The 1st Annual Jamaica Plain Garden Tour by the Trustees of Boston Community Gardens is this Saturday, and will feature more than 20 privately owned gardens.
This is a self-guided tour through 24 private and two public gardens. A garden owner or Trustees' volunteer will be at each garden to greet and check people at gardens in the Sumner Hill and Central neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain.
"There are some really wonderful gardens on the tour this year, everything from smaller but well-designed patio gardens to expansive perennial gardens with trees and shrubs," said Michelle de Lima, engagement manager for Boston Community Gardens, via email to Jamaica Plain News.
The gardens are varied, including creatively using urban spaces, formal English style gardens, rambling woodland landscapes and more. Many of the gardens you wouldn't even know existed if not visitable thanks to the tour. Garden tourees will be inspired by beautiful stonework, water elements and rare specimen plants.
The garden tour is a fundraiser for the Trustees and will benefit its 56 community gardens throughout Boston, 12 of which are in JP. You can buy tickets in advance by visiting www.trustees.org/jggt or on Saturday at JP Licks starting at 10 am. The tour is from 10 am to 2 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance/$24 at the event for Trustees members, or $25 in advance/$30 at the event for nonmembers.
It is recommended you start no later than 12:30 pm if you want to see all the gardens. A booklet will be provided that serves as a guide and a ticket for the tour.