You can tour 10 hidden gardens in Beacon Hill this week

The tour has been a Beacon Hill Garden Club tradition for more than 80 years.

Acorn Street in Beacon Hill.
Acorn Street in Beacon Hill. –ADD

On Thursday, you can discover the horticultural mysteries of the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Rain or shine, the Beacon Hill Garden Club expects more than 2,000 visitors to roam through a set of 10 gardens. The club has hosted this tour on the third Thursday in May since its founding in 1928.

These green spaces are considered hidden because they lay behind walls or behind private homes. Of the featured yards, most are owned and maintained by Beacon Hill Garden Club members. Some owned by non-members, known as “ribbon gardens,” may be viewed but not walked through.

All gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be experienced in any order. Guidebooks will be available at information tables outside of the Charles Street Meeting House, and club members will be on hand to supply route advice.


Tickets can be purchased online for $60. Proceeds from the event will directly support civic improvement, conservation, and environmental club projects.

Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour; Thursday, May 16 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Charles Street Meeting House, Boston; $60; all ages.