Gardening & Landscape Design Archives - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

Celebrating Cape Cod HOME’s 20th anniversary (1996-2016)

On the shore of Nantucket’s Sesachacha Pond, just a few hundred yards from the ocean, sits a 1,500 square-foot beachside cottage that is tucked away in its own private world, under a dune next to conservation land. Featured in Cape Cod HOME’s inaugural 1996 issue, this island hideaway has withstood the test of time says Danielle DeBenedictis, who, along with…

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Spring ahead with fall planting

While crisp autumn days await, now is the perfect time to get home and garden landscapes ready for prime time come spring. Warmer soil temperatures in the fall encourage strong root development and growth, setting the stage for vibrant blooms throughout the spring season.
“With a healthy root system, the plant will thrive,” says Dominic Mannarino, senior horticulturalist at West Bridgewater-based…

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An Oasis in the Dunes

Designed by Patrick Ahearn, Trelawny House is a majestic family gathering place on Martha’s Vineyard

Imagine exploring vast grasslands nestled behind ocean dunes and coming upon the remains of a home that’s centuries old. At first the structures may appear like a mirage of lone trees, shimmering in the summer heat, but upon approach, they would take the clear form of…

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An edge on the competition

Viola Associates discusses the installation of an infinity pool in Barnstable

Mike Tsotsis’s stunning property overlooking Sandy Neck Beach and Barnstable Harbor in Barnstable Village is a lovely spot to watch the sun lazily vanishing into the deep blue ocean. Complementing the natural beauty visible from the yard is an equally magnificent infinity-edge saltwater pool that appears to simply fade into…

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This is going to be a colorful celebration

A preview of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival July 7-17

Imagine being able to peek behind fences and stroll though private gardens that are normally closed to the public. Envision flowerbeds in full bloom, vegetable gardens overflowing with organic produce, and mature landscapes that retain the best of “old Cape Cod.” Or, picture touring through creative combinations of plants, garden ornaments,…

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A few pointers from the pros

Four local companies have a lot of experience with weathervanes

A weathervane can say a great deal about its owners. From displaying one’s love of the sea with a sailboat, a fondness for nature with a flower, or a little whimsy with a unicorn, these functional works of art offer a personalized focal point to any home, business, or other building…

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Creature Comforts

Geoff Semonian has carved a career out of whales, eagles, and other wooden creations

There is a saying that the most important ingredient in any great recipe, product or other creation is love. Cape Cod woodcarver Geoff Semonian seems to embody that philosophy. In an age when so many home furnishings are mass-produced, Semonian takes great pride—and a good deal of time…

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This is a crunching, munching cleanup crew!

Centerville’s “GOat Green Cape Cod” offers a one-of-a-kind landscape service

There is no shortage of animal life at the Centerville home of Stacey Greaves. With 26 chickens, four ducks, three dogs, three cats and two rabbits, Greaves has her hands full. But she says it’s her eight goats that keep her busiest.
The goats—Gus, Bambi, Leland, Pepper, Peanut, Frito, Kyle and Brad—all…

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Transforming the Cape’s landscape one garden at a time

Barnstable entrepreneur helps customers grow produce in their own backyards

The farm-to-table concept of eating fruits and vegetables within hours after they are harvested is nothing new, but the trend has been gaining momentum in recent years. As more and more people become aware of the preservatives and other things that are included in many of the packaged foods sold in…

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Viola Associates

Pools & Spas

When you ask John Viola what makes him most proud of his company, Viola Associates in Hyannis, he doesn’t hesitate. “I am proudest of my employees. My company wouldn’t be successful without our team,” says Viola, of the 30 to 40 seasonal and full-time workers at the irrigation, swimming pool design and installation company.

Viola says he never would…

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