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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Heritage Museums & Gardens Rhododendrons are in Bloom

Rhododendrons at Heritage Museums and GardensOne of the most stunning events of the season at Heritage Museums & Gardens is the Rhododendron Festival with the blooming of their 10,000 rhododendrons from late May to early June. This occurrence is breathtaking in the sheer volume and numbers of these bushes. What is so exciting is the uniqueness of some of the colors and varieties. Dexter Rhododendron garden at Heritage Museums and Gardens

Charles Owen Dexter once owned the farm that is now Heritage Museums & Gardens. His life-long love of gardening led him to hybridizing rhododendrons. He raised thousands of these beautiful plants around the property that he, with the help of a landscape architect, had turned into a country estate. He was able to produce plants with heavier foliage and larger blossoms of superior color. He produced thousands of seedlings annually and was very generous in sharing them free of charge with nurseries, other horticultural gardens, friends, and acquaintances. The Dexter rhododendrons are among some of the best in the region.

Path and pink rhododendronsThe Heritage grounds are covered with rhododendrons but there is an area devoted to the Dexter rhododendrons. When you purchase your ticket to tour the gardens and museums, you can get a map showing where this area is.

Magnolias outdoor cafe at Heritage with diners under a tent and a sign.
Magnolia Cafe
On a recent beautiful and sunny afternoon, we donned our walking shoes, grabbed the camera, andheaded up the hill from out bed and breakfast to Heritage Museums & Gardens to see the rhodies. We have a membership to the gardens and have been there many times, but have never made it to see the rhododendrons in full blossom. I also had promised Charlie that, if he would go with me to see the rhodies, I would go with him, again, to see the concept card exhibit in the auto museum at Heritage. The truth is, I really wanted to see the car exhibit again and he enjoyed the walk around the gardens.

After a lovely walk, we stopped off at Magnolias, the outdoor cafe on the grounds, for a brownie
sundae. What a treat.

We hope you come to Sandwich this year and take the opportunity to visit this crown jewel of Cape Cod. If the rhodies aren't blooming, something else beautiful will be. Stay at our bed and breakfast and choose our "Sandwich by the See Summer Fun" package, we include tickets to Heritage Museums & Gardens.

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