Bobbie Williams Garden Thriving at One Year

A Museum visitor recently sent the Friends a note saying how much he’d enjoyed seeing the CCMNH gardens.  About the Bobbie Williams Native Plant Garden he said, ​”The potent little garden with all the Columbine and native honeysuckle vine was…spectacular. ”

We think he’s right! Take a look at this mid-July photo, celebrating the garden’s first full year. Better yet, stop by and see the garden in person. It’s…spectacular.


2018 Plant Sale Exceeds Expectations

The 2018 Friends plant sale featured its largest ever variety of native plants

High time for a quick report on the June 2, 2018, Friends’ Plant Sale & Native Plant Marketplace!  With still a few native plants looking for homes, we’re closing in on $6000 in gross receipts.  It’s a record! even after we figure the cost of pots, soil, and extra expenses (yes, we provided a Box o’ Joe and some doughnut holes for Plant Sale Volunteers).

Plant expert Michael Talbot was on hand to answer gardening questions

The turnout was spectacular, and we are pleased to think that we’re helping spread the word about Native Plants for Native Pollinators (and other Cape Cod denizens).

Plant information sheets were posted to help customers make their selections

Alison Rilling tallies up a purchase

Next year, we hope more CCMNH Friends, members, and neighbors will donate plants — native or not — from their own gardens. Keep an eye out for communications from the Gardening For Life volunteers next fall, when our Traveling Garden Party will be available to help you pot up your extra plants for next year’s sale.

Thanks to everyone for your support!


Images from Friends Whale Watch Trip

The Friends had a beautiful spring day for their whale watching trip on the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown harbor. Thanks to Bob Smith for taking these great photos!

Be sure to save the date for the Friends fall trip: Boston harbor ferry to Fort Warren, George’s Island, Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Details and reservation info TBA.

Elaine Allard, Claire O’Connor Rice, Myles and Sue Marcus enjoy the day


Potting Day for Native Plants

Potting Day took place May 1 when the Friends gathered under the big tent to repot native plant seedlings for the upcoming plant sale.  Eighteen ladies (yes, all ladies) pitched in and potted up around 1200 seedlings in 3 hours. These plants will be available for purchase at the Friends’ Annual Plant Sale and Native Plant Marketplace, Saturday June 2,  9:00-2:00. Click here for more info.

Front row, l-r: Nancy Wigley, Alice Berry, Pam Turnbull, Shirley Vautin, Betty Pickering. Back row: Ann Harris, Kristin Andres, Helen Gigley, Carol Lucibella, Nancy Hipp, Jan Evans, Lois Katanik, Connie Maney, Kathy Budreski, Alison Rilling, Ellie Johnson, Judy Brister (?), Dee Anson

Connie Maney and Kathy Budreski


Lois Katanik and Dee Anson


GFL Lecture Series Concludes

In Mike Bald’s lecture on invasive species, he emphasized the ongoing nature of eradicating unwanted invasives. Being a good steward, he reminded us, means being present on the land.

This was the final presentation in the Gardening For Life 2018 speaker series.
The annual Friends Plant Sale and Native Plant Marketplace on June 2 will give attendees a chance to use what they’ve learned!

Friends Spring Trip: Whale Watch Cruise

The Friends of CCMNH spring trip will take place on Tuesday May 22, 2018 with a whale watch cruise aboard the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown. Cost is $54 per person and includes cruise and lunch at Napi’s in Provincetown.

Click here for details. Deadline for reservations is May 11 so if you are interested in going you should call the museum now at 508-896-3867 x133.


Everyone is at the GFL Lecture Series

A Companion Dog apparently wasn’t too interested in Kathleen Connolly’ s talk,  “Grow Your Own Meadow, Large or Small,” the third lecture in the 2018 Gardening for Life speaker series. But everyone else was! A capacity crowd filled the CCMNH auditorium.

The final talk of the series will be on April 29 at 1:00pm when Mike Bald will present “Weeds & Invasive Species: What You Can Do.”

Click here to buy tickets online.



April Meeting: Adventures on the Outer Cape

Mark McGrath will present “Adventures on the Outer Cape” on Tuesday, March 10 in the CCMNH auditorium. There will be a potluck lunch at 12:30 with the program beginning about 1:30.

In their seventies Mark and his wife Patti walked the entire perimeter of Cape Cod, walking only on the beach and swimming across all the rivers. He will discuss the challenges, beauty, solitude and ultimate satisfaction of the year-long adventure.

Highlights will include a walk and swim across Pleasant Bay, sleeping in dune shacks, a lighthouse, and on Pleasant Bay islands in a bivvy bag. Winter, hiking, sunsets, parties and a few oddball and humorous stories will show that the outer Cape is a fantastic place for adventures.

Mark and Patti McGrath grew up in the Boston area, lived their child rearing and job lives in Hartford and retired to Harwich 18 years ago. Mark has been a co-leader of the Eastham Hiking Club for the last 7 years. He is a member of the Viewfinders Camera Club and Chatham-Harwich Newcomers, He enjoys hiking, kayaking, golf, skiing, skating and photography.


GFL Lecture Series Continues

More than 100 people came to hear Dan Jaffe discuss Native Plants for New England Gardens on March 11, the first lecture in the 2018 Gardening For Life Speaker Series at CCMNH.

Dan’s talk was followed by a Q&A, and then listeners lined up to buy copies of the latest book from the New England Wild Flower Society, Native Plants for New England Gardens, with text and photos by Dan Jaffe and Mark Richardson.

The GFL Lecture Series continues Sunday April 8 at 1:00 when Kathleen Groll Connolly presents Grow  Your Own Meadow, Large or Small.

Click here to buy tickets online.