Springtime on Cape Cod invokes images of fields germinating, baby lambs darting across meadows, the bright green of fresh grass and of course the ubiquitous daffodil, a harbinger of summer which is right around the corner. The best place to see fields of waving daffodils is on a drive to Woods Hole where they will entice you all along Woods Hole Road and lead you right into the incredible six acre Spohr Gardens, one of the loveliest small public gardens on Cape Cod.
This land was placed into conservation by a very generous couple, Margaret and Charles Spohr, and a non-profit group called Friends of Spohr Gardens maintains it. From the parking lot, a gentle sloping path leads you past thousands of daffodils nestled in the trees amid a series of grist mill wheels artfully placed. At the bottom of the hill, enjoy the view of Oyster Pond where you might see a swan or two swim past. From here, you can smell the salt water as the southwest wind blows the spray off Surf Drive and across the pond.
Walk out onto the small dock and look back at the reinforced shoreline which has been arranged with old anchors and ship detritus painted jet black. If you are lucky an osprey will swoop past. Or a butterfly will alight, resting for a moment from the breeze. Consider bringing a kayak for a paddle around this lovely pond, where on the opposite side you will find a bird sanctuary. Birders delight in this kind of quiet locale where Cape Cod birds tend to gather in droves, in springtime the swans nest and you might see their cygnets.
Spohr Gardens is a short walk or drive from the Woods Hole Inn, and is especially appreciated by locals and guests at this time of year. Don’t miss a visit to this special place in spring on Cape Cod.