July 10-11, 2024 | Hydrangea Festival Garden Tours | Orleans MA

CCHA Orleans Garden Tours

Mark your calendar for July 10 & 11, 2024 and tour three gardens in Orleans as part of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival. Gardens tours run from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.

Tickets are $5.00 per garden, payable in cash at each garden.

All proceeds go toward the CCHA $1M pledge for Cancer Services at Cape Cod Hospital.

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival Website

Orleans Gardens supporting CCHA

#1 Terra Firma Ecological Solutions
Climate-Wise Ecological Design in action leads to robust native meadowscapes, terraces and rain gardens. All roof, road and hillside runoff is captured and purified in deep organic “hugel terraces” and rock gardens brimming with native, pollinator-friendly, multistory perennials, trees, shrubs, lawns and groundcovers that thrive 24/7/365 without irrigation or fertilizer. Come enjoy the breathtaking views of Pilgrim Lake from this 1790 farmhouse nestled on a hill overlooking a vibrant wildlife habitat. Information about Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod will be available at this location.

#2 Around Every Corner
Inspired by Swedish and English cottage gardens where plants and shrubs are planted close to each other — giving it a relaxed, overgrown, romantic cottage look, the owners of this garden have spent 30 years designing, building and maintaining the garden. Each area of the garden has its distinct purpose. An outdoor shower is hidden by climbing hydrangeas. A sauna with beds of Hostas and a Hot tub is tucked amid flowers. Two raised stone kitchen gardens were built by the front door for easy access to greens, flowers and a few herbs. There is a chicken coop with a run for the chickens to free range. There is also a free-form wildflower meadow. Enclosed vegetable beds with a sitting area and raised beds for growing flowers are outlined with blooming shrubs. Another section hosts currants, gooseberry, blueberries, elderberries and a young Quince tree. The compost area is used to grow pumpkins and serves as a nursery where seedlings and young plants are started before they are moved into the perennial beds. An asparagus bed was recently added. Next to the potting shed is a pergola with gourds and climbing wisteria covering the root cellar. At the front of the property, terraced stonework beds were designed and planted with evergreens, blooming shrubs, annuals and perennials. We will be selling crafts at this location. 

#3 HEAVEN is a little closer IN A COTTAGE BY THE SEA
A short walk takes you to the end of the road where plantings along the property’s fence invite you to stop and take a look.  Mature Holly bushes, Rose of Sharon, Rhododendron, plus an unusual oak tree are what the owners started with when they bought a small cottage. Around the property you see areas of Hydrangeas, Lilies, Hostas, Roses and Peonies — a wonderful array of Cape Cod plants.  Custom stonework by the owner enhances these areas.  A stand-alone shower is a focal point in the backyard and is another showcase for plants.  As you leave, you can see “Grammy’s Rock”, a favorite photo spot for the grandchildren.

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