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It’s June in Boston, everything is finally green, and it’s time to take a look at other peoples’ gardens.

Below is a list of upcoming Boston-area garden tours roughly inside Route 128 (with a few exceptions). If you’d rather listen to lectures about gardens, or tour a park, see the Green Space Boston Event Calendar for far more possibilities.

Friday, June 1

Concord: Concord Museum Garden Tour 9-4pm $32

“Each of the eight private gardens reflects the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire both new gardeners designing their first perennial bed and accomplished landscapers with acres of garden rooms.”

Saturday, June 2

Boston: MFA Outdoor Tour: Art, Architecture, and Gardens 2-3pm, free with Museum admission

An hour long walking tour of the Museum of Fine Arts and its Fenway neighborhood. Learn about the architecture of the MFA and nearby buildings, outdoor works of art, the Japanese Garden, and the Back Bay Fens. The tour is free with Museum admission and leaves from the Sharf Visitor Center.

Concord: Concord Museum Garden Tour 9-4pm $32

“Each of the eight private gardens reflects the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire both new gardeners designing their first perennial bed and accomplished landscapers with acres of garden rooms.”

Tuesday, June 5 

Fenway Victory Gardens: Finding History Inside and Out (Lecture and Tour)

View Massachusetts Historical Society artifacts from the Victory Gardens, then tour the gardens themselves.

Fenway Victory Gardens

Saturday, June 9

Ipswich: Castle Hill: The Designed Landscape 11am-12:15pm $10

Experience the art, architecture and landscape design highlights of this 20th century estate by the sea, a National Historic Landmark. Learn how landscape architects, including the Olmsted brothers, transformed a bare, sandy drumlin into a stunning country retreat. Explore formal garden rooms and other outbuildings. Investigate the original barn complex and walled vegetable garden, all part of a working farm which supported and sustained the estate. Breathtaking views included.

Lincoln: Glorious Gardens of the Codman Estate 10-11am $15

Historic New England gardener Ellen Mackey leads a walking tour through the Codman Estate landscape and gardens during the height of the June blooming season. The landscape is undergoing a significant restoration to bring it back to its appearance in the 1930s. Following the garden walk, enjoy a tour of the Codman House museum.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6690 for more information.

Sunday, June 10

Cambridge: Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour 10am-4pm $25

Please join the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library for its biennial Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour. Held every other year, the event will feature more than 24 Cambridge gardens. The self-guided tour is spread out over four neighborhoods. This year, the addition of 18 new gardens provides an opportunity to explore the city, discover new spaces and give exposure to new ideas, designs and gardening tips.

Tuesday, June 12

Boston: Greening the Greenway with Toby Wolf

Join Toby Wolf, landscape architect of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, on a walking tour of the Greenway. Explore concepts in landscape design and see new plantings with a renowned expert.

Wednesday, June 13

Boston: MFA Outdoor Tour: Art, Architecture, and Gardens 11am-noon, free with Museum admission

An hour long walking tour of the Museum of Fine arts and its Fenway neighborhood. Learn about the architecture of the MFA and nearby buildings, outdoor works of art, the Japanese Garden, and the Back Bay Fens. The tour is free with Museum admission and leaves form the Sharf Visitor Center.

Friday, June 15

Roxbury: Governor’s Tea At Shirley Eustis House 4-6 pm $25

Discover Roxbury hosts a third annual afternoon tea at the historic Shirley-Eustis House. Guests will experience this unique and grand colonial masterpiece with a savory menu that incorporates available seasonal berries and other delights. Participants will also tour the grounds, including the historic gardens and fruit trees with trustees of the historic property. The dress code is smart casual, with hats for ladies.

Tenshin-En Japanese Garden, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Saturday, June 16

Boston: MFA Outdoor Tour: Art, Architecture, and Gardens 2-3 pm, free with Museum admission

An hour long walking tour of the Museum of Fine arts and its Fenway neighborhood. Learn about the architecture of the MFA and nearby buildings, outdoor works of art, the Japanese Garden, and the Back Bay Fens. The tour is free with Museum admission and leaves form the Sharf Visitor Center.

Boston: South End Garden Tour 10am-4pm $25

This year’s rain-or-shine, self-guided Tour will kick off at the Boston Center For the Arts at 539 Tremont Street at 10 am. The Tour will feature many beautiful, diverse gardens in the South End – from pocket-sized patio spaces to rooftop terraces to neighborhood parks and Land Trust community gardens.

