Heritage Museums and Gardens Rhododendrons Festival
Up in Cape Cod, the rhododendrons are in full bloom at the annual Heritage Museums & Gardens Rhododendrons Festival. Home to two noted hybridizers—Charles Owen Dexter and Jack Cowles—the garden is a great place to see the many new varieties in bloom. A new and dramatic water element—the Flume Fountain—and a new children's garden are also worth visiting for their unusual landcaping.
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Senior horticulturalist Jeanie Gillis gave me a tour around the gardens and she mentioned that she recommends that people aggressively prune their rhododendron shrubs. At the gardens, however, the horiculturalists don't always have time to get to all of their shrubs, and so they grow in wild and dramatic profusion.