Cultivars and Growers: The North American Hydrangea Test Garden
The North American Hydrangea Test Garden is home to many new hybrid varieties of hydrangeas created by national growers. Meet the newest members of the hydrangea world here:
Cultivar: ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ (Tree Form) Species:Hydrangea paniculata Source/Grower: Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: The enormous flower heads are a blend of vanilla and strawberry, held upright on red stems. Flowers emerge creamy white in mid-summer, change to pink as the night temperatures drop and finally turn strawberry red. New blooms emerge as older blooms change color, giving the plant a multicolored effect in late summer and early fall. The red coloring lasts at least 3-4 weeks. Plants grow upright, and then cascade later in the season. Excellent for fresh cut and dried flower arrangements.
Cultivar: ‘Great Star’ Species:Hydrangea paniculata Source/Grower: Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: Add star power to your garden with this beautiful discovery from the renowned French garden of Princess Sturdza. Flowers open to large, white, wavy, star-shaped florets that can be up to 4" wide. The flowers are incredibly fragrant. Flowering starts mid-summer and will last until the first hard frost, providing many weeks of interest. This low maintenance shrub is a great backdrop and blends easily with other plants.
Cultivar: ‘Strawberry Sundae’ Species:Hydrangea paniculata Source/Grower: Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: Strawberry Sundae™ is a delicious new compact hydrangea. Flowers emerge creamy white in mid-summer, change to pink and finally to strawberry red. The fantastic flower color lasts well into fall. With its compact habit, this hydrangea adds spectacular color and impressive flowers to small space gardens or containers. It is also excellent for fresh cut and dried flower arrangements.
Cultivar: ‘Tickled Pink’ Species:Hydrangea paniculata Source/Grower: Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: You'll be tickled pink by the extraordinary flowers on this hydrangea. Each bloom is completely covered by the sterile flower petals and each petal re-curves giving the blossoms a full, frilly, lacy appearance. The blooms start out white before turning rosy pink. The habit is upright and compact with a height of just 4-5', so there is room for this beauty in any garden.
Cultivar: ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ Species:Hydrangea paniculata Source/Grower: Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: The enormous flower heads are a blend of vanilla and strawberry, held upright on red stems. Flowers emerge creamy white in mid-summer, change to pink as the night temperatures drop and finally turn strawberry red. New blooms emerge as older blooms change color, giving the plant a multicolored effect in late summer and early fall. The red coloring lasts at least 3-4 weeks. Plants grow upright, and then cascade later in the season. Excellent for fresh cut and dried flower arrangements.
Cultivar: ‘White Diamonds’ Species:Hydrangea paniculata Source/Grower: Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: With a commanding presence in the summer and fall garden, White Diamonds® is an exceptional new compact hydrangea with glistening white, upright panicles that eventually fade to lovely parchment and pink colors for dried arrangements. Smaller and more manageable than most H. paniculata, White Diamonds boasts dark green leathery foliage that displays increased heat and drought tolerance. Use as an anchor in the mixed border, plant as a hedge or in a large grouping for a magnificent effect.
Cultivar: ‘Endless Summer The Original’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Endless Summer Collection from Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: The Original, the first of the hydrangea varieties in the collection, revolutionized the way gardeners were able to incorporate hydrangeas in their landscapes. It is still the hallmark of the shrub collection and with good reason. It was the first hydrangea discovered that blooms on the previous year’s woody stems and the new season’s growth. With The Original, you get an endless summer of possibilities and incredible color from spring through fall.
Cultivar: ‘Blushing Bride’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Endless Summer Collection from Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: Just as the name suggests, Blushing Bride has pure white semi-double florets, which mature to blush pink or Carolina blue, depending on soil pH. Starting in late spring, Blushing Bride graces the garden with big round balls of soft blooms, providing an elegant touch of color in the garden all the way into fall. Long a favorite of European gardeners, Blushing Bride can serve as a focal point or can be used in the garden to separate louder, harsher colors providing harmony and ease.
Cultivar: ‘Twist-n-Shout’ Species:Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Endless Summer Collection from Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: Twist-n-Shout®, the first re-blooming lacecap hydrangea, boasts picturesque deep pink or periwinkle blue hydrangea flowers (depending on soil pH) from late spring through fall. With loads of dependable blooms and intense hydrangea colors, these lacecap hydrangea have become a favorite for everyone from new gardeners to Master Gardeners! Not only are Twist-n-Shout’s blooms remarkable, the stems on these shrubs are also vivid red, adding even more interest to your landscape. The stems are incredibly sturdy to support the large blooms and keep your garden looking full all summer long.
Cultivar: ‘BloomStruck’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Endless Summer Collection from Bailey Nurseries About the Bloom: Another great feature of BloomStruck and this collection is the ability to change the blooms' color to your liking. Depending on soil pH, you can have vivid rose-pink or purple hydrangea flower heads. If your soil's pH does not produce the hydrangea colors you prefer, try the Endless Summer Color Kits to change your acidity level and, in turn, change your bloom color! BloomStruck also has incredibly beautiful red-purple stems, dark green leaves with red petioles and red veins, which give great contrast to your other garden shrubs, perennials and annuals. Because of BloomStruck's extremely strong stems, above average heat tolerance and great disease resistance - especially to powdery mildew - it is a perfect combination of beauty and hardiness for your garden!
