Massachusetts Show Houses

Listings of showhouses and showhouse garden locations In Massachusetts towns, cities and counties

Historical Information:
2009-2010 SCHEDULE

Massachusetts Showhouses and Garden events
MAY 21 The 80th annual Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour will feature 12 gardens, four for the first time, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance ticket purchase, $30, at (617) 227-4392 and On May 21, tickets will be $35 at booths at Charles and Mount Vernon Streets and at Charles and Chestnut Streets.

MAY 31 Eight houses will be open from noon to 5 p.m., including an 1865 Mansard Victorian, four Colonial Revivals built between 1903 and 1925, and a 1920 Arts and Crafts house. The tour, sponsored by the Newton Historical Society, will take place in five historic neighborhoods. Tour tickets, $30 (members, $25), will be available at the Newton History Museum, 527 Washington Street (Jackson Street). For advance tickets, $25 (members, $20), and information: (617) 796-1450 and BOSTON
JUNE 20 Roof decks, patio spaces, backyards, neighborhood parks and community gardens will be part of the 16th annual South End Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust, which owns and maintains 16 community gardens. Tickets, $20, will be sold at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont Street (Rutland Square). Advance tickets, $17, and information at (617) 437-0999 and

JULY 11 Seven private gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Hidden Treasures of the Berkshires tour, including a site in a former quarry, with pine trees and stone deer lining the path to the small lake; the grounds of a Federal house, which is shaded by old-growth trees and lined with perennial beds; and a quiet country garden with a variety of plantings centered around a waterfall and koi pond. Advance ticket purchase, $30, is recommended, by check and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Lenox Garden Club, Box 552, Lenox, Mass., 01240. Box lunches, reserved by June 30, are $20. Tickets, if available on the day of the tour, will be $35 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1156 Ashley Falls Road in Ashley Falls. Information: (413) 298-3089 and

Massachusetts Showhouses and Garden events

Friday, May 22, 2009 in Framingham, MA Jazz with John and Friends at Garden in the Woods
Saturday, May 23, 2009 in Westford, MA Annual Plant Sale - Westford Garden Club
Thursday, May 28, 2009 in Brighton, MA Healthy Lawns and Landscapes - Free Workshop
Saturday, May 30, 2009 in Boylston, MA 24th Annual Tower Hill Plant Sale
Friday, June 05, 2009 in Framingham, MA Phish Friday - Garden in the Woods Music Festival
Friday, June 05, 2009 - Saturday, June 06, 2009 in Concord, MA 20th Annual Concord Museum Garden Tour
Saturday, June 06, 2009 in Andover, MA Andover Garden Club Plant Sale
Saturday, June 20, 2009 in Charlestown, MA Pocket Gardens of Historic Charlestown - Garden Tour
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - Saturday, June 27, 2009 in Boylston, MA Creating Your Own Oasis - Tower Hill Botanic Garden Lectures
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 in East Sandwich , MA Sandwich Garden Tour - Sponsored by Green Briar Nature Center
Ongoing/Continuing Events
Saturday, May 16, 2009 - Saturday, May 30, 2009 in Waltham, MA Garden Plant Sale at Gore Place
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - Saturday, May 30, 2009 in Framingham & Jamaica Plain, MA Native Woody Plant Materials: Two-Session Course
Tuesday, May 05, 2009 - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 in Boston, MA Your Garden As Habitat - Arnold Arboretum Lectures
Sunday, May 03, 2009 - Sunday, May 24, 2009 in Jamaica Plain, MA Creative Botany: Focus on Trees
Saturday, March 07, 2009 - Tuesday, June 02, 2009 in Northampton, MA TulipMania: Five Centuries of Mystery and Madness
Friday, February 06, 2009 - Saturday, February 06, 2010 in Cambridge, MA Through February 6, 2010 -- The Ware Collection of Glass Flowers at Harvard Museum of Natural History
Friday, September 26, 2008 - Sunday, September 06, 2009 in Cambridge, MA Through Sept. 6, 2009 -- Language of Color: Harvard Museum of Natural History Exhibit
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
The Worcester County Horticultural Society was incorporated in 1842 as a nonprofit educational organization for the purpose of advancing the science and encouraging and improving the practice of horticulture . . ." The Worcester County Horticultural Society (WCHS) the third oldest horticultural society in the U.S.A., is the governing nonprofit organization that owns and operates Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

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