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Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog
Sandwich, MA - Cape Cod
100 acres of beautiful walking paths, gardens and three museums celebrating the art, history and culture of America.
Interests: gardening, family events, cape cod, antique automobiles, summer fun, educational programs, membership
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Autumn has descended in all its glory, but if you’re like us, you’re still making the most of the last of summer’s gifts: a handful of herbs fresh from the garden. Whether making a batch of pesto with the last of the basil or just savoring the scents of thyme,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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In the summer of 1907, five teams of intrepid drivers, mechanics and navigators set out with an epic task in mind: to race the 9,317 miles (14,994 km) from Peking to Paris. The terrain was rough and navigation difficult; for thousands of miles there were no roads at all to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Colors, we are told, have meanings. These days, blue is for boys and pink for girls, though the reverse was true no more than a century ago. According to popular wisdom, a vivid red, the color of passion, can rev up both the pulse and the appetite, while cooler greens... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Caption: 1951 Indian Chief. Courtesy of Dick Shappy Classic Cars. Sometimes (okay, every time) when we’re creating an exhibit there’s just way more good stuff than will fit. We end up letting go of a lot of great stories and snippets because there just isn’t room for them. This was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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The treehouse, Hidden Hollow’s most anticipated new feature, will open its leafy heights to visitors on August 18th! Planning for the treehouse began in July of 2008, when staff met with Pete Nelson, master treehouse-builder and co-founder of The TreeHouse Workshop, Inc., based in Seattle, WA. He is widely recognized... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Despite some threatening weather the night before, the annual Heritage Auto Show went off without a hitch Saturday, July 9th, to the delight of more than 800 visitors. Nearly a hundred fantastic vehicles turned up for the event, representing a century of American and European automotive history. A ’62 Corvette... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Who got free admission to Heritage on Friday, July 1st? This friendly little guy and 2300 friends! (Note: they weren’t all rabbits, but just imagine if they had been…wow. Okay, moving on.) With a generous grant from the Highland Street Foundation, Heritage was able to offer free admission to visitors... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Maria Hickey’s cottage garden at the front gate. Hidden Hollow isn’t the only place where we’re getting a little help from our friends. If you’ve strolled through our grounds lately, chances are you’ve stopped to admire one of our landscape partners’ gardens. All over Heritage you’ll find these horticultural gems,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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No one wants to think about the worst that could happen. Preparing for a disaster that might never occur can seem expensive and time consuming, especially with so many more immediate metaphorical fires to put out. But the newspapers are full of just such events—floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, not to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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If you haven’t seen it yet this season, the Maze Garden is looking more lush and verdant than ever thanks to a spring makeover by Maffei Landscaping of Mashpee, Massachusetts. The Maze is home to Heritage’s growing (no pun intended!) Vine Collection and several new vines have been added as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Old Glory, by Nicolas Nobili, c. 1991 June 14th is Flag Day! On that date in 1777 the United States officially adopted its national flag. The first U. S. flag had thirteen stars on a blue background and thirteen stripes in red and white, one for each of the thirteen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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So many of our favorite summer pastimes are rooted in the nostalgia of childhood, and few things say childhood like a carousel. If you’ve been to see the new Flying Horses exhibit at Heritage this season, it may have brought back memories of your own childhood, or made a new... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Know what we love? Worms. Worms loosen soil, bringing air and water to root systems and allowing better drainage to occur. Worms break down organic matter, like leaves, combining it with minerals in their digestive system. From this, they produce “casting” (you guessed it, worm poop) which makes soil more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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"Yellow Gate" Waves of pink, red and white blossoms shimmer through the trees. Branches heavy with blooms overhang the trails. In every direction, the eye encounters a riot of spring color. It can only mean one thing: our signature collection of thousands of rhododendrons is at its peak and Heritage’s... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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In celebration of our new exhibit America’s Kitchens, we are delighted to host a cooking demonstration and book signing by Mary Ann Esposito on Saturday, May 21. Mary Ann is the star of America's longest-running cooking program, "Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito.” For more than 21 years, she’s shown... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Hidden Hollow is abuzz in its first week of our spring season! Crocus are blooming, the spring peepers are “peeping,” and families are filling our space with sounds of joy! Heritage’s commitment to creating spaces where people can get outside and explore is growing exponentially as we continue to work... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Looking for something fun to do with the kids during the holidays? Check out these ideas for crafts, gifts, and games! Family Wreath – Show everyone who visits your home what a special family you have by creating a family wreath! Create paper decorations in all shapes, and decorate the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Every year at Heritage, we get out the glitter and greenery, the silver bells and shiny baubles and deck our halls. We start early; our grounds crew was busy stringing up hundreds of thousands of lights way back in October, before we’re even closed for the season. And every year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Nineteenth century printmakers Nathaniel Currier and James Merrit Ives knew what America saw when it looked in the mirror. For more than seventy years, Currier & Ives gave back to America the best possible version of itself, idealized views of the young nation to hang in every home. They called... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Darth Vader here is ready to take on all those Jedi knights we saw. On a recent weekend Heritage opened its doors to several hundred ghouls, goblins and a surprising number of Jedi knights. Our annual Halloween Carnival, now extended to two evenings due to incredible public response, was a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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It is easy to forget how much we rely on arbitrary social signifiers in navigating our world. When we come up against the unfamiliar conventions of other places and other times, they can seem strange or amusing or just plain wrong to our way of thinking. Folk art portraits of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Girl in a Red Dress, Unknown Artist, c. 1840-1860, American, Collection of Heritage Museums & Gardens In these days of video and camera phones, images are ubiquitous. It may be difficult to imagine a time when painted portraits were the only visual remembrances of family and loved ones possible. Portraits... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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On Saturday, September 18th Heritage’s Director of Collections & Exhibitions and resident gravestone expert Jennifer Madden led a tour of three historic burying grounds on the Cape. Starting at Cobb’s Hill in Barnstable and making our way through Lothrop Hill (also in Barnstable) and finally Yarmouth Ancient Cemetery, we examined... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Apples and pumpkins have hit the farm stands and the nip of colder days to come is in the air, but the gardens at Heritage are still bursting with color as the last of summer’s heady blossoms reach their peak. Dahlias, gorgeous in their many vibrant varieties, will keep blooming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot
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Dahlias are flower factories! They will tolerate partial shade but they love the sun; and the more sun, the more flowers. Dahlias like loose, well-drained, even sandy soil. Add compost, peat moss, loam or manure to improve conditions. They also like to grow in containers. Dahlias come in a wide... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at Heritage Museums & Gardens Blog Spot