Category Archives: Parks and Nature

Rhododendron Festival 2017 at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich MA

The 2017 Rhododendron Festival returns to Heritage museum Saturday, May 27 2017 to Sunday June 4th   Sandwich MA  festival

Rhododendrons are Heritage’s signature plant and seeing over 100 varieties of rhodies in bloom is one of the year’s most stunning sights. During our Rhododendron festival, guests and their families will enjoy peaceful walks surrounded by majestic flowers, learn more about Heritage’s storied rhododendron legacy, participate in activities with horticulture experts, and take one of these signature plants home with you from the special plant sale. Come to Heritage and celebrate these wonderful plants and their spectacular beauty with us.

No advance registration required.
Daily Rhododendron Collection Walking Tour
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, June 4
11-11:30 am and 2-2:30 pm
Meet at the Parade Field
Take a deep dive into the world of rhododendrons. Discover how the work done here by two hybridizers – Charles Dexter and Jack Cowles – contributed to the genus Rhododendron and created the plants we love today. Guides will select the most spectacular spots for viewing these stunning plants. No advance registration required. Free with museum admission.

Rhododendron Pruning Demonstration
Sunday, May 28 – 1-1:45 pm
Thursday, June 1 – 1-1:45 pm
Saturday, June 3 – 10-10:45 am
Join the 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 techniques on various plants along a walk through the garden. Free with museum admission.

Rhododendron Care Walk and Talk
Saturday, May 27 – 10-10:45 am
Tuesday, May 30 – 1-1:45 pm
Friday, June 2 – 10-10:45 am
Sunday, June 4 – 10-10:45 am
Heritage’s horticulture staff will share the basics of how to maintain and care for your rhododendrons. Included are demonstrations of ideal growing situations, watering, fertilizing, mulching, pest control, and demonstrations of pruning, bud-pinching, and dead-heading to encourage optimal health and beauty. Free with museum admission.

Heritage Museums & Gardens 508-888-3300

Admission

Adults, 12+: $18
Children, ages 3-11 years: $8
Children 2 years and under: Free

info@heritagemuseums.org
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

Blue Claw Seal Watch Adventure and Boat Tours in Orleans MA

Join  Blue Claw Boat Tours  for a memory making adventure for the whole family. Our fully narrated 1 hour 45 minute Seal Watch Adventure Cruises are filled with humor and historical facts including stories of Pilgrims, Pirates, Seals, Sharks, Shipwrecks and Buried Treasure. Our three sea blue Coast Guard certified boats carry the whole family in comfort to visit Seal Blue Claw Seal Watch Adventure and Boat Tours in Orleans MAColonies, Beachcomb on an island, view a Sunset and Full Moon or enjoy a Private Custom Cruise tailored just for you. We’ve also added some Special Spring cruises to those hidden spots in Orleans that are enjoyed best by water. All of our tours are in Bay and Harbor waters, suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Cape Cod SEAL WATCH ADVENTURE CRUISE
Our Seal Cruise takes you on a sightseeing adventure as you travel  from Orleans to Chatham Harbor to view the seal colony. Cruising along you will encounter islands, salt marshes, birds and the dunes   of the Cape Cod National Seashore. You will hear stories of pilgrims
and pirates, seals, sharks and shipwrecks. We also offer a special SEALS at SUNSET cruise.

BEACHCOMBER EXPEDITION and SEAL TOUR
Our very popular combination seal cruise and beachcombing  expedition takes you to view the seals in their habitat, then drops you off on an island to beachcomb, collect shells and explore a
beautiful barrier beach

SUNSET CRUISE
Relax and enjoy the splendor of a Cape Cod evening aboard one of
our boats as it glides along the River to Little Pleasant Bay

Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days 2017 in Falmouth MA

Daffodil Days will be held at Spohr Gardens in Falmouth MA on 2 Saturday, April 22 & 29th  10am-4pm. Experience the sheer beauty of thousands of daffodils. Free admission, donations accepted.

Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days 2017 in Falmouth MA

April 22
10 – 4 Master Gardeners will answer your questions
OPET Table with plans for the WHOI property

April 29
10 – 4 Master Gardeners will answer your questions
OPET Table with plans for the WHOI property

Girl Scout Troop 62003 will have information
on their butterfly project at the gardens

Music will fill the gardens:
10 – 12 Falmouth Academy String Octet

1 – 2
Falmouth Fiddlers
Spohr Gardens
45 Fells Rd.
Falmouth, MA 02540

 

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival 2016 in Sandwich MA

the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival returns, at the Hertigage Garden & Museum    celebrating the iconic plant that makes Cape Cod so stunning in July. See the  expanded Hydrangea Display Garden, go to workshops, book signings, and plant sales, and tour the garden, which includes over 150 spectacular species and cultivars. 13439103_10154258542015429_8228805663848005516_n

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.

Heritage Museums & Gardens 508-888-3300 info@heritagemuseums.org
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

Monomoy Island Excursions in Harwichport MA

Monomoy Island Excursions is a family owned and operated business in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachussets. For over 10 years we’ve been taking people out to Monomoy, a barrier island and wildlife refuge off the coast of Chatham, MA, where thousands of seals have made their home.

seal

While seals are the main attraction on our cruise, there is a lot more to see! We visit Wychmere Harbor, in Harwich Port. This is one of the most scenic harbors on the Cape! We also stop in to Stage Harbor in Chatham, where you get a close up view of Stage Harbor Lighthouse, and can catch a glimpse of Chatham Lighthouse. Not to mention the combination of large yachts, small sailboats, and various fishing boats that fill each harbor. You get a real taste of the sea life on Nantucket Sound.
We run seal cruises several times a day, generally lasting 1 1/2 hours. While we see lots of harbor seals and gray seals, Monomoy is also home to hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. There is a trained naturalist on board who narrates the tour and can answer questions about the wildlife as well as the history of the island and the historic  Monomoy Lighthouse.

Check out the current pricing 

508-430-7772 702 Route 28, Harwich Port, MA 02646

Cape Cod Maritime Days 2016

Join us in May 2016 for the 23rd Annual Cape Cod Maritime Days, a celebration of the Cape’s rich maritime history!Cape Cod Maritime Days 2016

The month-long event showcases a variety of Cape-wide maritime-themed activities, including guided kayak excursions, lighthouse & walking tours, nautical art exhibits, the 20th Annual Cape Cod Martime History Symposium at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on May 21st, and more.

Click here for a line-up of events and activities.

Cape Cod’s maritime heritage is legendary. Come, hear and experience this wonderful lore at Cape Cod Maritime Days! See why this annual event was designated one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association.

Sponsored by Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Commission and Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

Highlights include

Chatham Light Tours: May 4 and May 18

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – 1:00pm to Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 3:30pm
Chatham Lighthouse, Shore Road, Chatham

Centerville Historical Walk

Saturday, May 7, 2016 -9:30am to 10:30am
Park at Centerville Library, 585 Main Street, Centerville

Quest to Save the Seas Lecture at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street, Brewster

HyArts Shanties on Hyannis Harbor Open for the Season

Friday, May 13, 2016 to Monday, October 10, 2016
Ocean Street, Hyannis
Click here for a line-up of events and activities.

Highland Lighthouse Tours in North Truro MA

A visit to Cape Cod National Seashore isn’t complete until you’ve visited the historic Highland Light in North Truro. The 69-step climb up a narrow staircase rewards visitors with spectacular views of Cape Cod and beyond. On a clear day views extend more than 20 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and bay of Cape Cod. To ensure the safety of all visitors, the minimum height requirement to climb the lighthouse is 48″.Highland Lighthouse Tours in North Truro MA

History of the Lighthouse 

Highland Light Station, also known as Cape Cod Light, is located on Outer Cape Cod within Cape Cod National Seashore in North Truro. Commissioned by George Washington and established in 1797 as the 20th light station in the United States, the original 45-foot tall wooden tower and keeper’s dwelling were built more than 500 feet from the edge of a 125-foot-tall clay cliff. A new brick lighthouse was erected near the original tower in 1831. The present 66-foot-tall brick light tower, keeper’s house, and generator shed replaced the previous structures in 1857. An enclosed walkway connects the tower and the one-and-one-half-story, L-shaped, Queen-Anne-style keeper’s dwelling.

