Six Spectacular Concord Gardens
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “When I go into a garden, I think, if it were mine, I should never go out of it.” After two years of watching spring’s beauty through windows and screens, the time has come to experience the great outdoors! The Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers are pleased to present the 33rd annual Garden Tour in an in-person format. Garden lovers like Emerson will be able to tour six glorious private gardens, many on historic and spectacular properties, on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 2022 (rain or shine) from 10:00am to 4:00 pm.
Each of the private gardens reflect the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire both new and accomplished gardeners. For example, one of the unique and completely owner designed gardens, has a multitude of variegated foliage. It includes a wide range of plants, including cranesbill, Clematis, Hosta, and unusual grasses and ferns. The front terrace is modeled after a garden in Provence with mounds of boxwood complementing the stone structure. Moving from France to Italy, another garden features a somewhat formal Palladian setting with a long rectangle of lawn and plantings.
Still another property was carefully designed to transition the formal perennial garden surrounding the swimming pool to a practical vegetable garden and fruit trees. These give way via a scenic gate to a semi-wild area that features birch trees amongst naturalized grasses. The terrace near the house provides an expansive view over the open field below.
The river figures prominently in another owner’s garden design, with a table, benches, and hammocks for river viewing. Care has been taken to incorporate native plantings in the garden design to benefit birds, animals, and pollinating insects while also providing eye-catching blooms. A meadow with fruit trees, grasses, and wildflowers provides a serene landscape, with the cultivation of grapes and blueberries evokes Concord’s agricultural heritage.
The Garden Tour is self-guided and self-paced. Tickets are good for either or both days, however each garden may only be visited once. Garden goers should arrive at 9:00am to pick-up maps and programs prior to starting out at the Concord Museum. Tickets may be purchased online at concordmuseum.org or the day of the tour. Advance tickets may be purchased through May 29 and save $5. Become a member of the Museum and save $10! Member tickets Early bird: $30; Regular $35. Non-member Tickets: Early-Bird $40; Regular $45. www.concordmuseum.org
All proceeds of the Garden Tour fundraiser go to the Concord Museum’s education initiatives. This year’s Guild of Volunteers co-chairs are Carolyn Myers and Pam Nelson.
Concord Museum’s 2022 Garden Tour Sponsors include:
Lead Garden Sponsors: Mahoney’s Garden Center; Evarts+McLean+Co, Compass Real Estate; Hartney Greymont.
Garden/Map Sponsors: Marquis Tree Service, Inc.; Nancy Cole Team, Compass Real Estate; Francis Walker at Coldwell Banker.
Patron: Foley-Fiore Architecture; Pumpkin Brook Organic Gardening, Inc.; Kitchen Outfitters; Season’s Four, The Outdoor Living Store; Cambridge Savings Bank; Lipcon Construction.
Contributor: Alden Landscape Design; Jane Rupley Landscape Design; Laurel Gardens, Russell’s Garden Center; Lazaro Paving Corporation.
Retail Partners: J. McLaughlin and Sara Campbell.
Media Sponsors: New England Home and Discover Concord.