Chelmsford: Chelmsford Garden Club Mad Hatter Garden Tour 10am-4pm $20

The Chelmsford Garden Club will present a garden tour and Mad Hatter Tea Party Fundraiser on Saturday, June 16 from 10-4 p,m. and Sunday June 17 from 1-4 p.m. There will be six private gardens to tour and a Mad Hatter tea party with Mad Hatter floral arrangements from local florists at the historic Garrison House. At 2 p.m. there will be a lecture by Alan and Alison Tannebaum who will give a lecture on Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll.

Ipswich: Castle Hill: The Designed Landscape 11am-12:15pm $10

Experience the art, architecture and landscape design highlights of this 20th century estate by the sea, a National Historic Landmark. Learn how landscape architects, including the Olmsted brothers, transformed a bare, sandy drumlin into a stunning country retreat. Explore formal garden rooms and other outbuildings. Investigate the original barn complex and walled vegetable garden, all part of a working farm which supported and sustained the estate. Breathtaking views included.

Waltham: Discovering the Lyman Estate Landscape 1-2pm $5

The newly restored landscape at the Lyman Estate is an excellent example of a gentleman’s farm laid out in the English style. Tour this peaceful, bucolic setting with Historic New England gardener Ellen Mackey as she leads you through the grounds, narrating more than two centuries of farming and gardening history at this country estate.

Sunday June 17

Chelmsford: Chelmsford Garden Club Mad Hatter Garden Tour 1-4pm $20

The Chelmsford Garden Club will present a garden tour and Mad Hatter Tea Party Fundraiser on Saturday, June 16 from 10-4 p,m. and Sunday June 17 from 1-4 p.m. There will be six private gardens to tour and a Mad Hatter tea party with Mad Hatter floral arrangements from local florists at the historic Garrison House. At 2 p.m. there will be a lecture by Alan and Alison Tannebaum who will give a lecture on Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll.

Wednesday, June 20

Boston: Fenway Victory Gardens Open Gardens 5-7 pm

Join gardeners from the Boylston Section in their gardens, tour their plots, learn and grow. Light refreshment will be served

Rose Garden, Castle Hill, Ipswich

Saturday, June 23

Ipswich: Castle Hill: The Designed Landscape 11am-12:15pm $10

Experience the art, architecture and landscape design highlights of this 20th century estate by the sea, a National Historic Landmark. Learn how landscape architects, including the Olmsted brothers, transformed a bare, sandy drumlin into a stunning country retreat. Explore formal garden rooms and other outbuildings. Investigate the original barn complex and walled vegetable garden, all part of a working farm which supported and sustained the estate. Breathtaking views included.

Mattapan: Clark-Cooper Community Gardens Tour 9-10:30 am

Take a tour of this garden’s 250 plots, nestled on the former home of the Boston State Hospital, that have been lovingly attended to by Mattapan green thumbs. Join them for an open-garden session, kicked off by the community garden director and roam the nutrient and memory rich grounds, discussing the nuts and bolts of gardening with plot owners.

Roslindale: Roslindale Garden Tour 11 am-4 pm $20

Tour Roslindale, starting at the Garden Tour tent in Adams Park.

Wednesday, June 27

Boston: MFA Outdoor Tour: Art, Architecture, and Gardens 11am-noon, free with Museum admission

An hour long walking tour of the Museum of Fine Arts and its Fenway neighborhood. Learn about the architecture of the MFA and nearby buildings, outdoor works of art, the Japanese Garden, and the Back Bay Fens. The tour is free with Museum admission and leaves form the Sharf Visitor Center.

Saturday, June 30

Ipswich: Castle Hill: The Designed Landscape 11am-12:15pm $10

Experience the art, architecture and landscape design highlights of this 20th century estate by the sea, a National Historic Landmark. Learn how landscape architects, including the Olmsted brothers, transformed a bare, sandy drumlin into a stunning country retreat. Explore formal garden rooms and other outbuildings. Investigate the original barn complex and walled vegetable garden, all part of a working farm which supported and sustained the estate. Breathtaking views included.

Roxbury: Highland Park Garden Walk 10 am-noon $10

Walk behind the scenes – literally – into the verdant backyard gardens and green spaces of Highland Park/Fort Hill. View a rich profusion of flowers, a working farm, an orchard, and community gardens. The tour is led by the aptly-named Tom Plant, Director of Special Projects in the Environmental Health Office of the Boston Public Health Commission.

Meg Muckenhoupt is the author of Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces. She is a freelance environmental and travel writer and has recently developed a Boston Green Spaces App.  Her articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, the Boston PhoenixBoston Magazine, the Time Out Boston guide, and many other publications. She holds a certificate in Field Botany from the New England Wild Flower Society.

Meg is available to give talks on topics related to the history of Boston’s parks and other garden-related subjects. Visit her website for more information or contact shelby@unionparkpress.com.