Annual Garden Tour Set for May 16

On Thursday, May 16, the Bea-con Hill Garden Club will host its 84th annual tour of the Hidden Gardens and inaugural President’s Luncheon at the Hampshire House, in addition to celebrating the release of its new book, “The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill: Creating Green Spaces in Urban Places.”

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, the self-guided tour welcomes visitors to 12 hidden gardens, as well as four “ribbon” gardens viewable only from the street. Tour tickets ($35) and VIP tickets ($75, which includes tour ticket, President’s Luncheon and gift) are available for purchase at the Garden Club’s Web site.

Advance reservations are required for the President’s Luncheon, where guests will enjoy a buffet overlooking the Public Garden. Tour tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 each at select Charles Street stores and for $40 each at the Hostess Booths on Charles Street on the day of the event.

All tour guests are also invited to enjoy complimentary tea and refreshments at the Church of the Advent and shop the Tour Boutique.

Meanwhile, the Garden Club Book Committee has created its fifth edition – an 88-page, hardbound book that features 111 color photographs by the likes of Peter Vanderwarker and Thomas Lingner/The Able Lens. Priced at $35, the book will be released in May and available for purchase on tour day and through the organization’s Web site.

Through proceeds from its annual Hidden Gardens tour and the publication of its “Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill” books, the Garden Club has donated more than $1 million to over 200 local, state and national horticultural and conservation organizations to date.

For more information, or to purchase tickets and “The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill: Creating Green Spaces in Urban Places,” visit

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