Iconic for it’s bay and ocean surroundings, clapboard cottages and boutique-lined Main Street, Chatham truly blooms in its hydrangea-filled neighborhoods and three landmark destination’s colorful gardens.Photography by Chris Lewis
Wequassett Resort’s Cape Cod Garden
Located along the shores of Pleasant Bay with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean, Wequassett is quintessential Cape Cod with whitewashed buildings, clapboard cottages, and 22 acres of salt marshes, woodlands and picture-perfect gardens. The manicured grounds includes plantscape that celebrates each season, including springtime tulips, azaleas and irises, autumn bayberry and windswept sea grasses, and summer’s plethora of beach plums and wild roses. From first arrival at Wequassett, flowers burst with color, and brick-lined paths invite exploration through the fragrant scene. Visit the resort’s gardens at Pleasant Bay Road.
Captain’s House Inn’s English Garden
Recreating the intimacy and beauty of English-style gardens, the Captain’s House Inn first welcomes visitors with an expansive, perfectly manicured green lawn marked with crisp, white Adirondack chairs and white picket fences flanked by blue and purple hydrangeas, with a pathway leading directly to the English Garden where bountiful colors bloom and birds and butterflies flutter during traditional English afternoon teas. A proper four-square herb garden also rests on the property, used to flavor the dishes prepared in the Inn’s meals. Visit the Inn’s gardens at 369-377 Old Harbor Road.
Chatham Bars Inn’s Zen Garden
Located at the tucked away Spa at the Chatham Bars Inn, the traditional Japanese Zen Garden is not often found on Cape Cod’s sandy shores. Meant to invoke calm and tranquility, while also providing Zen with earthly features and an open flow for energy, Zen Gardens are “dry” landscapes mostly made of stone and sand to provide a minimalist view and inspire enlightenment.
Atwood House Museum’s Herb Garden
This garden was originally designed as a bicentennial project, in honor of the third treasurer of the Chatham Garden Club, who passed away during her term in office. The garden is livened by both blossoming and medicinal herbs such as rosemary, lemon balm, lamb’s ear, lady’s mantle and rue, a Mediterranean evergreen sub shrub typically used to treat earaches.
Brick walkways separate the blooming bee balm, lavender, calendula, and foxglove. At the end of the walkway, three brass bells from the 1964 Kinloch House sit under a peaceful white wooden frame with mallets for striking. Visit the Museum’s garden at 347 Stage Harbor Road.