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Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival

July 5 - July 14

Sandwich Arts Alliance’s featured events at the

July 5 through 14, details at capecodchamber.org

C.L. Fornari’s Private Garden Tour

Tuesday, July 9, 10 am to 4 pm

Admission: $5 per person, address provided at purchase, supports Sandwich Arts Alliance

Recognized as the “Garden Lady of Cape Cod,” C.L. Fornari has one of the most visited gardens during the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival. As a Master Gardener, she has written many books, including Sand & Soil: Creating Beautiful Gardens on Cape Cod and the Islands, A Garden Lover’s Cape Cod, and The Cape Cod Garden. Here is a message from C.L. who will be onsite to greet you and answer questions as you roam through the beautifully landscaped gardens on Lawrence Pond. “I’m a plant geek who fell into garden communications because of my desire to introduce others to the joys of plants and gardening. My garden path led me into becoming a writer, speaker and radio host and I’m working on a second novel.”

Diane and Frank Dileo’s Private Garden Tour

Tuesday, July 9, 10 am to 4 pm

Admission: $5 per person

address provided at purchase

Proceeds support Sandwich Arts Alliance

See what happened when an English country woman and a ‘rock loving’ Italian gentleman designed and created an exquisitely-landscaped property.  The topography of Diane and Frank Dileo’s gardens flows with flowering plants and shrubs, changing with the seasons, all positioned to capture the sun.  Don’t miss the ambiance and the romance of their hidden al fresco sitting areas. Embracing their family heritage in the love for gardening and stonework, Diane and Frank will be on site sharing their story and answering questions.

r The gardens at Diane and Frank Dileo’s Sandwich property, courtesy image

Hydrangea Festival Historic Walking Tour ~ Sandwich Village Historic Homes & Gardens

Wednesday, July 10, 10 am to 4 pm

Tickets: $25 per person

Join Sandwich Arts Alliance on a fascinating walking tour of Sandwich Village showpiece historic houses and buildings, each with a beautiful view. Pick up a map at the Sandwich Arts Alliance, located in the community’s prior 1834 Town Hall. While there, view the restored ballroom, and continue into the yards of featured homes where costumed docents will greet visitors.  Stroll around the ancient miller’s house sold by John Dexter in 1699 to Seth Pope, Esq., purchased for his son.  Bendora, a gorgeous and fanciful Carpenter’s Gothic Victorian (Painted Lady) with beautiful gardens was built by Ben Bartley upon his 1888 marriage to Dora Newcomb.  An impressive 1850 Victorian mansion built by Edward Swann is accessed through beach stone arches to a porte-cochere where guests alighted from carriages. The John Jarves house is surrounded by extensive plantings, secreted by a hedge. Contemplate a 1972 home on Shawme Pond, charmingly sited with views of swans and geese. Its owner illustrated the cover of “Fur, Feathers, Scales, and Tails,” a book about pets published by SAA.  Meet Bob King and Tobin Wirt, millers at Dexter’s 1654 gristmill.  Tour the Hoxie House, built for Rev. John Smith in 1675.  Visit the Sandwich Glass Museum, and the artists painting on the green across from SAA. Plan a delightful day in historic Sandwich Village –  a day you will always remember.

Plein Air in the Park

Wednesday, July 10, 11 am to 4 pm

Mill Creek Park, 135 Main Street, Sandwich, admission is free

Sandwich Arts Alliance’s Plein Air Painters create interpretive works of art of the Historic District live at easels in Mill Creek Park. Watch as they sketch the scene, and paint in acrylics, oils, watercolors, or create with colored pencils. Ask questions and browse the artists’ finished works, available for purchase on site.