Gardening & Landscape Design Archives - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

Hot Trends for Cape Kitchens

Outdoor kitchen professionals provide customized design and installation services for homeowners looking to move their summer menus—and fun—outside.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but when summertime arrives on Cape Cod, the heart moves outside. Family gatherings, evening parties, celebrations, and even weeknight dinners often naturally gravitate to outdoor spaces in the beautiful weather, and the perfect way to…

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Nurturing Beauty on the Wing

Horticultural experts and dedicated local volunteers help create and preserve the habitat of beautiful butterflies.

Sandy earth, fresh salt air, ocean waves—all bathed in warm sunshine. The unique and breath-taking summer landscape of Cape Cod brings hordes of people to its shores, but it also attracts a less obvious Cape-traveler. This visitor plays a critical role in the natural beauty…

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Inside moves out

Summer entertaining on Cape Cod is all about easy, relaxed gatherings in outdoor living rooms.

Summer is coming and after the winter New Englanders have endured in 2015, nothing could be better than a return to life outdoors. On Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, homeowners have a wide array of options to make the most of our celebrated coastal season.

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Summer Flights of Fancy

I am writing this by our kitchen window in our Centerville Cape, looking out over a perennial bed first planted by my husband’s great-grandmother close to 100 years ago. The bright trumpets of daffodils are giving a clarion call (fitting, since it is Patriot’s Day here and the Boston Marathon is about to begin!) that spring has finally returned for…

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A to Z Coastal Resource Guide

How to find a landscape architect for a small seaside lot with stunning views, but a challenging permitting process. Where to look for authentic Colonial-style lighting—once used on ships—for your kitchen, or your front porch. Where to buy hand-woven, truly unique upholstery fabric for that piece of furniture that will give the perfect finishing touch to your new decor.

All this…

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Winter Bright

The palette of Cape Cod’s landscape has a surprising beauty in the winter, both in perennial gardens and in our natural and cultivated landscapes.

In the flower gardens, beauty remains when some plantings are left to dry naturally. Blue Hydrangea blossoms turn first a soft pink as the fall season passes, then fade to a golden cloud of flowers that add…

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Eden by the Sea

Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and her husband, Paul, could have chosen any exquisite corner of the globe as the summer holiday retreat for their growing family. They were the original post-war power couple: she, the daughter of the founder of what would become the Warner-Lambert pharmaceutical company; he, the only son of billionaire financier, Andrew Mellon. An invitation to their 4,000-acre horse…

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Spring Eternal

A photo essay on the perennial pleasure of spring flowers that thrive on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket

Spring comes so slowly to the Cape and Islands. The frigid water all around the landscape keeps our garden soil cold long past the first day of spring. While inland landscapes are bright with daffodils, on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket…

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From Land & Sea, CSA

Community Supported Agriculture is a win-win solution for Cape Codders in search of fresh fare.

If you’re having trouble finding local fish on Cape Cod, you aren’t looking in the right place. “You won’t find it in the big supermarkets. You have to look a little harder for it,” says Dave Henchy, a Brewster resident and the founder of Cape Cod…

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Fallscapes on Cape Cod

Planting in the autumn can give homeowners a great head start on year-round beauty.

It may seem like a strange idea to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials in the autumn, just when Mother Nature is slowing down and about to take a long nap. But the truth is that planting in September and October is often a very smart idea on…

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