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By Mary Lhowe
The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival will bloom for the sixth year this summer, inviting flower lovers to tour private gardens, see plein air artists at work, and hear lectures and Q-and-A sessions from expert horticulturalists.
The festival runs from July 10 to 19 online and at gardens in the towns of Centerville, Brewster, Falmouth, Sandwich, Marstons Mills, Barnstable, Eastham, and more!
The festival’s website has links to the day-by-day schedules of private gardens that will be open to the public, for a fee of $5 person at the gate for each 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.
The daily schedules describe the gardens to be open, and also name the local nonprofit organization to which the day’s tour earnings will be donated. Some of the nonprofits chosen to receive the donations are the Sturgis Library, Cape Cod Synagogue Food Pantry and Independence House, Barnstable Historical Society, Brewster Garden Club, and others.
A sample of just one of the private gardens on the tour tells visitors: “…See why this garden was recently featured in Country Garden Magazine. You will discover an outdoor fairy garden, new gnome and pocket gardens, and the Bodacious Cutting Garden, filled with dahlias, perennials and annuals.… Take photos of water features and you-can-do-this-too garden rooms, plus many handmade birdhouses.”
In addition to touring private gardens, the festival presents virtual workshops and lectures by expert horticulturalists, offers promotions at nurseries and home centers, and includes virtual classes on topics like hydrangea pruning.
Special events include:
Virtual Hydrangea Happy Hour with C.L. Fornari — C.L. will talk about new varieties of the plant and answer questions that people may submit via chat. 5-6 p.m. Register.
Virtual Hydrangea University — Heritage Museums & Gardens hosts expert discussion. Registration for the webinar includes is admission to all of Heritage Museums & Gardens on any day during the festival. Webinar participants may take home a hydrangea plant, Tuff tuff Ah-Ha. Advance registration is required, and plant stock is limited. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Virtual Hydrangea Festival Session By C.L. Fornari — C.L. Fornari is a speaker, writer, radio talk show host and gardening consultant. She will present a virtual session highlighting Hydrangea Festivals of the past. 4 p.m. Register
Hydrangea Festival at Highfield Hall & Gardens in Falmouth — Join an informal garden walk and talk about hydrangeas and gardening. Register. 10 a.m.-noon
Hydrangea Festival at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich – Enjoy many activities and programming online and through social media. Visit Heritage’s gardens, including the North American Hydrangea Test Garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society’s superb Display Garden. Pick up or download self-guided tour to learn about all the species and hydrangeas and other flowering plants.
Hydrangea Fest at the Hyannis Hyarts Artist Shanties in Hyannis – The shanties will bloom with specials and fun activities. Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Download PDFs of the Private Garden Tour Schedules
Open gardens on Friday, July 10
Open gardens on Saturday, July 11
Open gardens on Sunday, July 12
Open gardens on Monday, July 13
Open gardens on Tuesday, July 14
Open gardens on Wednesday, July 15
Open gardens on Thursday, July 16
Open gardens on Friday, July 17
Open gardens on Saturday, July 18
Open gardens on Sunday, July 19