Welcome to Armstrong-Kelley Park
A historic park with rare tree arboretum, specialty gardens and hillside trails.
In a late-Spring 2020 vote, the Cape Cod Horticultural Society (CCHS)—which owns and maintains 8.5-acre Armstrong-Kelley Park in the village of Osterville—has approved a plan to be integrated into The Trustees, pending the completion of a fund-raising campaign.
Armstrong-Kelley Park, CCHS’s only landholding, is a garden and woodland oasis and treasured community resource, providing residents and visitors alike with a peaceful place to stroll, engaging activities, and a space for celebrations. Through this integration, Armstrong-Kelley Park will become a Trustees reservation, and its twelfth public garden, ensuring its protection from development and its ongoing maintenance and care in perpetuity. Trustees and CCHS—which has cared for the park since 1930—will begin a collaborative effort towards a comprehensive master plan for the enhancement and revitalization of Armstrong-Kelley Park.
A campaign is now underway to raise $2.25 million for restoration and expansion of the gardens, and improvements in parking and circulation, as well as ongoing community programming, property stewardship, and horticultural staffing. For more about The Trustees of the Reservations, and to contribute to the fund-raising effort to secure the integration, go to TheTrustees.org.
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 90 + years of history, Armstrong-Kelley has been building a green-space 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 1,505+ memorial boards encircling the Park.
* Franklinia tree, virtually unknown in the wild
* 250 rhododendron and azalea
* Umbrella & big leaf magnolias, Japanese cedars, Dawn Redwood & two Stewartia
* A holly dell of many varieties and look for the fringe tree
* The John Folk Water garden, sculpture and fish pond
* Wetland, Woodland, Monge, and Buddy Place walkways with over 1,505 donated boards
* Seven hillside trails & Heather Hillside installation
* Liam’s train and Liam’s View
* Garden of verses
* Buddy's Walkway & Pet Memorial Garden within Buddy's Walkway
* A certified wetland
* Asian benches overlooking the Fish Pond
* Plenty of picnic tables for gatherings
There are picnic tables and benches scattered throughout the acreage. Maps are available in the mailbox by the bulletin board near the green.
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.
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.
In June, the membership overwhelmingly approved the integration with the Trustees of the Reservations pending a successful fundraising campaign. This positive mandate will help the Trustees secure the necessary funds and move forward with our new conceptual MASTER PLAN. The maps below is show 1) as it is now and then 2) the next two images are its imagined in the near future.