Thank you For Coming to Hydrangea University 2017

It was wonderful to see so many hydrangea enthusiasts go back to school at Hydrangea University this past weekend! Our “professors” hope you learned new and interesting things about the History of the Cape Cod garden, hydrangea colors, container growing, and hydrangea species! All this week Heritage will continue to celebrate the Hydrangea Festival with daily talks and tours all about Hydrangeas!

If you would like your own copy of the presentations that Mal, Peg, and Joan made you are free to download a copy via these links!

Joan Harrison – The Colorful World of Hydrangeas

Peg Black – Evolution of a Cape Cod Garden

Mal Condon – Know Your Species & Hydrangea Container Growing


Friday, July 7
8:30 am – noon

8:30 am – Registration and refreshments
9:00 am–noon – Sessions with Expert Speakers
Noon-1:30 – Lunch on your own (Heritage’s Magnolia Café is open)
1:30 – Optional: Tour the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Display Garden and North American Hydrangea Test Garden with Cape Cod Hydrangea Society docents

Visit Heritage Museums & Gardens (open until 5 pm)

Fee: $60; $50 Members of Heritage Museums & Gardens or the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

Includes: presentations by three expert speakers, admission to Heritage, goodie bag, hydrangea plant, garden tours

Heritage Museums & Gardens and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society (CCHS) are pleased to partner to present the second annual Hydrangea University, building on the success of last year’s event introduced by CCHS. Last year’s popular “professors” are back with new topics. These expert speakers will inspire and entertain while increasing our knowledge of hydrangeas. New this year will be the opportunity to tour the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Display Garden and the new North American Hydrangea Test Garden. Admission to all of Heritage Museums & Gardens will also be included with registration, and each participant will receive a goodie bag and a hydrangea plant to take home.


Expert Speaker Sessions

  • Hydrangea Success It's More than Just Blue with Mal Condon

    Hydrangea lovers need to be able to identify the six major species that grow so well in our Cape Cod climate. Each species will be reviewed with respect to attributes and shortcomings, pruning specifics, and planting particulars. The afternoon garden tours will highlight each species to further amplify their identity.
  • Growing Hydrangeas in Containers-So Many Pluses with Mal Condon

    Hydrangeas, traditionally planted in-ground in our Cape Cod gardens, create something special in so many local landscapes. And, they are also wonderful selections for container growing too - especially the much favored, but often winter- tender H. Macrophylla species. This discussion will include the following topics; species and cultivar selection for container culture, pot considerations, planting mixes and amendments, seasonal pruning best practices, and simple winter protection ideas.
  • The Colorful World of Hydrangeas with Joan Harrison

    Why particular hydrangea shrubs have particular colors, or are multicolored, or changeable colors create understandable confusion. Come have the mysteries of hydrangea color cleared up once and for all. The mysteries of hydrangea color frustrate many gardeners who want to achieve the perfect blue (or pink, or purple) blooms for their garden. Why is it that sometimes the blue hydrangea you bought at the local garden center turns pink when planted in your garden? Or the pink one turns blue? Learn how to find the best varieties for the colors you want. Find out which color changes occur naturally and which ones you can (and cannot) influence with soil amendments. Recent developments in the hydrangea breeding world include the introduction of many new bi-colored hydrangeas as well as interesting color combinations present in every bloom. Expect to see gorgeous pictures of hydrangeas in all their colorful glory.
  • The Evolution of a Cape Cod Garden with Peg Black

    A Journey through the development of a garden over several decades as told by the gardener who lived within it day-to-day and encountered the changes that came with the seasons and the years. Hydrangeas figured prominently in the later years of the garden’s development.

Expert Bios