Heritage Museums & Gardens, home to the most comprehensive collection of hydrangeas in the country, will celebrate its annual Hydrangea Festival from July 12 through 21.
The annual festival offers special programs to engage everyone, from novice to avid gardeners. Visitors can learn from horticultural experts, explore the North American Hydrangea Test Garden, and participate in activities related to Cape Cod’s signature plant. Arbella Insurance Foundation will provide participants with a free pair of branded gardening gloves while supplies last.
Hydrangea Festival programs include a daily hydrangea basics walk and talk, several chances to participate in a hydrangea pruning discussion, a talk titled “All Things h. macrophylla-Getting to Know Our Favorite Species Better” offered on July 14, 17 and 20; and a talk titled “Unsung Hydrangea Stars” on July 15, 18 and 21.
A book signing will take place on Saturday, July 20, with Joan Harrison, author of “Heavenly Hydrangeas.”
Hydrangea University, a partnership between Heritage and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, will take place Friday, July 12, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Participants can learn from hydrangea experts and “graduate” with a hydrangea plant to take home. Registration is recommended for Hydrangea University. Admission to Heritage is included with registration.
The Standard Flower Show, a major flower show presented annually at Heritage by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Southeastern District’s garden clubs and its award-winning Design & Horticulture Study Group, will take place Tuesday, July 16, from 1 to 5 PM; and the next two days from 10 AM to 5 PM. This year’s show, “Celebrating Our Bountiful Heritage,” will feature creative floral designs, educational displays, and more. The show is free with museum admission.
Details on the Hydrangea Festival can be found on the museum’s website.