. . . including open gardens, public and private, as well as other noteworthy landscape- and garden-related events open to the public in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

The Corona virus is forcing many postponements, cancellations, and other changes. It’s always a good idea to confirm opening dates and times.

Gardens/Events Listed

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

Seal Harbor, Me., Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturday afternoons, July 13-September 12

Asticou Azalea Garden

Northeast Harbor, Me., daily, May 5-October 31

Asticou Terraces

Northeast Harbor, Me., daily, May-October

Bedrock Gardens

Lee, N.H., Tuesday-Friday & first and third weekends of each month, May 12-October 11

The Birchwood

Montgomery Center, Vt.,  June 10-12, 2022

Blaine House

Augusta, Me., Wednesday & Friday, year round. Tours suspended due to Covid-19.

Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour

Cape Elizabeth, Me., July 17

Castine Inn Garden

Castine, Me., daily, year round

Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden

off Portsmouth, N. H., June-August. This year’s tours cancelled due to Covid-19.

Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden

Southwest Harbor, Me., daily, mid-May – mid-October

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Boothbay, Me., daily, May 1-October 17

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Me., daily, year round


Goffstown, N.H., June 4-6. This year’s opening cancelled due to Covid-19.

The Fells

Newbury, N.H., daily, year round

Fort Williams Park

Cape Elizabeth, Me., daily, year round

Fuller Gardens

North Hampton, N.H., daily, mid-May – mid-October

Garden & House Tour

Camden, Me., July 15

Garden at Tracy Library

New London, N.H., daily, year round

Gardens in the Watershed Tour

Thomaston, Me., July 18

Garland Farm

Bar Harbor, Me., Thursdays, June 24-September 23

Granite VNA and Hospice Home and Garden Tour

Wolfeboro, N.H., July 8. This year’s tour cancelled due to Covid-19.

Hamilton House

Berwick, Me., Wednesday-Sunday, June 1-October 15


Manchester, Vt., daily, year round

Kirkwood Gardens

Holderness, N.H., daily, May 1-November 1

Longfellow House

Portland, Me., daily, May-October

Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamental Trials Garden

Orono, Me., daily, year round

Maple Hill Gardens

Hollis, N.H., daily, year round

McLaughlin Garden & Homestead

South Paris, Me., daily, May 7-October 31

Merryspring Nature Center

Camden, Me., daily, year round

Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden

Portsmouth, N. H., daily, June 1 – mid-October

New Castle Village Walk & Garden Tour

New Castle, N. H., June 13. This year’s tour cancelled due to Covid-19.

Northern New England Open Days

York, Me.; Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire; Upper Connecticut Valley of eastern Vermont, June 26-27, July 10

Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Ogunquit, Me., daily, May 1-October 31

Old Stone House Museum

Brownington,Vt., daily, May 15-October 15

Open Garden Day

Northeast Harbor & Seal Harbor, Me., July 24

Palace Theatre Garden Tour

Manchester, N.H., July 17

Pickity Place

Mason, N.H., daily, year round

Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth Tour

Portsmouth, N. H., June 25-26

Prescott Park

Portsmouth, N.H., daily, year round

Rhododendron State Park

Fitzwilliam, N.H., daily, year round but best in mid-July

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

Cornish, N.H., daily, year round

‘The Sea Around Us’ garden tour

Boothbay, Me., region, July 16. This year’s tour cancelled due to Covid-19.

Shelburne Farms

Shelburne, Vt., daily, year round

Shelburne Museum

Shelburne, Vt., Wednesday-Sunday, beginning June 2

Strawberry Banke

Portsmouth, N.H., daily, June 19-October 17

Thuya Garden

Northeast Harbor, Me., daily, June 23-October 3

University of Vermont Horticultural Farm

South Burlington, Vt., April-November

Viles Arboretum

Augusta, Me., daily, year round

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

Portsmouth, N.H., daily, year round but best in late May

Wild Gardens of Acadia

Bar Harbor, Me., daily, year round

Woodlawn Museum

Ellsworth, Me., daily, year round

Please e-mail listings, preferably in the format below, to: evergreenfoundationnh@gmail.com.

