Welcome to this new section of Garden Tours New England. When you're planning which garden tours to attend this summer, consider visiting public gardens as well. You'll be surprised at the hidden treasures that abound in your area or farther afield. New England offers a wealth of gardens open for public enjoyment, some year-round, often with special events to keep you coming back. They range from the well known such Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts to the smaller, delightful surprises such as Tarbin Gardens in Franklin, New Hampshire.
To get this section underway, I've started with several gardens for each state, providing a description for each one. Some of these I've visited in the past and have provided a link to either my photo gallery or blog for further information. While I list the address, phone number, and website link for each garden, I have not included hours or other pertinent information as these can change over time. So please call or check each garden's website for the most current information on hours, admission fees, directions, and events.
I will be adding to this list each month as time allows and hope this section will encourage people to visit these gardens, many of which are on our doorstep! Also, write to me with additional information for the gardens listed or suggestions on gardens to add based on your experiences. I would love to hear from you!
Sometimes the balloons for public gardens will overlap if they are in the same town or city. To be sure you’re seeing all of the public gardens, click on the Listing tab to see individual listings (you can click on a state in the Where section to narrow the search.
To view the map and listings for the whole New England area, click on New England. To view information for a specific state, click on the state. If the Google map balloons overlap:
• Click on the + button in the left corner of the map to zoom in on the area. To move the focus to a specific area, left click and hold the mouse button while moving the mouse to view that area. Note: You may need to zoom several times to enlarge an area enough to see all the balloons for a specific location such as Boston or Portland.
• Click on the Listings tab and see the public gardens for New England or the state you have selected.