As spring turns to summer, we’ve reached the peak of garden tour season across the region. Here we offer a full schedule plus a photographic preview (below) of three of the tours:
- The South End Garden Tour in Boston on June 21 is a self-guided tour of more than 30 private gardens, rooftop terraces, neighborhood parks and community gardens. It highlights the wonders gardeners are able accomplish in tight spaces.
- Rockport’s Hidden Gardens tour on June 20 and 21 visits 17 gardens near the seaside community’s downtown—from kitchen gardens to meditational retreats to a backyard cottage oasis framing the harbor.
- The Gloucester Garden Tour on July 12 showcases 12 elaborately landscaped estates, many with spectacular ocean views along the city’s Back Shore. The features range from formal hedges to Japanese gardens to rolling lawns running down to the rocky coast.
June 20 and 21: Rockport’s Hidden Gardens tour
June 20 and 21: Portsmouth Pocket Garden Tour in New Hampshire
June 20 to 22: Secret Garden Tours in Newport, Rhode Island
June 21: South End Garden Tour in Boston
June 27 and 28: Wareham Garden Club “Scents of Summer” garden and kitchen tour
June 28 and 29: Nashua Garden Tour in New Hampshire
July 9: Green Briar Garden Tour in Sandwich
July 12: Gloucester Garden Tour
July 12 and 13: Gardens of Pittsfield tour
July 13: Secret Garden Tour in Provincetown
Sept. 5 to 7: Secret Garden Tours in Newport, Rhode Island
This article was originally published on June 19, 2014.