See Beautiful Gardens & Support BEF! At Two Garden Tours During The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival.
Friday, July 10th Tour (link for ticket purchases below) First Friday’s Fun and Fabulous Four! Cost of this tour: $25.00 including mailing of tickets. Two gardens in Marston’s Mills and two in Sandwich
1) Nancy Pratt-Hellwig and Mark Hellwig “The Blue Collar Oasis” I affectionately call our garden in Marstons Mills 'The Blue Collar Oasis'. Seventeen years ago we bought the full Cape on 3/4 of acre in a neighborhood with lots of kids and regular working people. The landscaping consisted of a semi circle driveway that took up most of the front yard, some sparse Cape Cod lawn and a struggling dogwood. Over time we replaced the driveway with a perennial bed. I still pick out gravel from that hateful driveway all these years later! A mixed shrub border was planted along the road since this is where we get most of the sun. Shade dominates the back and side areas, but what was once considered a liability is now my favorite! I never met a plant I didn't like so the garden is full of pass-a-longs, sale table finds, and blooming divas that I couldn't resist. Because I work in the industry new plants always seem to find their way to Marstons Mills! I hope you will visit my garden. It is an example of what you can do with poor soil, shade and a willingness to play in the dirt!
2) Barbara and Noel Spillane “Barberry Knoll” Down a dirt road and through the stonewall entrance you will find this informal, serene garden located on 4.5 acres of land on Mystic Lake in Marstons Mills. It includes a working cranberry bog in front of a farmhouse style home, and a rock garden behind the house that measures approximately 150 feet. The focal point of the rock garden is a cherub birdbath surrounded by Andromeda shrubs and heather. Three field stone stairways invite visitors to walk a path past rhododendrons, birch trees, hydrangeas, and Rosa rugosa. There is plenty of room to stroll around the bog or to take a leisurely walk down to the lake and enjoy the greenery, peace and quiet.
3) Dan and C.L. Fornari Come see what happens when a plant geek (C.L.) and the Energizer Bunny (Dan) purchase 2 ½ acres of land. You will see a large variety of all types of plants. Stroll through the “Entry Garden” that’s filled with a combination of annuals and perennials, and discover what sweet scents are filling the “Fragrance Garden.” Find out what flowers C.L. has grown for “Annual Alley” this year. Note the trial perennials and shrubs in the test garden, cutting gardens, a large vegetable garden, berry bushes, and several flower beds. Find out what plants grow well in the often-soggy Rain Garden, and of course, see many varieties of Hydrangeas. This garden is a celebration of color, diversity, plants, and the joys of cultivation.
4) Don and Phyllis Helfrich The Helfrich’s property is a lovely, informal garden with a little bit of everything. Tall oaks and pines are the backdrop for the extensively planted backyard space which features a variety of shrubs, perennials and annuals set off by a 100 foot stone wall. The setting is highlighted by a small fish pond/water garden with a lively waterfall, unique stick arbors, and stone-lined paths that wind through the wooded section. Hanging baskets, planters, garden sculptures, and wind chimes accent the garden and brick patio. Numerous laurels, rhododendrons and hydrangeas surround this traditional Cape home
Friday, July 17th Tour (link for ticket purchases below) Garden Visions Along Route 6A Five Gardens and an Organic Farm
Cost of this tour $30.00 including mailing of tickets
1) Helen McVeigh “My Dream”
Your visit begins with the "Sun Garden" that’s filled with roses and flowing perennials that change with the seasons. Next is our "Breakfast Room" where a water feature and bird station make it the place for morning coffee. On the side yard is the "Bodacious Cutting Garden" filled with perennials, annuals, and my love...dahlias. The "Great Wall" of Yarmouthport (leylands) behind the sunken greenhouse is the backdrop for a raised stonewall garden bed with a large show of crocosmia. At the center of the backyard is "My Fairy Garden," a magical spot with homes and miniatures. On the left is "God's Garden" so-named because I do little here but enjoy the hosta and other plants. In the front yard, is the "Hydrangea Garden" and there are 24 artist-crafted birdhouses adorning the property. Sit, relax, and enjoy...My Dream!
