Heritage Museums & Gardens Annual Hydrangea Festival

July 12th to 21st - Featuring one of the most comprehensive collections of hydrangeas in the U.S.
Hundreds of hydrangeas will be in bloom during the annual Hydrangea Festival, July 12-21, at Heritage. (Courtesy of Heritage Museums & Gardens)

(Sandwich, MA) – Heritage Museums & Gardens—home to the most comprehensive collection of hydrangeas in the country—will be bursting with magnificent color and beauty as hundreds of classic and new hydrangea cultivars come in bloom during the much-anticipated Hydrangea Festival, July 12-21. 

Heritage’s annual Heritage Hydrangea Festival, sponsored by Arbella Insurance Foundation, is one of the most beautiful times to visit Heritage, with special programs to engage everyone from novice to avid gardeners. Visitors can learn from horticultural experts, explore the North American Hydrangea Test Garden, and participate in activities related to Cape Cod’s signature plant. As a special treat, Arbella Insurance Foundation is providing participants with a free pair of branded gardening gloves, while supplies last.

“Heritage is home to the most comprehensive collections of newly developed and introduced hydrangeas, which can be seen in our North American Hydrangea Test Garden,” said Les Lutz, Heritage Director of Horticulture and Facilities Management. “The garden will be spectacular this season. New cultivars will be showcased in a true garden setting, giving visitors the opportunity to see how these plants can be used in a home landscape.”

Hydrangea Festival Programs at Heritage Museums & Gardens include:

Hydrangea Basics Walk and Talk: Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 21: 11-11:45 am  

Hydrangea Pruning Discussion: Saturday, July 13: 1:30-2:30 pm; Tuesday, July 16: 1:30-2:30 pm; Friday, July 19: 1:30- 2:30 pm

All Things h. macrophylla- Getting to Know Our Favorite Species Better: Sunday, July 14: 1:30-2:30 pm; Wednesday, July 17, 1:30- 2:30 pm; Saturday, July 20: 1:30- 2:30 pm

Unsung Hydrangea Stars: Monday, July 15: 1:30- 2:30 pm; Thursday, July 18: 1:30- 2:30 pm; Sunday, July 21: 1:30- 2:30 pm

Heavenly Hydrangeas Book Signing with author Joan Harrison: Saturday, July 20:

In addition, two special programs are offered during Hydrangea Festival:


  • Hydrangea University, a partnership between Heritage and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, takes place on Friday, July 12, 8:30- 12:30 pm. Participants learn from hydrangea experts and “graduate” with a hydrangea plant to take home. Registration is recommended; admission to Heritage is included with registration.
  • The Standard Flower Show, a major flower show presented annually at Heritage by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Southeastern District's garden clubs and its award-winning Design & Horticulture Study Group, takes place on Tuesday, July 16, 1-5 pm;  Wednesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 18: 10 am-5 pm. This year’s show, entitled “Celebrating Our Bountiful Heritage,” features creative floral designs, educational displays, and more. The Show is free with Museum admission.   

Visitors can also enjoy one or all of our daily Mini Gallery Tours, which gives the visitor behind-the-scenes access, inside information, and fun, interactive experiences with Heritage’s collections and exhibits. More information on these tours is available online at heritagemuseums.org.

The Hydrangea Festival at Heritage Museums & Gardens is sponsored by Arbella Insurance Foundation. The 2019 season runs through October 14. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm. More information is available online at heritagemuseumsandgardens.org or by calling 508-888-3300.

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