi-acre property is inspired by childhood gardens in Sweden and England. The garden is designed with many rooms and many surprises. The chicken’s run free range, and love to hide in the roses and butterfly bushes. The cutting garden has an herb garden by its gate; enclosed vegetable beds are outlined with flowers and blooming shrubs and rhubarb. A wildflower meadow, potting shed, a sauna, pergola with climbing wisteria, and gourds covering the root cellar. As you wander, you will see terraced beds with evergreens, blooming shrubs, annuals, perennials currents, gooseberry and a young Quince tree. Raised stone gardens by the front door provide easy access to greens, flowers and herbs. Join us for Master Gardener Tips in the Garden: Making Soil Healthy at 11 am and 2 pm.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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
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 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.