At this property be sure to look for the fancy birdhouse build by artist Bobby Hallstein. Buy a ticket for a chance to win this work of aviary art! The winner will be notified the evening of the 17th.
2) The Violetta Garden “Classic Cape Cod”
Situated down a long, shady driveway, this property has beautiful views overlooking the Great Salt Marsh and Cape Cod Bay. It was professionally designed by Jeff Eldredge of Starboard Side Landscaping and is planted for summer color and ease of maintenance. Discover plants that will do well in windy locations, and see many summer flowering shrubs. This property is an example of a beautiful, low-maintenance Cape garden that complements the location with well-chosen trees, shrubs and perennials.
3) Cape Cod Organic Farm
Cape Cod Organic Farm is a Certified Organic Farmlocated along Historic Route 6A in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Here Tim Frairy specializes in growing organic fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, and native grasses used in land restoration. He also breeds and raisesHeritage Breed Pigs for pork.
No entry fee - a bonus garden! You’ll park here and take a Green Shuttle car to the Ehrenreich’s garden. Check out this organic farm and purchase locally grown food for dinner.
4) Irwin and Cindy Ehrenreich “A Special Rose Garden”
Irwin and Cindy’s Garden has over 600 rose bushes and 20 Hydrangeas. The garden has been featured in C.L. Fornari’s book A Garden Lover’s Cape Cod, Country Garden Magazine, Cape Cod Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Rose Gardening, on the HGTVGardens web site and on N.E.C.N.’s New England Dream House. The roses include Hybrid Teas, Floribunda, Grandiflora, English Roses, Climbers, Shrubs, Old Garden Roses and Miniatures. All the roses are labeled with the name and class of the rose. Arbors, fences, trellises and ornaments decorate the garden as well as stonewalls and a backyard stone pond. An old stone well sits next to a pergola filled with pottery and benches.
5) Jane Boyle and Michael Galonska “Cape Cod Cottage Style”
This garden is a good example of a traditional Cape cottage style, balancing "permanent" unifying structural elements with ongoing experimentation with new plantings. The result is an overall effect of appealing informality that draws you in to explore and enjoy the garden. A backbone of mature trees and shrubs - rhododendrons, hollies, hydrangeas, Kwanza cherry, crabapples, Japanese maples and Stewartia camellia - anchor and frame specimen ornamental plantings and extensive perennials beds. Collections of sun and shade perennials and ground covers create a rich variety of textures, colors and mood - some plantings provide hot pops of cheer, others induce a serene Zen feeling. This garden is professionally maintained by Joanne Wallace.
6) Dan and C.L. Fornari “Poison Ivy Acres”
Come see what happens when a plant geek (C.L.) and the Energizer Bunny (Dan) purchase 2 ½ acres of land. You will see a large variety of all types of plants. Stroll through the “Entry Garden” that’s filled with a combination of annuals and perennials, and discover what sweet scents are filling the “Fragrance Garden.” Find out what flowers C.L. has grown for “Annual Alley” this year. Note the trial perennials and shrubs in the test garden, cutting gardens, a large vegetable garden, berry bushes, and several flower beds. Find out what plants grow well in the often-soggy Rain Garden, and of course, see many varieties of Hydrangeas. This garden is a celebration of color, diversity, plants, and the joys of cultivation.
Tours are held rain or shine. Tickets to each tour sold separately.
Link for advance tickets below.
Other drop-in garden destinations and lunch stop suggestions are listed in the tour booklet that will be given to those who have purchased tour tickets in advance. You will get instructions and addresses with your paid tickets.
You can learn more about the festival by visiting the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Hydrangea Festsite.
Future Fundraiser in November
BEF Run For Success Road Race
November 14, 2015
5 K run starts and ends Centerville Elementary School
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