Coming soon! Information about buying tickets for our Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival garden tours. See the poster and garden descriptions below and save the dates!
The Fabulous Five
BEF Garden Tour July 8th, 2016
Do you believe in fairies? Do you like a garden with "rooms"? Do you like birds, water features, and garden art?....Its all in Helen's Heaven. There are perennials, annuals, hydrangeas, the "great wall" of Leylands, and many container plantings. My fairy garden has homes and miniature fauna, and of course fairies! Be sure to visit the colorful cutting garden. I love birdhouses and garden art and you will see it liberally and effectively used throughout the property. Come and enjoy the colorful plantings and the sounds of birds and water features at "My Heaven on Earth!"
Garden Rooms and Rescue Plants
The Baldelli gardens are located in Quammid Heights. Their home is surrounded by garden rooms of various sizes and themes. To the left of the house is a deck that gives a panoramic view of the grounds. Then go down the steps to the backyard where you will see Dick's vegetable garden and Loraine's flower beds. If I were a plant in need of TLC I would hope Loraine would bring me home and nurse me to a winning specimen...ask her about her many "rehab" plants! Enjoy the birds, color and peace found in this beautiful garden.
The Rosarians’ Gardens
Irwin and Cindy Ehrenreich’s Rose Garden in Barnstable Village, has over 600 rose bushes and 20 Hydrangeas. The roses include Hybrid Teas, Floribunda, Grandiflora, English Roses, Climbers, Shrubs and Miniatures, and all are labeled. Enjoy seeing arbors, fences, trellises and ornaments. See stonewalls that compliment the historic house, a pergola, and a backyard pond. This garden has been featured in C.L. Fornari’s book “A Garden Lover’s Cape Cod”, Country Garden Magazine, Cape Cod Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens Rose Gardening, and on HGTV Gardens website and on N.E.C.N.’s New England Dream House. A charming landscape created by passionate gardeners.
This unassuming Cape Cod cottage has a secret...behind the traditional 1950 Cape is an oasis. Developed to be a retreat from busy lives, the pool area behind the cottage is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cape Cod. When the gardens were developed, the only requirements were to save the rhododendron and utilize "lots" of beautiful hydrangeas. Building off that base, Joanne Wallace has added the owner's favorite things... Daisies, Peonies, Brown-eyed Susans, and Roses, with many annuals added using her artistic license. In the owners' mind, only one word describes their garden: serenity.
The Original Cocktail Hour Garden
Dan and C.L. Fornari are pleased to open their flower-filled landscape on Lawrence Pond. Find ideas for dry gardens in the bed along the road. See the organic vegetable garden that provides most of their produce from June through December. Discover “Annual Alley” where different combinations of colorful annuals are planted every year. C.L.’s test garden contains the newest varieties of shrubs and perennials, and the front-door garden is filled with a mix of perennials, annuals and shrubs. Visit the rain garden, a magical stumpery, the large blueberry patch and the Cocktail Hour Garden that inspired C.L.’s latest book.
When Creative People Hit The Dirt!
BEF Garden Tour July 15th, 2016
Fabulous Flowers and Fish - Dennisport
John Sullivan's gardens started quite by accident. "Our property was covered by large shade trees, but Hurricane Bob changed all that. We lost 17 trees. By the time all the trees were cleared and stumps pulled, the yard looked like the dark side of the moon. I started replanting with small gardens around a newly planted tree. Then I expanded the gardens to included five waterfalls, three koi ponds and a triple layered garden. I chose plants by color, leaf shape and size." Come experience this 20-year work in progress/restful retreat that’s filled with water gardens and bold color.
A Labor of Love…Painting With Plants - Centerville
After purchasing this home ten years ago, Craig and Brenda Brodt had a vision. They wanted to build their own oasis for family and friends to enjoy. Together they cleared thirty trees and opened up the acre property to offer the perfect balance of lawns, ponds, gardens, a fire pit and an art studio. Seating was carefully placed for viewing, conversation, and your occasional respite. This landscape is filled with color, focal points, and creative design that can be enjoyed from both the indoors and out. Take the time to explore and enjoy a myriad of gardens in this artful setting.
Creating With Color - Sandwich
The Fornaris are pleased to open their flower-filled landscape on Lawrence Pond. Find ideas for dry gardens in the bed along the road. See the organic vegetable garden that provides most of their produce from June through December. Discover “Annual Alley” where different combinations of colorful annuals are planted every year. C.L.’s test garden contains the newest varieties of shrubs and perennials, and the front-door garden is filled with a mix of perennials, annuals and shrubs. Visit the rain garden, a magical stumpery, the large blueberry patch and the Cocktail Hour Garden that inspired C.L.’s latest book.
Thanks to all who made the 5K Run/Walk For Success just that...a great success!
The following businesses sponsored this race and are greatly responsible for the success of this fundraiser. We hope you will join us in telling them "Thank you" for helping the children in the Barnstable Public Schools.
Barnstable PatriotBeard ChevroletBen and Jerry'sCape Cod Broadcast Media Cape Cod Custom FloorsCape Cod Media Group Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Custom Quality ConstructionDirty Water Fabric LoftHanlon's Shoes Hyannis ToyotaMerrill LynchNot Your Average Joe's PID AnalyzersPalmer/Curtiss Group Premier Commercial The following businesses donated prizes for our race. They have our sincere appreciation. 1856 Country Store Barnstable Police Department Cape Cod Chocolatier Cape Cod Maritime Museum Cooke's Seafood Fitness 500
Four Seas Ice Cream Hyannis Harbor Hawks
JFK Museum Jordan's Furniture Lambert's Fruit Pinocchio Pizza Ryan Family Amusement Spanky's Clam Shack Wimpy's Seafood Restaurant
We hope to see you in the lovely gardens of Cape Cod during the next Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival in 2016.
You can learn more about the festival by visiting the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Hydrangea Fest site.
This is but a small part of the My Dream garden!
THANK YOU to the following generous people for opening their gardens during the 2015 Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival!
Nancy Pratt-Hellwig and Mark Hellwig
Barbara and Noel Spillane
Dan and C.L. Fornari
Don and Phyllis Helfrich
Helen McVeigh and Bobby Hallstein
Irwin and Cindy Ehrenreich
Jane Boyle and Michael Galonska
Bob Violetta and Mairead Hickey
The Cape Cod Organic Farm
Future Fundraiser in November
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