Meet Bill Cannon: The Cape Cod Holly Man


Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe / WBZ

BREWSTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – He is known as the Cape Cod holly man and it is easy to see why.

87-year-old Bill Cannon has some 400 varieties of holly bushes and trees at his one-acre farm in Brewster. He boasts that it is the largest holly farm in New England.

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The trees, which hail from all over the world, stretch as tall as 50 feet. They also have different colored berries ranging from red and orange to yellow and white. Cannon said taking care of the holly has been a family tradition.

“My dad liked hollies,” he said. “He started planting a few and I gave him a couple. After he died I started really planting.”

Cannon has even created and registered four of his own unique holly bushes. One is an American holly which Cannon named after his oldest daughter, Suzanne.

“It is absolutely beautiful,” he said.

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Cannon is even able to make some money off his holly venture by snipping off branches and selling them to a local florist and general store. Perhaps the best part of Cannon’s hobby is helping him feel young.

WBZ’s Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) went on a walk with Cannon to learn everything there is to know about holly:

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