It’s that time of year again, garden lovers! The South End Garden Tour is returning to Boston for its 19th year on Saturday, June 16th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour allows participants to view a variety of the neighborhood’s outdoor urban spaces, including rooftop terraces, parks, and community gardens.

The self-guided tour starts at the Boston Center for the Arts, where tickets will be available for purchase and participants can pick up a copy of the tour map, complete with descriptions of the included gardens. The gardens won’t be the only draw, though – the popular “Artists in the Garden” feature is returning this year. Participants can watch South End artists paint masterpieces as they wander through the tour’s gardens. The works of art will then be for sale at a reception at  City Year headquarters when the tour is over.

Tickets are available online for $20 in advance and at the door the day of the event for $25. Best of all, your ticket purchase will benefit some of the gorgeous gardens you’ll see on the tour! The tour’s proceeds will go to the South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust, a non-profit organization that protects community gardens and pocket parks in the neighborhood. And if you’ve attended the tour in past years, don’t worry about seeing the same properties over and over again – the tour changes every year!

Don’t forget to bring your copy of Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces by Meg Muckenhoupt on the tour with you. The stunning guide is full of information about the city’s most revered historic parks, as well as newer spaces, including healing gardens and hidden pocket parks.

Want MORE garden tours? Check out Meg’s recent blog post detailing each and every tour being held in June, 2012.

As publishers of books about Boston and New England, we like to think that we have a unique sense of what’s going on around the region – and we want to share it with all of you! The Union Park Press team is happy to bring you our “pick of the week” each and every Monday this summer.