Year Round

Wednesday & Friday, YEAR ROUND, 9:30-11, 2-3

Blaine House, State and Capitol Streets, Augusta, Me.  Maine’s 19th-century governor’s mansion, surrounded by broad lawns edged with annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees.  Free.  Admission on guided tours only; make reservations at mainestatemuseum.org/learn or 207-287-6634 at least 3 days in advance.

Currently closed due to Covid-19.

Daily, YEAR ROUND, any time

Castine Inn Garden, 33 Main Street, Castine, Me. A small (7,500-square-foot) garden, mainly mature perennials and shrubs, adjacent to the inn and nicely screened from the street by its taller plants. Free.

Turrets Seaside Gardens, College of the Atlantic

Photo by College of the Atlantic

Turrets Seaside Gardens, College of the Atlantic


College of the Atlantic, Route 3, Bar Harbor, Me.  A formal perennial garden, the vestige of terraces designed by Beatrix Farrand, and other small gardens on the college’s 38-acre campus, once the site of three oceanside estates.  Free.

Photo by Jennifer Steele

Fort Williams Park

Daily, YEAR ROUND, dawn to dusk

Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Me.  Naturalistic cliff-top gardens on a former military reservation overlooking the ocean, now owned by the town of Cape Elizabeth.  In an ongoing restoration program led by the Friends of Fort Williams Park (sponsor of the Annual Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour), thickets of Japanese knotweed and other invasive exotic plants have been removed, thereby revealing native plants and picturesque ledges and opening up dramatic views of Casco Bay and Portland Head Lighthouse. Graceful plantings of native trees, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers are being added. Free.

Daily, YEAR ROUND, dawn to dusk

Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden, University of Maine, Orono, Me.  4 acres of perennials and shrubs in formal and informal groupings. Free.

Daily, YEAR ROUND, dawn to dusk

Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road, Camden, Me. The 66-acre site features a daylily garden, herb garden, hosta garden, rock garden, and rose garden, plus annual and perennial beds and an arboretum. The office is open Tuesday-Friday, 9-2. Free but donations encouraged.

Daily, YEAR ROUND, dawn to dusk

Viles Arboretum, 3 Hospital Street, Augusta, Me. The 224-acre site includes the largest public hosta garden in Maine, with more than 200 varieties; a rock garden with nearly 50 species; large collections of lilacs, conifers, chestnuts, sycamores, apples, and other trees; and the state’s largest permanent outdoor art collection, all accessed on 6 miles of trails. Many plants are labeled. The Visitor Center is open 11-5, Wednesday-Saturday. Free but donations welcome.


Wild Gardens of Acadia, Route 3, Acadia National Park, about 2 miles south of Bar Harbor.  Three-quarter-acre collection of 400 plant species, mainly perennials, all native to Mount Desert, labeled and arranged in 12 distinctive habitats (mountain, meadow, bog, brookside, etc.); maintained by volunteers. Free.
800-625-0321; 207-288-3340

Daily, YEAR ROUND, dawn to dusk

Woodlawn Museum, Route 172, Ellsworth, Me.  Beautiful brick Federal mansion with tall, elegant 18-pane windows (the Black House) on 180 acres with large old trees and a formal garden enclosed by a lilac hedge. Grounds free; house tours $12, May-October.

The house may be closed due to Covid-19.

The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens

Photo by The Fells

The Fells historic estate and perennial border

Daily, YEAR ROUND, 9-4

The Fells, Route 103A, Newbury, N.H. Historic summer home of John Hay, secretary of state under presidents McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt; extensive gardens created by Hay’s son Clarence and Clarence’s wife, Alice, including a large hillside rock garden, walled gardens, perennial borders, and woodland gardens on 83 acres on lake Sunapee. $5-10.

Daily, YEAR ROUND, dawn to dusk

Maple Hill Gardens, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis, N. H. 12 “theme” gardens, both formal and informal, with more than 350 shade-tolerant or sun-loving species, mainly perennials, planted around the Beaver Brook Association’s headquarters buildings.  Free.

