June 15-19: WAFA The 10th World Flower Show of the World Association of Flower Arrangers is at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. This show is a must see for Boston fans of art and design as well as flower arranging. Top floral designers from 30 countries have interpreted dance, weather, fireworks, and birds on a grand scale with 600 giant competing arrangements. Manikins feature clothing made from flowers and leaves. Tickets at the door are $30.This is the first time this giant show has been held in the U.S The next one will be held three years from now in Dublin. For more information, see my article from last Saturday on the HOUSE AND HOME PAGE or visit www.wafausa.org.
June 17-19 NEWPORT SECRET GARDEN TOURS HELP PRESERVE ARTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS A walking tour of the fifteen private gardens of Newport’s colonial Point neighborhood usually closed to the public will be held to benefit local students in the form of grants for arts and music education. Attendees will get a rare glimpse inside the walls and fences of these unique Newport properties on a planned self-guided walking tour.Organized by Myra Duvally, the Secret Garden Tours have raised more than $1.25 million since 1984 for local students who would have otherwise been unable to pursue their artistic or musical dreams. The tours are self-guided to accommodate attendees’ schedules and create a unique experience for each attendee. The event will be June 17th, 18th and 19th, 2011 10AM to 5PM rain or shine.Tickets purchased in advance for the event can be used at anytime throughout the weekend and are available for $20.00 when ordered in advance or $25.00 at the event. The tours start at 10am each day at 33 Washington Street, Newport. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.secretgardentours.org or call 401-847-0514
June 18: Boston's SOUTH END Garden Tour Features en plein eire artists who will sell pieces at the day's end reception. The self-guide tour includes 20 private and community gardens Saturday, 10-4 p.m. Tour goers start at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. Tickets are $25 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the South Ent/Lower Roxbury Open Space and Land Trust, which protects 16 community and pocket parks. Visit southendgardentour.org or call 617-347-0999 for more details.
June 25: QUINCY"S 6th annual Wildflower Festival on Nut Island in Houghs Neck, Quincy, includes a light breakfast, slideshow and guided wildflower garden walking tour of eight neighborhood gardens. For tickets, call Joanne Bythrow, 617-479-9039, of the Houghs Neck Garden Club
June 25 WEST ROXBURY Evening Garden Club presents "We're Flowering in West Roxbury 2011" It will be held on Sat. June 25 from 10am-3pm. The tour is self-guided and is held rain or shine. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of. They may be purchased by calling 617-469-3368 or 617=327-4019 or at Roche Bros. on Centre St. West Roxbury
June 26: TOWER HILL'S 17th Annual City Spaces/Country Places Garden Tour
10 AM - 4 PM
Advance Sales: Tower Hill Members $20, Non-members $25
Patron $75, Sponsor $125
Day of Tour: Tower Hill Members $25, Nonmembers $30
Visit 7 private gardens of distinction on this exclusive self-guided tour. This year's tour features elegant gardens in Worcester and nearby Holden. Ticket also includes admission to Tower Hill, which is hosting a Rose Show on the day of the tour. Become a sponsor or patron to help show your support. All ticket proceeds from the 2011 City Spaces/Country Places Garden tour will support education programs at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Order tickets online at www.towerhillbg.org, or call 508-869-6111. Tickets on the day of the tour may be purchased at Tower Hill, 11 French Drive, Boylston, Mass.
June 30: HYANNIS PORT - Heritage Museums & Gardens presents Enchanted Gardens Tour in Hyannis Port...—Heritage Museums & Gardens will host the seventh annual Enchanted Gardens Tour on Thursday, June 30 from 9:30am to 3:30pm. This walking tour provides a rare opportunity to explore ten exquisite private cottage gardens, which are normally not open to the public, in historic Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. The tour includes an optional luncheon at the Hyannis Port Club. Participants will have an opportunity to shop at A Garden Boutique, featuring floral jewelry and exclusive gifts for the garden and home inspired by the horticultural collections of Heritage Museums & Gardens, located at the club during the luncheon.The Enchanted Garden Tour will start at the Melody Tent parking lot on Scudder Avenue, off Main Street across from the Conference Center Hotel, in Hyannis. Shuttle buses to the gardens will run at 10-minute intervals from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Proceeds from the Enchanted Garden Tour benefit Heritage Museums & Gardens education programs. Tickets are $50/member, $55/non-member for the tour only and $75/member, $80/non-member for the tour and lunch. To register, contact Arlene Hoxie at email@example.com or 508.888.3300 ext. 111. On the day of the event, tour registration will be at the Melody Tent parking lot.