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Plant Geek Day


When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Where: Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, Massachusetts  02563
United States
Rena Sumner

Phone: 413-369-4731

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.

Register online or download a pdf to mail in your registration and payment.

Our Day’s Agenda

Receive 2 MCH credits toward continuing education for attending.


Registration, continental breakfast in the Heald Center


Welcome and brief history of Heritage Museums & Gardens in the Heald Center


Tour of the gardens & Plant I.D. Challenge (for prizes)
The Heritage Gardens feature thousands of rhododendrons, including a collection of the world-renowned Dexter variety. While touring the gardens attendees will have the opportunity to test their Plant I.D. knowledge for prizes. Other horticultural areas of interest on our tour include: holly, daylily, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, as well as more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers.


Box lunches in the Heald Center


Rotational/concurrent sessions in the gardens
Session 1: 12:30–1:15pm Switch Session 2: 1:30–2:15pm

Hydrangeas at Heritage with Curator of Hydrangeas Mal Condon
Explore eight species and over 160 cultivars in the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Display Garden, composed mainly of popular older varieties. Learn about work being done in the North American Hydrangea Test Garden to evaluate the newest hydrangea introductions on several cultural levels, and hear some early thoughts on “the best of the best.”

Rhododendrons at Heritage with Director of Horticulture Les Lutz
Heritage Museums & Gardens owes much of its horticultural past to one man, Charles Dexter. From 1921–1943 Mr. Dexter worked to hybridize the genus Rhododendron. Heritage is now the home to the largest collection of Dexter Rhododendrons on the East Coast. Explore the work of Dexter and the results he produced.


Thank you and final remarks


Explore Heritage Museums & Gardens on your own or add an aerial adventure in the Adventure Park!


The Adventure Park! —add on ticket: $37 per ticket available only until August 14, 2017
The Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens is located on four wooded acres on Heritage-owned land that has not been previously open to visitors. It offers two experience options:

  • In the Trees On five “aerial trails” of varying degrees of difficulty, visitors will experience the tree canopy, be treated to unparalleled views of the gardens and partake in a fun and educational outdoor discovery experience.
  • On the Ground Interpretive pathways will guide visitors through the landscape to experience the beauty of Heritage’s world-renowned Dexter rhododendrons, see patterns in the forest, and understand the natural world from a new vantage point. Trail length: 1,368 linear feet (about 1/4 mile) of trails.

Visit the Heritage Adventure Park website for more information.

Receive 2 MCH credits toward continuing education for attending.


Host Location

Heritage Museums & Gardens is comprised of three galleries and expansive gardens located in historic Sandwich. Its exhibit galleries display American art and history collections, a vintage carousel, antique automobiles. This year’s special exhibitions include Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views and outdoor sculpture installations exploring Points of View.

The grounds also include the Old East Mill, a windmill built in Orleans, Massachusetts in 1800, a labyrinth designed by Marty Cain, one of the best-known labyrinth designers in North America, Flume Fountain with a water lily collection, the Hart Family Maze Garden, and North American Hydrangea Test Garden.


Overnight rooms available at:
Sandwich Lodge & Resort
Mention "Plant Geek" for special room rate of $116.10


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