The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is an annual celebration of the region's blue, pink, and white signature flowers! This ten day festival's main attractions are the daily tours of private gardens, each designed and maintained by the individual homeowners and carrying a unique charm. You are sure to enjoy such eclectic spaces, not to mention the good feeling of supporting a variety of local nonprofits.
Garden tours are $5 per person per garden. Each garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and only on the days specified. All garden tours are rain or shine and nonrefundable.
Friday, July 12th and Sunday, July 14th
3 Gardens on Tour
Title: Pamela’s Garden 27 Blue Rock Road, South Yarmouth, MA
When you visit Pamela Phipp’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.
Garden Title:"Our Happy Place" 8 Village Lane, Yarmouthport, MA
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. See Bob's magical birdhouses. I want to share "our Happy Place " with you!
on the left. Because the street is so short, please park by the playground on 6A.
Garden Title: A Plant Collector’s Secret Garden 82 Sierra Way, West Yarmouth, MA
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!
Friday 19th and Sunday 21st
5 Gardens On Tour
Garden #1 130 Cranberry Lane Centerville
Garden Title: The Gathering Place
We did it: we’ve created a dream yard that doesn’t take up every moment of our free time to take care of it! While there is always something to do like feed the coy, or harvest some vegetables, there is also time to hang by the wood fire pit with friends while listening to the waterfall down the rocks. See a raised vegetable garden with creative touches that provide an abundant harvest. Find how flowers are the focus and heart of the garden. Learn about varieties of perennials and flowering shrubs, including a water garden in your landscape, and pretty plants for containers. Discover how you too can turn your yard into a low-maintenance gathering place
Garden #2 359 Main Street Centerville
Garden Title: Visit Santosha Gardens
This sanctuary is set on 1+ acre filled with outdoor gardens and greenhouses. Meander through the natural paths of flower gardens and stop by the rock/water feature and see the fish and the local frogs. Walk the woodland path and visit the meditation cabin. Spot active honey bee hives and stop by the chicken coop. Check out the monarch butterfly way station of hundreds of milkweeds and pollinators. You’ll see a large assortment of annuals and perennials highlighted by dozens of lavender plants along the pathways. See how the four seasons growing produce a year-round salad and vegetables. We endeavor to be self- sustaining with solar power, well water, and with the utmost kindness to the natural world.
Garden #3 118 Scudder Avenue Hyannis
Garden Title: Secret Gardens With Vintage Accents
Discover what you can do with collected rocks from the beach and beyond, plants that attract butterflies, and a vintage claw foot bathtub! See the butterfly garden grown around the Magnolia tree. View our perennial garden on the side of the driveway, and learn how you can create a patio and rock wall with found stones. Learn how a vintage Shasta RV Trailer could become a garden ornament or even a guest house! Annuals, shrubs and vintage ornaments abound, with a glass mushroom garden and fun little places throughout the yard
Garden #4 244 Rolling Hitch Road Centerville
Garden Title: Pat's Literary Gardens
Enter this former Barnstable educator/Master Gardener's gardens through a pathway of Niko blue Hydrangeas and shady plants that set the mood of peace. A tropical sitting area with fire pit, and potted plants overlook her many perennial beds with whimsical storybook accents...Ruby Slippers, the White Rabbit, Tin man, One Fish, Two fish... reflecting her love of classic literature. Small mementos from traveling peak out of flowering plants: Dutch wooden shoes, Big Ben, gondolas, Eiffel tower and more. A rainbow garden, new rose and lavender beds punctuate the air with their lovely colors and fragrance, attract pollinators. Enjoy the many unique birdhouses, feeders, birdbaths and sitting areas. An arbor pathway to her lower garden level gardens includes raised beds of organic vegetables and herbs alongside a hillside of native plants and bushes.
Garden #5 . 2 Lawrence Pond Sandwich
Garden Title: Two Plant Geeks, on Two-Plus Acres
If you love abundant flowers and a large kitchen garden, you’ll enjoy walking this landscape created by Dan (a scientist) and C.L. (the author of eight gardening books). Walk through the cutting garden and trial beds up top. See the solar-heated seed-starting shed, and the rustic fence Dan built out of locust. Sit in the shade of the grape arbor, note the abundant use of containers around the house, and enjoy the perennial beds and vegetable garden. Ask about the magical stump plantings, the rain garden, and blueberry patch. See many hydrangeas, mostly labeled, an assortment of ground covers, and a wide selection of shrubs and trees located on one of Cape Cod’s lovely lakes.
HCG is a proud sponsor of one of the gardens.