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.
The 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.
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.