For the third year, gardeners across Cape Cod will ring in the summer season with the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, happening July 7-16, 2017. Not just a celebration for the region’s signature bloom, the genus hydrangea, this event encompasses plants of all kinds.
The main attraction across the 10-day festival are tours of local gardens, usually kept off-limits and only maintained by individual homeowners throughout the year. Tours of these unique private spaces are $5 per person per garden, and every garden is paired with a benefiting nonprofit organization which receives 100% of the proceeds. With over 80 gardens open during the 2016 festival more than $52,000 was raised for twenty local nonprofits – funds which will directly support educational programming for children, a local food and clothing pantry, and construction of a new library building, to name a few.
Any Cape Cod based nonprofit organization is welcome to join the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival. Opportunities exist for nonprofits to join with local gardeners to create a tour. Area businesses are also welcome to host hydrangea- or plant-related lectures, workshops and demonstrations, or perhaps offer a discount to Hydrangea Festival participants. Restaurants and bars can also join the Hydrangea Festival Cocktail Trail, sponsored by Cape Cod Beer.
Those interested in participating or learning more about the Third Annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival are invited to attend an informational session, February 13th at 3:30 pm at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce offices, located at 5 Patti Page Way, Centerville, MA 02632. Local nonprofits, businesses and garden owners should contact [email protected] to join the festival and receive timely updates over the upcoming months.