By Karen Pierson and Jan Brink Two days before the British-American alliance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May, fourteen Cape-Cod-based gardeners, mostly master gardeners, arrived in London for an experts’ tour of iconic English gardens. Head gardeners, estate managers, Kew botanical researchers, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) associates and passionate landowners revealed ecological lessons more pertinent to our fragile peninsula than classic garden design. Scorning chemicals (including fertilizer), minimizing resource use by … [Read more...]
Water Water Everywhere
Water Water Everywhere features articles of interest on a variety of topics all related to the health and history of our Orleans water bodies.
The Orleans Pond Coalition extends its appreciation to The Cape Codder for printing “Water, Water, Everywhere” each month.
By Betsy Furtney As Orleans continues to walk “the long and winding road” to improved water quality, Orleans Pond Coalition would like to remind readers of five very dedicated women who have worked more than 17 years to improve marine and fresh water quality and achieve healthy ponds. You may already know Carolyn Kennedy, Judy Scanlon, Joanne Figueras, Sandy Bayne and Judith Bruce. But if you haven’t met them yet, they are easy to find at Orleans’ Conservation Commission, Marine and Fresh Water Quality Task Force, Shellfish … [Read more...]
By Pam Herrick My family, adventurers from Colorado, moved to the shore of Lonnie’s Pond when I was 8. The year was 1941. But the adventure really began a bit later, when I climbed into a rowboat for the fist time, figured out how to make the oars move and set off across Lonnie’s Pond to get the mail at our mailbox on Monument Road. Our driveway and road to the tip of Mayflower Point was a two-lane dirt road. If there was any traffic, it came about three feet from our house. My mother bought a Sharpie sailboat we named … [Read more...]
By Mon Cochran Dateline: May 22, 2050 Commonwealth engineers met today with the Selectmen from Orleans and Eastham to discuss the design of a Rt. 6 bridge spanning Jeremiah’s Gutter, also known as the Outer Cape Canal. During the past several years the Rt. 6 rotary on the Orle-ans/Eastham line has repeatedly flooded at high tide, caused by sea water flowing from Cape Cod Bay into Town Cove. Scientists predict that the steady annual increases in sea level that have occurred over the past thirty years will continue through the … [Read more...]
By Per John Ostman Like many towns of Cape Cod, Orleans is defined by its waters. However, you may never have thought about it this way before - Orleans is surrounded on seven sides by water. If you live in Orleans there are four “sides” you know well, Cape Cod Bay (think Rock Harbor and Skaket Beach), the Atlantic Ocean (think Nauset Beach), Pleasant Bay (think, well, Pleasant Bay) and Nauset Harbor (think Town Cove and Nauset Marsh). But, there are a few not quite as obvious. Now consider all the salt and fresh water Ponds … [Read more...]