Hidden Garden Tour is May 21

With a record number of gardens never seen before, this tour is one not to miss.

This year’s tour on Thursday, May 21, will open the gates to 12 hidden gardens, five of which are new member gardens and three “ribbon” gardens that are viewed from the street. This is a self-guided tour and takes place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Considered one of Boston’s landmark spring traditions, the “Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill” annual tour is an opportunity to experience the neighborhood at its best. Strolling the charming streets with trees in bloom overhead, you are invited to visit private gardens and, in some cases, view home interiors on your way to the courtyards.

Each garden reflects the taste of the homeowner – some are classic and formal, others more casual and playful. All of the gardens are respites from urban life and will inspire your own garden whether in the city or suburbs.

All tour guests are invited to enjoy complimentary tea and refreshments at the Church of the Advent, where the club’s latest book will be available for purchase. While stock lasts, the Beacon Hill Garden Club will be distributing complimentary gift bags at the Tea thanks to this year’s in kind sponsors: Farrow & Ball, New England Home and Beacon Hill’s newest boutique, Follain.  The bags will be filled with Farrow & Ball items, New England Home’s current issue and a beauty care sample from Follain.

Advance tour tickets ($35) are available for purchase online at the tour’s new website www.beaconhillhiddengardenstour.org where you can also find FAQs, past tour photos and a shopping and restaurant directory. Tour tickets can also be purchased at select Charles Street stores and on the day of the tour for $45 at the information booths on Charles Street.

Proceeds from the tour support local and national horticultural, environmental and civic organizations.

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