Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

CCMNH Gardens Alive!



Our new CCMNH Gardens ALIVE! program follows our successful garden series from last year.  This year we’ve expanded the series to include a unique garden tour. 

Join us for any or all of the series.     


Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 am

Amanda Sloan, Landscape Architect

“Rain Garden Celebration”

Fee $10.00 — Reservations required


Rain gardens add beauty to an area and provide bird and butterfly habitats.  The Museum has been planning a rain garden for the past year and is ready to complete it.  Amanda Sloan, our rain garden designer, will discuss the design, construction and environmental impacts of our garden.  In the spirit of eco-tourism, participants will then help us finish the final plantings and celebrate with cake.

Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

CCMNH Gardens ALIVE! Plant Marketplace


Perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, and houseplants plus a HUGE SELECTION OF NATIVE PLANTS especially for Cape Cod Gardens.   Together in one place for one day only an opportunity to purchase many different plants from  Crocker Nurseries, & Pine Tree Nursery

Get FREE expert advice from Native Plant experts, landscaping professionals, and master gardeners.  FREE! Seminars and displays on Bee & Butterfly Gardens, Rain Gardens, Composting, Shade Gardening, and more.


Friday, June 27 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Nature and Art Garden Tour



A unique tour with a naturalist and artist in each garden.  View artists at work while getting ideas for your own garden.  Some of the gardens will be open to the public for the first time.  Begin your tour with a guided walk through the Lyn Peabody Wildflower Garden at the Museum.  Don’t miss a chance to see the “Garden Troll” that appears on our Web-site at one of the gardens.  Tour maps ($25.00 per person) available from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm day of event at the Museum.


Save on a “package deal”


Purchase the two Lectures, the Rain Garden Celebration, and the Art and Nature Garden Tour for $35.00.


Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 pm

Brian Lawlor of the Nature Conservancy

“The Vineyard Habitat Network”

Fee:  $5.00


Learn how you can help reduce habitat fragmentation and protect Cape Cod’s ecosystems. Brian Lawlor will describe “The Vineyard Habitat Network,” a program developed by the Nature Conservancy on Martha’s Vineyard.  Their goal is to help landowners support biodiversity and enhance ecological resilience by mitigating impacts of fragmentation.  One component of the program is the native plant nursery on the Vineyard that produces local-origin native plants.  Brian was born in Dennis and has done research on endangered species, education, gardening and land management.  Brian worked at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History as an interpreter in our Aquarium and as an assistant for KidSummer.


Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 pm

Tim Boland, Polly Hill Arboretum, West Tisbury Martha’s Vineyard

“American Oaks: A Genus to Love”

Fee: $5.00


Our American Oaks are extraordinarily diverse, display complex ecological relationships, and play an important planetary role in ecosystem stability.  Join Tim Boland as he examines this wonderful genus, with an emphasis on understanding the oaks of eastern North America.  He will discuss their evolutionary history, their importance to other flora and fauna, and their challenges today in a rapidly changing climate. Tim is a botanist who specializes in oaks and has studied them from Mexico to New England.  He is currently compiling a Flora of Martha’s Vineyard, which includes six native oak species and complex hybrids.