By Carol Stocker...This is the prime time of year for non-profit plant sales and garden tours. The oldest and most famous of is Thursday's nationally recognized Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill tour, which has raised millions of dollars for worthy projects. The Beacon Hill Garden Club also has a new book for sale this year with photos of gardens that have been on this tour. On May 16 this year's edition runs through 12 private gardens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a complimentary tea. Tickets are $40 for sale at 70 Charles St. visit www.beaconhillgardenclub.org for more information.
Other noteworthy events open to the public include:
May 15, 8 a.m. to noon, Lexington Field & Garden Club annual Plant Sale, National Heritage Museum, 330 Marrett Road, Lexington.
May 16, 7 p.m. Natick Garden Club Plant Auction, Natick Senior Center.
May 17-19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 32nd Annual Herb & Plant Festival at Green Briar Nature Center, featuring plant sale and lectures, Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich, www.thorntonburgess.org
June 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tower Hill 28th Annual Plant And Garden Accessory Sale. $5 admission. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive. PO Box 598, Boylston, www.towerhillbg.org