Everything’s Coming Up Roses, and Daffodils, and Rhodies on Cape Cod

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Spring has finally arrived on Cape Cod and with it the promise of colorful blossoms, flowering trees, and the return of green lawns and leafy trees. Though not yet quite warm enough to dig seriously in the dirt, the changing light and lengthening days gives us hope that soon we will be witness to mother nature’s glorious rebirth. Having just returned from our annual trek to see the grandkids in the Pacific Northwest, where daffodils were bobbing bright yellow heads and the cherry trees were in full bloom, I for one am longing for spring’s first delicate flowers to bloom in my garden. Of course, following my mother’s annual spring tradition, I did clip a few branches of our forsythia and forced them into bloom right after the vernal equinox. But we are still a few weeks away from any real color in the garden. However, there is hope on the horizon, and time for me to check the calendar for some of my favorite garden events held annually on Cape Cod. If you’re a gardener, or in need of some earthly delights, check out the upcoming schedule of events planned over the next few months. And don’t forget the “Spring Fling” package for an excellent opportunity to bring the season home with you.

4/29-5/1 37th Annual Daffodil Festival Weekend: Enjoy the Daffodil Show, Daffy dog Parade, Antique Car Parade and more on the island of Nantucket.

4/29-5/1 Brewster in Bloom, sponsored by the Brewster Chamber of Commerce focuses on craft shows, culinary events, and open houses.

4/30 and 5/7 Daffodil Days: A celebration of blooming daffodils with guided tours. Spohr Gardens, 45 Fells Road, Falmouth, MA.

5/21-30 Rhododendron Festival: 10 days of horticultural tours, talks, cooking demonstrations, plein air painting and photography workshops. Heritage Museum & Gardens, Pine & Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

6/30 Enchanted Gardens Tour of Hyannisport: A walking tour of Cape Cod gardens. Contact Arlene Hoxie at 508-888-3300 for more information and tickets.

5/2 Paintings with Flowers: Demonstration of pen and ink combined with pressed flowers, which takes place at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA.

5/13-15 Annual Herb Festival: Learn various uses for herbs through lecture and demonstration. Green Briar Nature Center, Sandwich, MA.

6/3-5 Wildflower Garden Festival: Art classes in the garden, guided walks, lectures, and afternoon tea are the highlights of this annual three-day event. Green Briar Nature Center, Sandwich, MA.

6/10 14th Annual Secret Garden Tour, sponsored by the Provincetown Art Association & Museum: Guided walking tour of beautiful gardens and an exhibition of floral arrangements in the galleries.

6/11 Bass River Garden Stroll: A benefit event for the Cultural Center of Cape cod in south Yarmouth. Tour 8-10 gorgeous gardens and witness artist at work.

7/14 Garden Party by the Sea: The Osterville Garden Clubs hosts this event that allows a glimpse into seven gracious homes and gardens.