Falmouth Daffodil Days at Spohr Gardens

Capd Cod daffodil in the garden.

Falmouth Daffodil Days 2013

Spohr Gardens is a six-acre garden on land once owned by the late Charles and Margaret Spohr. Each year, the Falmouth gardens celebrate Daffodil Days with guided tours, activities for children and hundreds of thousands of daffodils.

Daffodil Days
Daffodil Days

The gardens are located on the northern shore of Oyster Pond. The house that is located at the land’s highest point, overlooks the pond and Nantucket Sound beyond. The Spohrs met in the years after World War II when he was a patient at Mayo Clinic, recuperating after being severely wounded and she was his nurse. In 1950 they moved to Cap Cod, where he had summered as a child. Together they started planting their garden. The garden was a crucial part of their love story. What they created was so beautiful that strangers would often stop to visit. The Spohrs enjoyed showing visitors around or watching folks wander on their own through the windy grassy paths. The guests often ended up at Oyster Pond, after enjoying the flowers and trees along the way.

Daffodils were always Charles Spohr’s favorite flower, but they were just the starting point for their creation.  The gardens now have over a hundred varieties of perennials. Among the most abundant are: lilies, iris, azaleas, hydrangeas, climbing hydrangeas, skimmia, andromeda and rhododendrons.

The Spohrs also enjoyed trees. Among their plantings are: crabapples, cherry, noir magnolia, paulownia, plum, and fig, hollies, umbrella pines, tree peonies and three types of beach.  There are also weeping European and American beach. Recently the garden’s volunteers have started putting identification plaques on the trees.

Old Mill Stones at Sphor Gardens
Old Mill Stones

Charles Spohr was a civil engineer and he enjoyed collecting millstones, cobblestones, chains, lanterns, church bells and watering troughs. He collected scores of them, he referred to them as decorations. He scattered them like landscape art throughout the gardens. Margaret Spohr designed the gardens and together the Spohrs kept track of everything that was planted. That meticulous record keeping has proven to be invaluable to the volunteers who care of the garden today.

Charles Spohr died in 1997 and Margaret died in 2001. At that time the gardens were left to a charitable trust. Their wish was that the property stay open to the public three hundred and sixty-five days a year from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM.

About ten years ago the gardens had begun to show their age. The trees were badly in need of shaping and there were “bald spots” in the daffodil beds. The volunteers, known as, the Friends of Spohr Gardens”, began a serious restoration project. They enlisted the help of the Falmouth community. Among those who helped were the Girl Scouts, students from Falmouth High School and Falmouth Academy. They formed clean-up crews and planted over seven hundred bulbs.

Each year Daffodil Days becomes more special. In addition the Friends of Spohr Gardens are in the process of planting more perennials to extend the season. These gardens are a tranquil , setting for an afternoon stroll, a lovely place for a respite from crowds, technology and everyday worries.  The gardens are only a mile from the Palmer House Inn. During your stay at the inn a visit to Spore Gardens would be a pleasant addition to your total Cape Cod experience.

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Spohr Gardens
45 Fells Rd., off Oyster Pond Rd.
Falmouth, MA, 02540
tel.508-548-0623
Admission: Free
Hours: Daily 8-8
www.spohrgardens.org


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Cape Cod: Spohr Gardens

Daffodils at Sphor Gardens

Sights of Cape Cod: Spohr Gardens

These privately owned gardens on Cape Cod’s Oyster Pond are a tranquil setting for an afternoon stroll or a lovely venue for an intimate wedding. Spring bursts in to bloom here with Daffodil Days and the gardens are in perpetual bloom for the rest of the year. Be sure to include this sight on your Cape Cod Vacation.

Daffodil Days

Daffodils at Sphor Gardens
Daffodils at Spohr Gardens

Each year, the gardens celebrate Daffodil Days with guided tours, activities for children and hundreds of thousands of daffodils.  You can take home a piece of the Gardens by purchasing plants from the shop.  Purchases help to support the upkeep and maintenance of the Gardens and the volunteer efforts of the Friends of Spohr Gardens.

How the Gardens Grow

Volunteers keep these gardens beautifully maintained. With six acres of gardens, this location can be viewed in a pleasant afternoon. It is filled with pathways and trails, each taking visitors to delightful and surprising spots. We encourage you to sit and enjoy all the sights and sounds.

Flowers that can be found in season include tulips, azaleas, magnolias, flowering crab apples, rhododendrons that are over 40 years old, lilies, and climbing hydrangeas. Cape Cod has milder weather than the surrounding area so the blooms last that much longer.

Spohr’s Nautical Collections

  • Old Mill Stones at Sphor Gardens
    Old Mill Stones

    old millstones line some of the paths,

  • find bronze church bells among the daffodils, and
  • ships’ anchors line the waterfront next to the dock.

Small Cape Cod Wedding Venue

Spohr Gardens is a lovely setting for an outdoor garden wedding. The docks overlooking Oyster Pond make for a unique ceremony to remember. After the ceremony, hold your reception in one of Falmouth’s fine restaurants… and spend your romantic honeymoon in a charming Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast.

History of Spohr Gardens

Lilly of the Valley at Sphor Gardens, Cape Cod
Lilly of the Valley

Margaret and Charles D. Spohr began creating the gardens setting their home in the 1950s and welcomed the ever-growing number of visitors who had heard of its beauty. In 2001 the property was passed to their Charitable Trust with the stipulation that the gardens would be open to the public every day of the year from 8am to 8pm. No admission may be charged but tax deductible donations are accepted.

This beautiful garden will refresh and revitalize you — not just with it’s beauty, but also with the spirit of  it’s donors.

Directions to the Gardens

From Falmouth, take either Woods Hole Road or Surf Drive to Oyster Pond Road to Fells Road. There is a small parking area near the property at 45 Fells Road.

Spohr Gardens
45 Fells Rd., off Oyster Pond Rd.
Falmouth, MA, 02540
tel.508-548-0623
Admission: Free
Hours: Daily 8-8
www.spohrgardens.org

 

Daffodil Days

Daffodil on Cape Cod
Daffodil on Cape Cod

April 23th through May 1st are Falmouth’s Daffodil Days the town is blooming with all of these wonderful yellow flowers.

Spohr gardens is less than a mile from The Palmer House. There are thousands of daffodils to be admired. The gardens are open to the public from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM 365 days a year. You can take a leisurely walk in this beautiful six acre Cape Cod wonderland located on Oyster Pond. Come and sit by the pond, bask in the beauty of the flowers, listen to the song birds and enjoy the tranquility. Stroll the winding grassy paths while observing the many nautical treasures and other artifacts collected by Charles Spohr during his lifetime. For more information visit: www.spohrgardens.org