Daily, YEAR ROUND, 10-5, April-December; 10-4, January-March

Pickity Place, 248 Nutting Hill Road, Mason, N.H. An adorable 18th-century Cape surrounded by vast, well-established garden beds, mainly perennials and herbs. The herbs are served in the restaurant’s 5-course lunches.


Prescott Park, Marcy Street, Portsmouth, N.H. City-owned waterfront park with three fountains and well-designed flower gardens: Brick paths curve around billowing beds of (mainly) annuals, each variety planted in a large stunning sweep.  Free.

Daily, YEAR ROUND, but best in mid-July

Rhododendron State Park, 424 Rockwood Pond Road, Fitzwilliam, N. H. Named for its 16-acre grove of Rhododendron maximum, the largest colony of wild rhododendrons in northern New England. The huge, centuries-old broadleaf evergreen shrubs—also known as rosebays or great laurel—are viewed from a nearly level, handicapped-accessible .6-mile trail. Rosebays are less showy than other rhodies—their white blossoms tend to be sparse—so try to visit only during their peak bloom period: mid-July. The adjacent .1-mile Laurel Trail curves through eponymous mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), another native broadleaf evergreen shrub with shiny leathery leaves; its exquisite white flowers bloom in June. The Wildflower Trail passes herbaceous perennials. $4 on summer weekends; otherwise free, but donations are welcome.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens sculpture and formal gardens.

Photo by Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

Augustus Saint-Gaudens sculpture and formal gardens

Daily, YEAR ROUND, dawn to dusk

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, Saint-Gaudens Road, Cornish, N.H. Historic home and studios of noted sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  Grounds include his sculptures and formal gardens with fountains and pools, enclosed by tall clipped evergreen hedges. Buildings open Memorial Day weekend – October 31. $10.

Some buildings may be closed due to Covid-19.


Garden at Tracy Library, 304 Main Street, New London, N. H. The quadrilaterally symmetrical garden behind the public library, designed in 1926 by the Olmsted Brothers, features a square pool, with a bronze fountain, surrounded by lush perennial beds in neat parterres. Free.

Elaborate formal gardens at Hildene

Photo by Hildene

Elaborate formal gardens at Hildene

Daily, YEAR ROUND (except Easter, Thanksgiving, and December 24-26),  9:30-4:30

Hildene, Route 7A, Manchester, Vt.  A stunning Georgian Revival mansion built by Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham Lincoln to live to adulthood. In the broad terrace in front of the home, a tapestry of perennial beds is framed by an elaborate formal network of privet hedges. $23.

Daily, YEAR ROUND, dawn to dusk

Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, Vt.  Gilded Age estate of the Webb family, now a large non-profit working farm and opulent inn and restaurant with restored formal gardens: symmetrical terraces, supported by elegant balustraded brick and stone walls, on a slope on the edge of Lake Champlain. The long, narrow terraces are planted with neat groups of (mainly) perennials. Like a villa on Lake Como, the view from the lawn above the terraces is an extraordinary use of “borrowed” lake-and-mountain scenery.  A long balustrade is the base of a stunning view: a vast expanse of the region’s largest lake, with the Adirondacks—the highest mountains in New York State—rising to the horizon on the far side. All buildings closed due to Covid-19, but visitors are welcome to walk the grounds. Free but donation requested.

Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4, beginning June 2

Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vt. 22 small gardens, mostly perennials, plus many lilacs and mature trees decorate one of New England’s largest collections of historic buildings and other artifacts. 2-day admission: $25 from May 1 to October 31 ($15 for Vermont residents), $10 from November 1 to April 30.
www.shelburnemuseum.org; the “museum from above” video is a graceful aerial tour of the museum’s 45-acre campus.

April – November

Monday-Friday, APRIL-NOVEMBER, 8-4

University of Vermont Horticultural Farm, 65 Green Mountain Road, South Burlington, Vt. Large collections of mature ornamental plants, including more than 15 species of rhododendrons and native azaleas, which bloom in late May/early June; more than 100 lilacs, including 46 different varieties, which bloom in May; rare conifers and other shrubs; plus large perennial beds. A free map identifies the collections, which include some of the largest specimens in Vermont. Free.


