Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival July 7th – 15th

Hydrangea Festival

July 8, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival returns, celebrating the iconic plant that makes Cape Cod so stunning in July. See our expanded Hydrangea Display Garden, go to workshops, book signings, and plant sales, and tour the garden, which includes over 150 spectacular species and cultivars.

All Hydrangea Festival events are free with Museum admission. No advance registration required.

Hydrangea Festival Daily Walking Tours
Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 17: 11-11:30 am and 2-2:30 pm
Join tour guides for 30-minute walking tours, exploring historic species and cultivars and reblooming modern varieties.

Hydrangea Pruning Discussion
Sunday, July 10: 1-1:45 pm
Wednesday, July 13: 10-10:45 am
Saturday, July 16: Noon-12:45 pm
Join the Heritage Horticulture staff to learn how to selectively prune your plants to improve vigor, increase bloom density, control height, and enhance ornamental value. Discuss the tools, techniques, and timing needed for effective pruning, and watch a demonstration of pinch pruning.

Heavenly Hydrangeas Book Signing with author Joan Harrison
Saturday July 9: 1-2 pm
Learn tips and tricks for growing beautiful hydrangeas from author Joan Harrison during this one-hour walking tour, with a book sale and signing featuring Joan and her popular book, Heavenly Hydrangeas. Joan is the founding president of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society.

Hydrangea Care Walk and Talk
Sunday, July 10: 11-11:45 am
Monday, July 11: 1-1:45 pm
Friday, July 15: 10-10:45 am
Heritage Horticulture staff share the basics of how to maintain and care for hydrangeas, including discussions and demonstrations of ideal growing situations, watering, fertilizing, and mulching.

Hydrangea Pests and Disease Control Walking Tour
Thursday, July 14: 1-1:45 pm
Walk the gardens with Mal Condon, Heritage’s Hydrangea Curator, to learn about the pests and disease issues that most commonly affect hydrangeas. Learn how Heritage uses a more sustainable approach to control pest problems.

Exploring The North American Hydrangea Test Garden
Saturday, July 9: 10-10:45 am
Thursday, July 14: 10-10:45 am
Sunday, July 17: 1-1:45 pm
Hydrangea plantings at Heritage are expanding! Over the next five years, Heritage will work with partners to create the most complete hydrangea collection in the U.S. This trial-and-demonstration garden for newly developed hydrangeas is being designed to feature diverse plants showcasing the research, breeding, and introduction programs currently underway in the industry. Come learn more about this exciting initiative!

Hydrangea Colors
Friday, July 15: Noon-12:30 pm
Everyone wants to know how to achieve the blushing pinks and deep blues of these beautiful blooms! Learn how soil types, fertilizer choices, and pH control additives can bring out the brightest hues in your plants. Watch a demonstration of techniques, and leave knowing how to alter your home soil’s chemistry for a more vibrant hydrangea blooms in your garden.

Hydrangeas for Every Garden
Tuesday, July 12: 1:30-2:15 pm
Sunday, July 17: 10-10:45 am
Take a walking tour through the Heritage Hydrangea Display Garden and learn how specific hydrangeas provide benefits for various situations and landscapes. You will also gain knowledge about hydrangeas for containers; hydrangeas of more modest size for foundation plantings; hydrangeas for cold climates, for cutting, for drying, and for sunny gardens or more shady locations. Bring your questions to this interactive discussion.

Cape Cod Entertainment Style

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Some Cape Cod Trivia For Your Reading Pleasure

Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Potato Chips | Flickr - Photo Sharing!                 
  Cranberry bog on Cape Cod
Oyster beds in Cape Cod. Oyster Beds in Cape Cod

Do you know how Cape Cod became famous for Oysters, Cranberries and Potato Chips?  Here’s a little trivia for your reading pleasure:

Jonathan Swift once observed, “It was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” Yet the concept of eating raw seafood has existed among primitives forever. One wonders how our ancestors discerned the briny, delicious delight that lies inside tightly closed oyster shells. Seafood lovers gratefully pay homage to that brave soul who “first ate an oyster” every time they down a couple of dozen on the half shell. Wellfleet fishermen produce and harvest oysters famous throughout the world. The taste is unique because of the water flow, and an abundance of nutrients, minerals, and fresh water intrusion. Oysters are at their plumpest and sweetest in months with an “r” in it. They spawn in the months without an R, May through August, and reach their flavorful height by late October. Wellfleet Oysters are prized by chefs the world over for their delicacy and sweetness. Millionaire railroad tycoon ‘Diamond Jim’ Brady would often just have to have these for a mid-morning snack—and no other oysters would do. The town incorporated into the Town of Wellfleet in 1763 and is claimed to be the namesake of the Wellfleet (or Wallfleet), England, another town renowned for its oysters (oysters still are an important commodity to this Cape town). The town has been famous for Wellfleet Oysters ever since these tickled Champlain’s Gallic taste buds in 1606 (Champlain christened Wellfleet Port aux Huitres—literally “port of the oysters”). Wellfleeters and gourmands happily agree that these choice shellfish are the most fragrant and sweetest of all oysters. There is a Wellfleet Oyster Weekend in October each year. Activities include an oyster shucking contest, raw bar, live auction, live music, road races, arts and crafts and more.

Cape Cod Potato Chips—some say the world’s BEST. Each chip is hand-cooked and -inspected before packaging and shipping to stores all over the globe.

To its credit, cultivation of cranberries in bogs originated in Dennis on Cape Cod. In 1815, retired Dennis sea captain Henry Hall observed that wild cranberries seemed to flourish in areas where the sand blew over them. He is widely considered to be the first individual replicating such conditions as a preferred way to cultivate the tart berries. Once a whaling port, Harwich went on to pioneer the cranberry industry in 1846 and it was in this small town that the first commercial cranberry bogs in the nation were established. Harwich is still a leading grower of cranberries because of its ideal soil conditions and extended growing season. The cranberry is now Massachusetts’ leading agricultural product.

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