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Heritage Museums & Gardens: Rhododendron Festival & Fundraiser

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Heritage Museums & Gardens

67 Grove Street

Sandwich, Massachusetts 02563

Open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM
Now through October 17

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Rhododendron Festival

Friday, May 21-30, 2021, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thousands of world-famous rhododendrons in over 100 varieties offer an explosion of spectacular blooms throughout Heritage. Photograph yourself surrounded by walls of flowers, immerse yourself in the story of Heritage’s fascinating rhododendron legacy on a self-guided walking tour, learn proper plant care and pruning techniques at our hands-on Garden Discovery Cart, and take home one of these signature plants from the special plant sale. There’s even a fun activity guide highlighting these amazing plants designed just for kids and families!

Along with our Rhododendron-themed activities, visitors are welcome to enjoy the entire grounds including our indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Pre-purchase of admission tickets is recommended.

Grapes in the Garden Fundraiser

May 21, 2021, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

We invite you to join us in the gardens for an evening fundraiser to celebrate the rhododendron season at Heritage. This event includes a wine tasting accompanied by a variety of hors d’oeuvres. We look forward to hosting you.

Following state mandates, this event requires an RSVP and is limited in the number of guests. Masks must be worn at all times unless seated and eating. Event is subject to change or cancellation pending state guidelines.

McGraw Family Garden of the Senses: The first wellness garden experience of its kind on Cape Cod

The McGraw Family Garden of the Senses invites visitors to navigate easy terrain while enjoying an experience designed to appeal to the senses of every visitor, regardless of age or ability. Its pathways were designed to eliminate barriers that, for some, present challenges to accessing all that Heritage has to offer.

Elements such as water features, stone walls, meadows, and a boardwalk combine with a variety of plantings offering an inspiring mix of color, texture, scent, and sound to create a rich sensory experience. The garden’s design connects people with nature and positive outdoor experiences, recognized as key contributors to health and well-being. Here visitors can enjoy engaging with nature on their own terms and at their own pace.

The garden was developed with generous input from health and wellness professionals from across our region. Organizations serving individuals in assisted living or adult day programs, in physical rehabilitation, who are blind or visually impaired, or living with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementias will be invited to visit and provide feedback, and to contribute to the future development of supportive opportunities that would best serve the needs of these audiences.

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Heritage Museums & Gardens offers 100 spectacular acres of trees and shrubs, designed gardens, exquisite flowers and sweeping lawns. The gardens are a delight any time of year. Spring features showy Dexter Rhododendrons and flowering trees, while summer boasts brilliant hydrangeas and dazzling daylilies. Autumn highlights blazing foliage and the fall-blooming Franklinia. Winter showcases beautiful heathers, bright berries and noble evergreen.

Heritage Museum annually curates landmark exhibitions drawn from the collection and from around the country. We regularly host exhibitions from themes that expand on our understanding of history, technology, art and society.

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