The sweeping grounds at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich are filled with collections of trees, flowers, herbs, shrubs, as well as several museums, a carousel, fine art, folk art, a labyrinth and a maze, a windmill, a mind-blowing automobile collection, and galleries, and…you get the picture.
The original owner, Charles O. Dexter, set the scene with his renowned experiments in plant hybridization. In 1969, Josiah K. Lily III, of Eli Lilly pharmaceutical family fame, stashed his family’s eclectic collections here. In springtime, the rhodies erupt with color. Annuals and daylilies shoulder the color throughout the summer, then shift the razzle dazzle back to the treetops for autumn’s firey arrival. Heathers, berries and evergreens hold onto the color through winter, until the rhodies perk back up again.
Garden-related workshops and activities run year-round, as do car shows, plant sales, and concerts.