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Notes from Lands End

Gardening Trends in Provincetown & Truro

April 28th, 2014

The Outer Cape is magical in the spring, especially with this past year’s long winter. We are aching to get our hands in the dirt; the gardeners among us can’t wait! This roving scribe went to Provincetown’s Garden Renovations and Bayberry Gardens in Truro to get the latest trends for our yards, patios and decks.

Pass by those big box stores on your way back to the Cape and work with these local garden centers that care so deeply about the land - and you.

Ready for the gardener’s sweet spot, May, Garden Renovations is on Race Point Road across from Route 6 in Provincetown and owned by Jen Crooks. She came to town in May of 2000 from the South and started a landscaping business with $250.00 and a lot of passion. The acquisition of the former Gaskill’s Nursery in 2008 allowed her to offer plants to the public as well. Jen and her gracious and talented staff, Jean, Jennifer and Raddi, among others, love what they do.

The space is a large garden with a nursery within. An exquisite collection of flowers, herbs, shrubs and trees that are suited for the area are displayed throughout, with a greenhouse and a potter’s shed with accessories. Garden Renovations is also introducing a limited cut flower service for special events and weekly arrangements. Wonderful!

Bayberry Gardens is just past the Pamet Center/Truro Line coming in from the Upper Cape. Started in 1977 by Paul and Debbie Souza, their daughters Brittany and Natalie left for college and both returned to create a family affair at the business.

Natalie’s husband, Gray, runs the landscaping/hardscaping service. Brittany’s husband, Tom, works with the nursery crew which includes Andy, Beth, Jack, Jim, and Peggy. Native plants are a house specialty, as well as a new grafted tomato (from a secret source) that combines a strong root stock with heirloom varieties. Bionic!

A building with an adjoining greenhouse anchors the grounds with displays of annual and perennial flowers, trees both large and small, herbs and vegetables. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.

Both of these Gardens of Eden agreed on these current trends at Lands End.

1. A room outdoors: When you spend from November to March indoors, the summer nights can be delightful with an outdoor area for entertaining or quiet contemplation. Pick smaller trees and bushes to anchor a group of lounge chairs or table. Look for interesting planters and trellises to go vertical and containers to keep it ever-changing.

2. Containers: Combining flowers, herbs and greens rather than only decorative plants lets homeowners enjoy a small space to the fullest. Pots or boxes can change throughout the season, with early pansies replaced by summer flowers like edible nasturtiums later on. Both nurseries provide lovely options for food and floral combinations.

3. Growing your own food: Raised garden beds and vegetable patches are replacing grass in many a yard on the Outer Cape. With a farm-to-table wave throughout the region, plant what you can and go to the area’s farmer’s markets for the rest. The most popular veggie of all, the tomato, is actually a fruit. Check in with Garden Renovations or Bayberry Gardens to get the ‘go’ button on planting them. The growing season is a little late this year.

Pass by those big box stores on your way back to the Cape and work with these local garden centers that care so deeply about the land - and you.


Pot (Bayberry Gardens) holds ajuga, sedum, purple salvia, creeping thyme, pink chintz surrounded by pieris japonica and pussy willow.

Outdoor patio (Garden Renovations) includes ninebark, limelight hydrangea, skip laurel, lavender, pot of herbs, cherry tree and knockout roses

Flowerbox (Garden Renovations) has purple leaf basil, large leaf basil, petunias, lavender, fennel, verbenia and parsley.

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Professional blogger/self-publishing pioneer Laura Shabott lives in and writes about Provincetown. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1992) and recently published a 2014 update of her authorship guide, Confessions of an eBook Virgin: What Everyone Should Know before They Publish on the Internet. A 2013 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) winner, Shabott is working on FISH: a Novel. The author shares a home and a garden with her partner Jacques Macara, a retired commercial fisherman and a native son.

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