Exploring the Gardens of Beacon Hill

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Once a year, several Beacon Hill Garden Club members open up their gardens for public viewing as part of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill self-guided tour. That time of the year is quickly approaching, which means you can soon visit a dozen or so of the area’s most beautiful gardens.

Enjoying Beacon Hill

Characterized by its gorgeous trees, brick sidewalks and window boxes overflowing with flowers, Beacon Hill is a historic Boston neighborhood with a population of slightly more than 9,000 people. Featuring Federal-style rowhouses, the neighborhood is known for its narrow, gaslit streets and beautiful homes. As home to the Massachusetts State House, which sits at the top of the hill, the term “Beacon Hill” is also often frequently used to refer to the state government or legislature.

In addition to being home to beautiful houses and the Massachusetts State House, the Beacon Hill neighborhood features numerous shopping and dining opportunities. From leisurely options for breakfast lunch and dinner to more formal options, there are plenty of restaurants to explore in Beacon Hill. The neighborhood is also home to many one-of-a-kind boutiques, all of which will be open on the day of the tour. From specialty food items and gifts to clothes and antiques, the stores on Charles Street have much to offer.

Taking the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour

The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill tour is a long tradition that honors urban gardening in Boston. Each year, the tour welcomes more than 2,500 visitors who explore the hidden gardens as well as the neighborhood’s restaurants, shops and museums. Complimentary lemonade, tea, coffee and light refreshments will also be served in the Church of the Advent from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. The church has an indoor room to enjoy the snacks, or visitors are invited to enjoy the lovely garden space that can be accessed via Mt. Vernon Square. Restrooms are also available at the church.

The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill tour tradition dates back to 1929 when the first tour took place on the third Thursday in May. The tour has continued to be offered every year, rain or shine and through major national events such as the Depression and World War II.

The 87th Annual Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour will take place on Thursday, May 19th from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The event will take place rain or shine, with hostess booths located at the corners of Charles and Mt. Vernon streets and Charles and Chestnut streets. The Green and Red Lines/Park are the closest T stations. The cost for the event is $35 for those who made advance reservations and $45 on the day of the event. It is important to note that no smoking or pets are allowed inside of the gardens and the gardens are not wheelchair accessible. As such, strollers and baby carriages are also not allowed inside of the homes. Also, no photography is allowed inside of the homes and children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Flat walking shoes are recommended for the tours.

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