A major reason for visiting Cape Cod is to experience its beautiful gardens. Here, blossoms soak up the sunshine and sea spray to display a vibrant variety of color, texture, scent, and design. July is Cape Cod’s most prolific flowering time and the Falmouth Garden Club is offering three beautiful “hydrangea” gardens for public viewing during the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival. On Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9, from 10 AM to 4 PM, these private gardens are open to the public to stroll through and experience each owner’s personal design creativity. Admission for each garden is $5 cash, paid at the gateway to each garden with proceeds going to the myriad community projects sponsored by the club

A description of each garden follows to pique your interest. A Ballymeade Estates member living at 95 Cairn Ridge Road welcomes visitors with a huge flagpole and displayed American flag to honor all veterans, and, in particular, the resident Marine. This site features a combination of hardscape stone paths, a fountain feature, and interesting trellises. Myriad trees and flowering shrubs create a peaceful zen-like landscape. Specimens include 18 types of Japanese maples, ginkgos, weeping Norway spruce, dogwoods, fothergilla, Japanese snowball, in addition to hydrangea, inkberry, and many varieties of boxwoods.

Close by at 421 Wild Harbor Road, North Falmouth, a third-generation property boasts front, side, and back award-winning gardens. The front garden is a cottage garden bordered by boxwood featuring astilbe, roses, feverfew, and primrose. The side garden is home to a boathouse converted to a guest cottage that is surrounded by woodland gardens, meandering paths and a cozy firepit. The backyard kitchen garden provides bounty and beauty in the form of flowers, vegetables, fruits, and herbs. A honeybee hive sits just beyond this garden.

Down the road, West Falmouth offers a special garden tucked away off Route 28A at 819 West Falmouth Highway. Arriving at this garden visitors will find a hidden gem designed by Billy Bourne with entertaining in mind. The property boasts a fountain in front, a cozy firepit in back accented by subtle outdoor lighting. This setting is a shade garden inviting visitors to relax in a cool, quiet, comfortable space, sip a beverage and read a book or chat with friends and family.

Each garden is owned and maintained by a member of the Falmouth Garden Club.

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