Saturday, August 1, 2015

Gardens on the Personal Spaces of Master Gardeners Tour

garden tour map

Gardens of the Upper Cape  (click on a name to go directly to garden description)
    C.L. and Dan Fornari, Sandwich
    Jan and George Kasper, Sandwich
    Eleanor and Bill Kopp, E. Falmouth
    Sally Moore, Mashpee 
Gardens of the Mid Cape
    Joyce and Roger Jenks, S. Yarmouth
    Sharon Oudemool, E. Harwich
    Pamela Phipps, S. Yarmouth
     Dave Rogers, Brewster
Gardens of the Lower Cape
    Sheila and Randy Garry, Eastham
    Mary Lou Roberts, Eastham
    Polly Grant, Truro

All Gardens Open Monday, July 13  10am - 4pm      Rain or Shine

Admission $5 cash  at the garden gate

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Poison Ivy Acres

Come see what happens when a plant geek (C.L.) and the Energizer Bunny (Dan) purchase 2 1⁄2 acres
hydrangea border
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.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Rambling Through Nature on Cape Cod

Welcome to the two-acre property of Jan and George Kasper where wildflowers, shade, and sun-loving gardens have been blended into the natural landscape. Several perennial beds feature day lilies and daisies with attractive varieties of hosta throughout. The vegetable garden with its unusual 'Tromboncino' squash is an abundant producer of asparagus, dill and pickling cucumbers; raspberries and blueberries also thrive. Don't miss the clematis arbor, pink Kousa dogwoods, the climbing Hydrangea petiolaris and the vibrant stained glass stepping stones created by the Kaspers.  Other stunning hydrangeas to look for are: 'Penny Mac,' 'Nikko Blue,''Endless Summer,' lace cap 'Twist-n-Shout,'and a tree Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora.' Enjoy a stroll through the wooded grounds or down the hill to Lower Hog Pond. 

Directions to 6 Aviators Lane, Sandwich. 
Take exit 3 off Route 6 and drive south on Quaker Meetinghouse Rd about 2 miles.  Turn left at the intersection (traffic light) onto Cotuit Road.  Take the 2nd left onto Farmersville Road (~ 1./4 mile) and drive about 1 1/2 miles to Boardley Rd.  Right onto Boardley Rd and then a fairly quick left onto Aviators Lane.  Park anywhere along Aviators Lane; 6 Aviators Lane  is located directly at the end of the street.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Peaceful Sanctuary for all Seasons

trumpet vine pergola

A garden on Cape Cod becomes a tranquil haven for the seasons as flower borders, shrubs, butterflies and hummingbirds create a place to reflect, contemplate and enjoy. Vines scramble over a pergola and a picturesque potting shed. A variety of other structures, stone patios and vegetable beds capture the eye. The garden owner can give details about many interesting trees and shrubs planted throughout the property. Hydrangeas including ‘Snow Queen’,  ‘Pinky Winky’, ‘Quick Fire’ will enhance your tour of this serene and relaxing garden.

Directions to 154 Ostrom Road, Falmouth
Follow Rte 28 to Mashpee Rotary and continue on Rte 28 for 2 ½ miles until the Gulf Station is on your left. Take left onto Metoxit and follow until you have Waquoit Bay on your right. Take an immediate left after you go over bridge to Ostrom Rd. House is 3rd on right. Parking will be on street.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

A Challenging Property Becomes a Beautiful Space

terraced garden
The prolific garden of Sally and Randy Moore features perennials, shrubs and many decorative trees and junipers. The right side garden is vibrant with three hydrangeas--Hydrangea serrata, Hydrangea macrophylla 'Quick Fire', and a reblooming 'Blue Jangles'. Hydrangeas also frame the left side garden and include 'Nikko Blue,' 'Penny Mac', 'Bloom Struck,' another reblooming variety. Look for 'Venice' and 'Blue Doneau,' a gorgeous blue mop head.  Other garden attractions include a waterfall which forms the centerpiece of a back yard garden which has evolved over ten years. Selecting shrubs and perennials that would thrive in the sandy soil, hot afternoon sun and dry conditions was the main challenge faced by these avid gardeners.

Directions to 11 Notre Dame Lane, Mashpee. 
From Rte. 6, take exit 2 and travel south on Rte 130. In 1.6 miles, take a left on Cotuit Rd. Travel 2.5 miles and take a right on Pimlico Pond Rd. In .4 miles take the 2nd right on Notre Dame Ln. Turn around in the cul de sac and park on the right side of the street. 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Gardener and The Birder

hydrangea border
These lush gardens were designed and are tended by Master Gardener Joyce Jenks and her husband Roger, an avid birder and woodcarver. Marvel at over 90 hydrangeas including mopheads and lacecaps, Annabelles, oakleafs and PeeGees, along with an unusual pink climbing hydrangea.  Relax on comfortable garden benches and view ferns, hostas, and other colorful foliage plants while Roger describes birds attracted to the birdbaths and feeders.  Walk stone paths past the blooms of daylilies and perennials.  Joyce will share her thoughts for creating lowest maintenance, manageable gardening with plants chosen for their difficult combination of sand and clay soil.  These gardens have been continuously created since the Jenks retired to their property seven short years ago.  Hand-painted hydrangea shell ornaments and hand-carved hydrangea pins will be offered for sale.

Directions to 145 Captain Noyes Road, South Yarmouth  
From Route 6 take exit 8 and head south toward Station Avenue.  Turn right at the second set of lights onto Old Townhouse Road.  Drive a mile to set of lights and take a left onto Forest Road.  Drive a mile to Captain Noyes Road on the left. #145 is the sixth house on the left, corner of Captain Stanley Road.  Ample parking on Captain Stanley Road.

Joyce titled this current view "Come, sit" in her beautiful garden. Good advice for July 13!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

A Quintessential Cape Cod Family Garden

This acre lot hosts a charming mix of natural, low maintenance plantings and more formal beds grouped around the house. Hardscape is used to produce a series of oases among the flower beds.

japanese inspired garden

Visitors are invited to sit, relax and enjoy the sound of water spilling down a cascade of rocks brought by the owners from the Catskill Mt. in New York State. In 2014 the owners constructed a Japanese-influenced setting that adds to the tranquility of this space. Here you can listen as more water tumbles over the sides of an Asian garden stool. Drink in the peace and beauty of this garden space and appreciate what the owners have created from the poison ivy and cat briar woods they purchased in 2000. 

Directions to148 Kendrick Road, East Harwich.  
Kendrick Road runs between Church Street and Pleasant Bay Road.  Coming from exit 11 on the mid-cape highway take Pleasant Bay Road almost to the end. Just before Pleasant Bay Rd. meets Rte 28 opposite the Wequasett Resort take the right fork and make an immediate right turn onto Kendrick.  148 is the second house on the right.  Street parking is allowed on the right side of the road.
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