Trade Name: Cherry Explosion Cultivar: ‘McKay’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Star Roses & Plants Developer: McKay Nursery About the Bloom: A new selection of a very hardy macrophylla type of Hydrangea with cherry red florets arranged in a circle with a profusion of tiny star like light pink flowers in the centers. A beautiful, rounded selection with flowers all around top to bottom. This new Hydrangea is working well in a wide range of conditions. The fall color of the foliage is burgundy when the cool weather comes on long and slow. Cherry Explosion likes protection from the hot afternoon sun. When grown in acid soils, the flower color is lavender. When this plant dies back over winter, it rebounds beautifully with each stem flowering beautifully on new wood. 3-4' high and wide, and a bit larger in warmer climates where it does not die back in the winter. Zones 4-9
Cultivar: ‘Next Generation Firefly’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Star Roses & Plants About the Bloom: Firefly is a unique semi-double reblooming mophead with amazing bicolored flowers of red with a cream eye. These blooms almost appear painted and flower all summer long.
Cultivar: ‘L.A. Dreamin’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Star Roses & Plants About the Bloom: First macrophylla to show blue, pink and everything in between on the same plant. As L.A. Dreamin’® matures, it can bloom in shades of blue, purple, and pink—at the same time, on the same plant. Great reblooming power!
Cultivar: ‘Red Sensation’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Star Roses & Plants About the Bloom: This compact plant has shiny, green foliage and Mophead blooms which are large, light red in color and bloom through summer.
Cultivar: ‘Wedding Gown Dancing Snow’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Star Roses & Plants About the Bloom: 'Dancing Snow' (trade name of WEDDING GOWN) is a compact, double-flowered, lacecap cultivar that grows to 2-3’ tall and to 3-5' wide. It is part of the DOUBLE DELIGHTS SERIES from Star Roses & Plants. Leaves (to 6" long) are glossy green. Each flower head resembles a small bridal bouquet, hence the trade name of WEDDING GOWN.
Cultivar: ‘Fire and Ice, Wim’s Red’ Species: Hydrangea paniculata Source/Grower: Star Roses & Plants About the Bloom: Impressive three seasons of color on one plant! Blooms open cream during the spring, turn pink mid-summer and become deep red in the fall. This compact, early blooming, heat tolerant selection has attractive green foliage all season and is a must have accent, foundation or border shrub for the garden.
Cultivar: ‘Sweet Summer’ Species: Hydrangea paniculata Source/Grower: Star Roses & Plants About the Bloom: Mid-sized, full hydrangea with an extreme number of dense panicles of large flowers which mature from green to white in early summer and begin to shade into pink by fall. Strong stems suitable for cut flowers.
Cultivar: ‘Fuchsia Glow’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Greenleaf Nursery About the Bloom: A repeat blooming hydrangea that provides glowing pink color without concern for soil type. This great new plant from Garden Debut® was selected for its prolific blooming, vibrant fuchsia bloom color and compact growth habit. Hardy to Zone 4.
Cultivar: ‘Nantucket Blue’ Species: Hydrangea macrophylla Source/Grower: Greenleaf Nursery About the Bloom: Selected for prolific blooming, vibrant bloom color and compact growth habit, this repeat blooming Hydrangea features an abundance of summertime flower clusters until frost. Flowers are blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline soil. This vigorous grower reaches 4 to 6 feet tall and wide.
Grab a drink and enjoy some fascinating and fun conversation with Heritage Museums & Gardens staff, who will bring interesting objects from the Museum’s collection to share. Check out a piece of the past that most Museum visitors don’t have the opportunity to see, and join in the discussion! Participation is free, and there are no reservations required. Food and drink purchases are each guest’s responsibility.
Heritage opens for our 48th season with the opening of special exhibit Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views. This special exhibit features works by Edward Hopper, Paul Resika, April Gornik, and 44 other premier American contemporary landscape painters in a range of styles and approaches which, when taken together, form an intimate and startlingly beautiful collection that challenges our notion of landscape painting and addresses what the genre is today. Guest curated by Lauren Della Monica. Learn more about Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views.
