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Inspiration, joy and a whole lot of color

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Lynch participated in his first garden tour in 2006 with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding and finding a cure for breast cancer. In 2013, he took part in his first tour with the Falmouth Garden Club as a fundraiser for its scholarship fund. The club asked nine Falmouth residents to open up their gardens to visitors for the day. Also in 2015, he was invited to be a part of the inaugural Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, which showcased gardens across Cape Cod for the benefit of the Falmouth Historical Society.

“The word that people use the most when they have come through the garden is whimsical,” Lynch says. “You go around every corner of the garden, and there’s something new to see, and I think people appreciate that.” Some of these items include bird houses, bird baths and bird feeders, which pop up in various corners of the garden, fighting to stand out in the sea of richly colored flowers. Lynch is a member of the National Wildlife Federation, and the garden is a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary, a designation the federation provides to indicate that the garden helps restore habitats for various species of birds. Chickadees and bright orange orioles, among other birds, frequent the garden often and pick at the grape jelly Lynch strategically places in one of his feeders next to the deck.

Once plants start to go to seed, they typically need to be revitalized and clipped back. Because the plants do not look their best when they’re trimmed, Lynch takes them out of the ground and puts them in containers in a corner of the garden he calls the “plant hospital.” “It’s like giving somebody a really good haircut,” Lynch says. “That’s what I’m giving these plants, a good trim. By cutting the plants back, their growth has been stimulated. Then they are all able to come back for a second growth. It works pretty well.”



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