About Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society was founded in 2007. One of our first goals was to establish a display garden somewhere on Cape Cod. It made sense to us to have an extensive collection of hydrangeas here on the Cape where hydrangeas thrive. We wanted a garden that would educate and inspire visitors. This was an extremely challenging goal considering the cost of land on the Cape (high) and the contents of our treasury (low).

“I am always happy in the company of fellow lovers of hydrangeas.”

– Joan Harrison, Founder CCHS

We got lucky. Shortly after formulating our goal we learned that Heritage Museums & Gardens planned to add a collection of hydrangeas to their existing collections of rhododendrons, hostas, and daylilies. We immediately contacted Jeanie Gillis, the horticulture director, and proposed a partnership. She was openly enthusiastic.

On a lovely day in October of 2007 we walked the grounds with Jeanie, looking for the ideal location. The spot we chose was the site of an old daylily collection which was slated to be moved elsewhere. Our generous members donated the approximately 30 varieties that began the garden, and Joan Brazeau agreed to be our garden designer. The first plants were installed in the spring of 2008. We have added to the original collection on a regular basis ever since that time, always focusing on our twin goals of educating and inspiring visitors to our garden at Heritage.

Our partnership with Heritage has been satisfying and mutually beneficial. We feel grateful to find ourselves in such a beautiful setting, and are happy to do all we can to maintain our garden, to grow our garden, and to act as docents in our garden especially during the annual Cape-wide Hydrangea Festival. Many of the hydrangeas in our display garden could be called heritage hydrangeas in the sense that they are older varieties that are hard to find in contemporary garden centers. We began with macrophyllas because the general public is most familiar with that species, but have added other species over the years, so that we now have substantial collections of serratas, arborescens, paniculatas and quercifolias. It is deeply satisfying to us to see visitors from all over the world appreciating our collection which has been, from the beginning, a labor of love.

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Mission

To increase our knowledge and enjoyment of hydrangeas and to share what we have learned with the Cape Cod community.

Joyce and Emily

Co-Presidents
Beth Wills and Ashley Cadrin

2023 – 2024

CCHS Board of Directors

Co-Presidents
Beth Wills
Ashley Cadrin

Co-Vice Presidents
Becky Duke
Yvonne La Penotiere

Treasurer
Abby Menard

Assistant Treasurer
Mary Kay Condon

Secretary
Deb Chapin

Membership
Linda McNeilly

CCHS Committee Chairs

Curator of Hydrangeas
Mal Condon

Display & Test Garden Maintenance
Barbara Marsala

Garden Docents
Michele Baker
Jo Ann DiRico Trautmann

Garden Tours
Linda Coven
Linda McNeilly

Historian
Joan Harrison

Hydrangea Calendar
Ashley Cadrin

Hydrangea Festival
Becky Duke
Yvonne La Penotiere

Hydrangea University
Cathy Sampson

 

Hydrangea University Sponsors
Dolores Fallon

Newsletter
Suzanne Boas

Publicity
Nancy Dexter

Social Affairs
Mary Kay Condon
Joyce Halpert
Emily Woudenberg

Social Media | Facebook
Marcia Chapman

AV Technology
Linda Coven

Website
Linda McNeilly