Where Memories Bloom Forever
Armstrong-Kelley Park at 675 Main Street in Osterville, MA is owned and operated by the Cape Cod Horticultural Society. The CCHS is a non-profit #501 (c) (3) organization.The society was established in 1928 and the land was given by generous patrons to the society in 1930. Cape Cod’s oldest and largest (8.5 acres) privately owned park open free to the public. Leashed pets welcome.
Over its 88 + years of history, Armstrong-Kelley has been building a greenspace for the residents of Osterville and the general public to enjoy. Come visit our 30 rare and unusual trees, as well as our trails, shady walkways, and specialty gardens. There are currently 1,400+ memorial boards encircling the Park.
Park Features include:
• Franklinia tree, virtually unknown in the wild
• 250 rhododendron
• Umbrella &big leaf magnolias, Japanese cedars, & stewartia
• A holly dell
• The John Folk Water garden
• Wetland, Woodland, Monge, and Buddy Place walkways with over 1,400 donated boards
• Seven hillside trails & Heath Hillside
• Liam’s train and Liam’s View
• Garden of verses
• Buddy's Place-Pet Memorial Garden within Buddy's Walkway
There are picnic tables and benches scattered throughout the acreage.
We have a special place in our hearts for children of all ages. We love it when families come to the Park. We are committed to making the Park kid friendly and offer educational activities throughout the year.
We are happy to allow people to reserve the park for a private function. If you are interested, click on "use of the park" on the left. When you reserve the park we close it to all other visitors for your exclusive use and privacy. We can accommodate small parties up to ~150 guests.
Pets are welcome at the Park provided they are leashed and owners provide and use pet disposal bags. We love good dogs, not "bad ones."
The park is open to the public from dawn to dusk throughout the year.
Polar Express Saturday, Dec 10th. Meet at Library at 2:30. Get your golden ticket. The conductor will meet you and walk you to the Park where you will hear, "All Aboard." Off to the North Pole on the train, sit in Santa's Sleigh, meet Santa. A special treat is in store for you and there will be Hot Chocolate!
Other News at AKP
There are now over 1,450 memorial boards throughout the gardens. The Woodland Walkway was full by spring 2015.
The new boardwalk named Buddy's Walkway is now open.
Is Buddy's Walkway just for Pets?
Some folks have asked us this. The answer is: No. If you stroll the boardwalks you will already see many pets remembered among the existing boards. The new area is no different. The pet memorial stones are dedicated to Man's Best Friend, but the boardwalks are open to all two-legged and four-legged friends.
On another note...
There's another slight problem...
Our little visitors run up the trails during the warm months and make Fairy Houses. BUT there appears to be some vandalism going on. PLEASE PLEASE do not either: take building materials from another house to make your house, or, destroy the houses. Not cool!
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