Daily, LATE MAY, dawn to dusk

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, 375 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth, N. H.  Common lilacs (Syringa vulgaris), planted in the mid-1700s by the colonial governor Benning Wentworth, are at peak bloom.  Free.

May – October

Daily, May 1 – OCTOBER 17, 9-5; 9-6 in July and August

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, off Route 27, Boothbay, Me.  One of northern New England’s newest public gardens, but already its largest and most elaborate—and getting more extensive every year. It already includes vast display gardens and a large woodland rhododendron collection surrounding an impressive waterfall. $22. Advance admission tickets required.

Some buildings closed. Services reduced.

Daily, MAY-OCTOBER, 10-5

Longfellow House, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Me. Long, narrow garden of perennials, shrubs, and deciduous trees beside an early-19th-century brick townhouse that was the childhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and is now the headquarters of the Maine Historical Society. The garden is maintained by the Longfellow Garden Club. Free.

Daily, MAY 1-OCTOBER 31, 10-5

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Road, Ogunquit, Me. A collection of outdoor sculpture is displayed in a 3-acre seaside garden of mixed perennials, shrubs, and trees. $12.

The Asticou Azalea Garden was created in 1957 by Charles K. Savage

Photo by the Land & Garden Preserve

Asticou Azalea Garden


Asticou Azalea Garden, intersection of Routes 3 and 198, Northeast Harbor, Me. Serene, naturalistic 2.3-acre Japanese-inspired garden created by the amateur landscape designer Charles K. Savage; mainly evergreen trees and shrubs, including rhododendrons and azaleas taken from Reef Point, the former estate of the noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand in Bar Harbor. Many of the plants are arranged along a stream and around two ponds. There’s also a Japanese-style raked-sand “pond” garden with rock “islands.” Peak azalea bloom is late June; rhododendrons and mountain laurel are most colorful in July. Suggested donation: $5.

The Asticou Terraces in Northeast Harbor, Me., are suburb naturalistic design

Photo by Eileen Oktavec

Asticou Terraces

Daily, MAY-OCTOBER, dawn to dusk

Asticou Terraces, Route 3, Northeast Harbor, Me.  Superb naturalistic landscape created by Boston landscape architect Joseph Henry Curtis at his former summer residence: A smooth half-mile path gently ascends a forested hillside, past handsome wood-and-stone gazebos with views of Northeast Harbor. The presence of only indigenous materials (granite, spruce trees, mosses, sheep laurel, and blueberry bushes) erases the line between the human-made and the natural. The path ends at the Thuya Lodge, Curtis’ summer home, and the Thuya Garden, described below.  The Terraces are described at greater length, and illustrated with two color photographs, in The Woodland Garden.  Donation requested.

Lotuses in the 200 foot-long Wiggle Waggle at Bedrock Gardens
Lotuses in the 200 foot-long Wiggle Waggle at Bedrock Gardens

MAY 12 – OCTOBER 11, Tuesday-Friday & first & third weekends of each month, 10-4 

Bedrock Gardens, 19 High Road, Lee, N.H.  A large, lively collection of plants, garden follies, and contemporary sculpture by garden co-creator Jill Nooney arranged across 30 acres of a former dairy farm. $10 suggested donation.

Rhododendrons at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead

Photo by McLaughlin Garden & Homestead

Rhododendrons in McLaughlin Garden

Daily, MAY 7 – OCTOBER 31, dawn to dusk

McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, 97 Main Street (Route 26), South Paris, Me. A 3½-acre collection of perennials, trees, and shrubs—especially lilacs—planted by the late Bernard McLaughlin at his former home. Buildings closed Mondays and Tuesdays.  $5 suggested donation.

Daily, MID-MAY – MID-OCTOBER, dawn to dusk

Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden, Route 102, Southwest Harbor, Me.  Lush, well-maintained one-acre seaside garden, mainly of annuals and perennials (including milkweed) that attract monarchs and other butterflies. $5 suggested donation per family.

