Armstrong-Kelley Park

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Our Umbrella Magnolia had a rough year in 2011.  It was a dry summer, hot and sultry.  We had a big blow and the tree, now over 20' tall, blew over in the wind.  Our good friends at Bartlett Tree came to the rescue and righted it and staked it. 

The winter and spring of 2012 have been record breaking warm and dry again.  We were elated to see the Magnolia made it through and is in flower as of May 19th.  We snapped a couple of pictures for your enjoyment.  One is a blossom in its early stages of flowering, the other with the seed head starting to develop.  Enjoy.

To learn more about this tree, visit:

Self-Guided Tour of our Unusual Specimen Trees.  Two choices: 1) Roll the cursor over the name and buttons will appear to move through gallery. 2) Download a paper copy and stroll the Park
Probably the most unusual tree in our collection is the Franklinia Alatamata, known as the Franklin tree.  It is very rare and hardly ever found in the wild.  A wild specimen was recently found at the Ashumet Holly Reservation.  Ours is a full size specimen.  Propagation is most difficult. 

To see a full description and here's its connection to Benjamin Franklin, click here.

Tips on propogating a Franklinia.

More pictures and descriptions from our collection will be added in 2012 when they come into flower.  Check the photo gallery tab for more pictures. 

Our Franklinia "blooms" in the pages of Cape Cod Life's April 2012 edition.  Read on.

CCHS Master Plan

CCHS developed a master plan which has guided the development and construction of the park.  It is divided into a botanical specimens and park land in the frontage, a koi pond, and Holly Dell, Liam's View, and seven trails going up the hillside. 

You will find a copy of the Master Plan in mailboxes placed around the property.   It comes in very handy--for instance-- for our participants in the Fall Fesitval Scavenger Hunt.

John Folk Water Garden

The water garden was established in 2003 and named for former president, John Folk. It was redesigned in 2010 as a Japanese themed koi pond.  A Japanese themed garden is based on a number of principles to allow the viewer to detach from their day-to-day activities for a period of time and view the space as an idealized, restful place.  We encourage you to Rest, Remember, Reflect, and Renew yourself as you listen to the water trickle down the raceway into the 1700 gallon pond.  Our fish remain in the pool throughout the year and are active from mid-spring until Thanksgiving then they go into a semi-dormant state until the sun warms the water in spring.  Click here to see a video of the pond in flower in May.