Experience Cape Cod in a whole new way this summer by walking among garden after garden filled with beautiful hydrangeas.

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is coming back from July 9 to 18, with many homeowners opening their very own gardens to visitors for the occasion. Gardens vary in location everywhere on the Cape from Falmouth to Barnstable, and some even reach as far as Brewster, so some visits provide a little bit of drive time in between. Private garden tours are typically open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $5 per person per garden. All tours are rain or shine, nonrefundable, and availability varies by day, so you'll want to keep one eye on the forecast, the other on the festival's schedule, and plan accordingly!

But tours of the Cape's breathtaking blues and pinks aren't the only thing going on during the ten-day Hydrangea Festival. Visitors can enjoy workshops and lectures from international horticulturalists, learn proper pruning techniques in a hydrangea-focused class, watch painting demonstrations from local artists, and so much more.

Plus, proceeds from the festival's private tours benefit a variety of nonprofits across the Cape, so visitors can feel good knowing they're giving back while they enjoy the beauty and fresh air of the festival.

Westport's Stone Pony Gardens is also bringing back its annual Lavender Festival for its third year in 2021. The farm, located just down the road from the Westport Fairgrounds on Pine Hill Road, will open its gates on July 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, where visitors will be able to pick their own lavender, purchase a variety of lavender products produced by the farm and hang out with the animals.

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