Erosion of the steep cliff throughout the years brought the present light station around 100 feet from the cliff’s edge by the early 1990s. Using funds raised by the Truro Historical Society combined with state and Federal grants, Highland Light Station was successfully moved 450 feet back to safer ground. After the 18-day move, the light was relit on November 3, 1996, and is an active aid to navigation. Today, the keeper’s house features a gift shop and museum exhibits and a dedicated staff provides tours of the tower.

 

2017 Lighthouse tours

 

April 17 through April 23: Lighthouse Climbs 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

April 24 through May 26: Lighthouse Climbs weekdays 12PM to 4 PM and weekends 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

May 27 through October 29: Lighthouse Climbs 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

Must be 48″ tall to climb lighthouse.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for students and seniors
$1 off with an admission ticket from the Highland House Museum

 

 

\Highland Lighthouse, 27 Highland Light Road, North Truro

Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days 2016 in Falmouth MA

Daffodil Days will be held at  Spohr Gardens in Falmouth MA  on  2  Saturday, April 23 &  30 10am-4pm.   Experience the sheer beauty of thousands of daffodils.Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days 2016 in Falmouth MA

Free admission, donations accepted.

Face painting, ventriloquist, wishing tree, quilt raffle, guided tours and sale table.

4/23: Live music by the Falmouth Academy String Quartet from 10am to 12pm and the Falmouth Fiddlers from 1pm-2pm
4/30: Soil testing by the Master Gardeners from 10am to 4pm

Spohr Gardens
45 Fells Rd.
Falmouth, MA 02540

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival 2015

The first annual  Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is happening July 10-19, 2015 as a celebration of the region’s blue, pink, and white signature flowers! Enjoy tours daily of private gardens never before opened to the public, with each garden’s proceeds benefiting a nonprofit organization.

Garden tours are $5 per person per garden, and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available online or using cash at each garden’s entrance. All garden tours are RAIN OR SHINE and NONREFUNDABLE –  all proceeds to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

Browse the gardens listed below or click to view all Hydrangea Festival events.

Once you know how many gardens you wish to visit, purchase that many tickets by clicking here.  

Garden tours benefit the following organizations:

Friday July 10, 2015

Saturday July 11, 2015

Sunday July 12, 2015

Monday July 13, 2015

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Wednesday July 15, 2015

Thursday July 16, 2015

Friday July 17, 2015

Saturday July 18, 2015

Sunday July 19, 2015

July 10-19, 2015

All events with an asterisk (*) have separate pricing.

Day 334 Cranberry Blossom Festival 2014 in Wareham MA

The A.D. Makepeace Company will host the second annual Cranberry Blossom Festival on Saturday, June 28, featuring a grower-guided tour of cranberry bogs in bloom and much more.

The Cranberry Blossom Festival is a unique opportunity for locals and visitors to view the beauty of the bogs during one of the most picturesque and important times of year. This agricultural experience covers the history of cranberry industry, the importance of pollination, a discussion of what the plant needs during each season, and allows for plenty of photographs and discussion. Other activities will be offered during the event include a self-guided nature walk, a selection of local crafters and food vendors, wagon rides, complimentary face painting by Art on the Spot, and an agriculturally inspired scavenger hunt.  Children will receive a “blossom bag” filled with educational and inspirational materials.

Be sure to visit our vendors including Hebert Honey, Chelsea Fire Hot Sauce, Coletta Crafts, Edible South Shore Magazine, Herb-in-Fusion, Makepeace Farms, Mermaids on Cape Cod, Rock Village Publishing, Renee Designs, The Art Shoppe, The Xerces Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, The Sandpiper, Cervelli Farms, Crazy for Cookies, The Mad Batter Bakery, The Nut Jerk, and Wicked Smokin’ BBQ!  We’ll also be joined by Mass Grown and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association.

The annual “Make it Better with Cranberries” cookbook release ceremony will take place at noon. Cookbook publishers Edward and Yolanda Lodi from Rock Village Publishing will be on hand to present authors with the copy of the 2014 cookbook.  Stop by to take a look at the new book and hear how the cranberry inspired such delicious recipes!

The Cranberry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rosebrook Business Park and the adjacent Cranberry Bogs, 100 Rosebrook Way, Wareham.  Admission is $5 per person, those under 7 are free, and parking is free.