Advance registration is recommended, as space is limited. Registration is free for Members, but please register so that your space(s) can be reserved. Join four contemporary landscape painters – David Kapp, Lois Dodd, Elizabeth O’Reilly, and Jim Holland – as they discuss what “landscape” means, the influence of tradition on contemporary painters, and how styles evolved over time. Following the artist panel, explore this season’s special exhibit, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views, which features artwork by all four artists on the panel. Artist Bios David Kapp was born in New York City in 1953. He attended Barnard School for Boys and graduated from Walden High School in NYC in 1970. He attended Windham College in Putney, VT, and received his BFA, and afterwards attended Queens College, Flushing, NY, where he earned his MFA in 1977. His work is in the collections of major museums in the U.S., including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1982 and he has had more than forty solo exhibitions during that time. He is represented by The Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, Tibor de Nagy Gallery in NYC, and Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. He lives and works in Friendship, ME with his wife, the painter Cecily Kahn. Lois Dodd was born in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1927. She studied at Cooper Union, and in 1952 became one of the five founding artists of the Tanager Gallery, one of the first artist cooperative galleries in New York City. Dodd’s art had been the subject of more than 50 one-person exhibitions, including a retrospective exhibition organized in 2012 by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. The exhibition traveled to the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, in 2013. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design, her many awards include the Benjamin West Clinedinst Medal and Artists’ Fellowship from the National Academy; the Augustus St. Gaudens Distinguished Alumni Award from Cooper Union; an honorary degree from Old Lyme Academy; and the Speicher, Betts and Symons Foundation Purchase Award. Her work is held in major museum and corporate collections, including Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Dartmouth College Art Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, National Academy of Design, Wadsworth Atheneum, and Whitney Museum Print Collection. She is represented by Alexandre Gallery, New York City. Elizabeth O’Reilly received her MFA from Brooklyn College, New York, and her B.Ed. from the National University of Ireland. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland; the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming; the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois; and has received numerous awards, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant. A documentary on her work, Ealaiontóir Thar Sáile (An Artist Abroad) was shown on network TV in Ireland. Jim Holland was born in 1955 in Schenectady NY. While in college he began painting with acrylics and received some valuable instruction in watercolors. In the late 70s Jim began visiting Cape Cod where he started refining the elements that would become his style, marked by stripped-down realistic depiction and a sense of solitude often found in the work of Edward Hopper—an artist for whom Jim has had lifelong admiration. The enduring themes in Holland’s paintings are the light and space near the ocean, an expansive and peaceful place with colors from brilliant to nearly monochromatic. Jim’s work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast in various one-person and group shows, and is included in numerous private and institutional collections in the United States and Europe. He lives in Brewster, MA.
Discover why Heritage Museums & Gardens is a magnet for families—from kids to adults of all ages—during April vacation week, with great exhibits, programs, and activities that will appeal to everyone and create memories that will last a lifetime. This season’s special exhibit, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views, presents premier American contemporary landscape painters offered in a beautiful collection that challenges our notion of landscape painting. To complement the exhibit, experienced as well as budding artists have the opportunity to create art outdoors together. At Hidden Hollow™, an enchanting two-acre outdoor discovery and exploration area that includes a giant treehouse, families can work together to build a forest mobile kinetic sculpture, nature collage, or drip sand sculpture. Families can also enjoy outdoor discovery on Heritage’s 100 acres of nature trails, woodlands, and gardens; admire gems of the automotive world in Heritage’s collection Driven to Collect—and even take a family portrait in a Model T; appreciate American history in The Heritage Collection, which tells a story about our shared history, about ourselves, and about our future; ride a vintage carousel; picnic on the grounds; and more.
The Hundred Acre School opens its doors to children ages 4 to 8 during school breaks. Join us in our bright, modern classrooms and arts laboratory for STEM-focused vacation week programs that allow children to question like scientists, use technology as a tool, be creative engineers, and think like mathematicians. Heritage Museums & Gardens becomes our second classroom with daily adventures throughout the grounds and to the museums. April Vacation “STEM Explorers” – April 18-21 During this session, we will engage in daily STEM exploration adventures throughout Heritage Museums & Gardens. A variety of locations and hands-on materials will be used for exploration and play. We will conduct experiments and collect and share data about our predictions and what we discover. Choose either: Full Day 9-3:30 or Half Day 9-1:00 Extended Day available at 8am and until 5:30pm For all enrollment options, click here. Our typical daily schedule: 8-9 Extended Day Morning 9:00-9:15 Arrival Time with Free Choice Classroom stations 9:15-9:30 Snack Time (Please pack a snack for your child) 9:30-10:00 Hypothesis Time (Concept of the day to make predictions or share what you know) 10:00-11:45 Investigation Stations in the classroom with the morning featured activity (hands-on activities) AND Investigation Adventure (Explore nature trails, Hidden Hollow, carousel, Auto Gallery, and outside locations) 11:45-12:15 Lunch (Please provide a lunch for your child) 12:15-12:25 Carousel Ride 12:25-12:45 Think Time (Share what was learned or enjoyed) 12:45-1:15 Free Play Outside 12:45-1:00 Dismissal for Half Day Students 1:15-2:15 Investigation Stations in the classroom with featured afternoon activity 2:15-3:00 Second Investigation Adventure 3:00-3:15 Second Think Time (Share what was learned or enjoyed) 3:15-3:30 Dismissal for Full Day Students 3:15-4:00 Free Play Outside ————- 3:30-5:30 Extended Day Afternoon 4:00 Extended Day Afternoon Snack (Please pack a snack for your child) 4:15-4:30 Transition Group Activity 4:30-5:15 Arts Laboratory and/or Hallway Stations 5:15-5:30 Free Play Outside & Final Pick Up of the Day To enroll or for more information, click here.