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Don’t Miss Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich for Spring Blossoms

SANDWICH – If one were to categorize the glories of spring on Cape Cod, Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich would need its own category entitled “Nothing Comes Close.”

For the next week, the Rhododendron Festival highlights the property’s most famous flower, but seemingly around every corner, there lies a surprise of color, shape and form.

Word has it this year’s unusually mild weather could bring the best show of rhodies in years.

But the opulent rhodies could distract from some of the other sites, for example the Old East Mill, which was built in 1800 in Orleans; and there is so much more, including an antique auto collection. But back to the blossoms.

To acknowledge the abundance of blooms, the museum has helpfully posted a list of what blooms when at the start of the trail system around the 100-acre property. Looking down the list, the heart quickens: cherry trees, azaleas, lilacs, wisteria, and on and on. And, of course, the star of the show, premiering now: Rhododendrons.

About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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