Gardens on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Plymouth are the perfect place to spend your time. Whether you’ve got a green thumb or just enjoy smelling the flowers, there are plenty of great gardens to enjoy. The region is home to stunning gardens of all sorts, from folk’s backyards and community gardens to public gardens and stunning museums and estates. There are also lots of helpful garden supply and landscaping stores ready to support all your needs when gardening on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Plymouth.
Events: Gardens on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Plymouth
For those looking to find community in their gardening pursuits, there are lots of great garden focused events throughout the region each year. The Daffodil Festival on Nantucket, held each April, celebrates the first blooms of Spring on the island with bright yellow outfits, fun hats, parades, and lots of celebrations! In July, the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival celebrates the beauty of summer gardens in bloom and the iconic hydrangea. This two week-long event is a great chance to tour local gardens, public and private, while supporting local causes and organizations. The event is a perfect way to admire your neighbors’ gardens, and maybe find some growing inspiration for your own! In addition to garden tours, the Cape-wide event also features workshops and lectures for interested gardeners.
The Cape, Islands, and Plymouth are also home to lots of excellent community gardens. These gardens, often located at public parks or other areas, allow gardeners to rent a plot of land or raised garden bed in which to grow their own vegetables and flowers. The community gardens are perfect for folks who don’t have enough land or sun to garden and are a great way to learn from other gardeners and enjoy growing with others who share the same passion.
Another great way to get involved in the community nature of gardens on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Plymouth is to join a local gardening club. Local garden clubs include: The Garden Club of Hyannis, Nauset Garden Club in Orleans, The Garden Club of Yarmouth, Osterville Garden Club, Aptucxet Garden Club of Bourne, Denis Garden Club, Garden Club of Brewster, Falmouth Garden Club, West Dennis Garden Club, Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club, Nantucket Garden Club, and the Plymouth Garden Club.
Backyard Gardens on Cape Cod
Even if you’re not up for a large garden, you can still grow flowers, vegetables, or herbs in containers or raised beds in your yard or porch. Check out our story on Container Gardening on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Plymouth here. There’s still plenty you can grow, and there’s nothing like picking fresh herbs or greens to add to a summer meal!
We also have lots of tips for successful gardening, starting with our Spring Growing Tips.
If you’re looking for more information, the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension is a great resource, as are other gardeners around you.
Garden Stores and Nurseries on Cape Cod
Those driving around the Cape are sure to come across plenty of great nurseries and garden stores to help outfit you for all of your gardening needs. From sourcing soil and compost mixes, to seeds, seedlings, and plants, and to expert advice, they’ve got you covered!
If you’re not into the DIY side of yard beautification or need some help getting started, consider hiring a landscaper- there are tons of great options to choose from on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Plymouth.
Public Gardens on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Plymouth
If you don’t have a green thumb yourself, but appreciate a visit to a nice garden, there are also plenty of options for you on the Cape, Islands, and Plymouth. Some of the sites are free, while others charge admission. The gardens are perfect for strolling, picnics, and taking time to enjoy the beauty!
On Cape Cod visit the Spohr Gardens, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Brewster Gardens, and Heritage Museum & Gardens. On the islands, be sure to check out the Hadwen House Garden on Nantucket, the Mytoi Japanese Gardens on Chappaquiddick, and Poly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard. In the Plymouth region, visit the gardens at the Plimoth Patuxet Museum for a glimpse at historical gardens.