Daily, MID-MAY – MID-OCTOBER, 10-5:30

Fuller Gardens, 10 Willow Avenue, off Ocean Boulevard (Route 1A), North Hampton, N.H.  Early-20th-century ocean-side Olmsted-designed estate gardens created by businessman, philanthropist, and former Massachusetts governor Alvan T. Fuller, with rose gardens, conservatory, annual displays, small Japanese garden, and walled perennial garden. $9.

Wednesday-Sunday, MAY 16-OCTOBER 14, 11-5

Old Stone House Museum. The lovely historic hamlet of Brownington, Vt., is a collection of attractive early 19th-century buildings and a 25-by-50-foot formal garden of perennials and herbs popular in the 1800s. $10.

May – November

Kirkwood Gardens
Kirkwood Gardens

Daily, MAY 1-NOVEMBER 1, dawn to dusk

Kirkwood Gardens, Route 3, just north of Route 113, Holderness, N. H. Informal 1-acre garden, now owned by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, with graceful plantings of both sun-loving and shade-tolerant annuals, perennials, and shrubs; plus fountains, sculpture, and signs describing the plants. Free.


Massed rhododendrons create vast sweeps of color

Photo by Eileen Oktavec

Massed Catawba rhododendrons at Evergreen

Friday-Sunday,  JUNE 4-6, 10-5 

Evergreen, 42 Summer Street, Goffstown, N.H.  The one-acre woodland garden’s annual public opening is always on the first weekend in June, when its sweeps of 220 Catawba rhododendrons are at or near peak bloom.  Free.

Due to Covid-19, Evergreen’s annual public opening has been cancelled.

Friday-Sunday, JUNE 11-13, 10-5 

The Birchwood, 3217 Hazen’s Notch Road, Montgomery Center, Vt. The second major woodland garden created by landscape designer Robert Gillmore opens for the first time when nearly 700 of its more than 1,200 rhododendrons are in bloom. $7, to benefit the Friends of the Montgomery Library.

Due to Covid-19, the Birchwood’s first public opening has been postponed to June 10-12, 2022.

New Castle Village Walk
Seaside garden on the New Castle Village Walk & Garden Tour

Sunday, JUNE 13, 1-4:30

New Castle Village Walk & Garden Tour. Self-guided tour of 9 private gardens in one of New Hampshire’s oldest towns.  Begins at the Coast Guard station on Wentworth Road, off Route 1B.  $25; $20 if tickets are bought before the tour date.

Due to Covid-19, this year’s tour is cancelled.

Friday, JUNE 25, 5-8; Saturday, JUNE 26, 9-3

32nd Annual Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth Tour. 10 private gardens in Portsmouth, N.H., including those of the 18th-century Georgian South Church.  $25; $20 if tickets are bought before the tour weekend.


JUNE 26-27, JULY 10

Northern New England Open Days. 9 exceptional private gardens—1 in York, Me.,  4 in the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshireand 4 in the Upper Connecticut Valley of eastern Vermont—open to the public in the Garden Conservancy’s annual Open Days program. The Conservancy seeks to preserve America’s outstanding gardens and open them to the public, usually as non-profit organizations (see www.gardenconservancy.org). The Fells was one of its first preservation projects. Evergreen, now a non-profit public garden, was an Open Days garden from 2010 to 2017.
$10 per person per garden. Admission by pre-registration only at www.garden conservancy.org. The open gardens are all described below.

JUNE 26 & 27, 10-4

York, Me., Open Days: Braveboat Harbor Farm. Extensive formal and informal perennial gardens, a woodland garden, two ponds, an orchard, a vegetable garden, espaliered apple and pear trees, and collections of rhododendrons, magnolias, and other flowering trees and shrubs, all surrounding a Georgian stone house with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

JULY 10, 10-4

Monadnock Region & Upper Valley Open Days. 8 exceptional private gardens in southwestern New Hampshire and the Upper Connecticut River Valley of eastern Vermont open to the public in the Garden Conservancy’s annual Open Days program.

  • Overlooking the Connecticut River, the 3-acre Boggy Meadow Farm in Walpole, N. H., has English borders, a handsome formal grape arbor, a small sunken garden, and a narrow ravine with a stream.
  • According to Michael & Betsy Gordon, their in-town collector’s garden in Peterborough, N.H., is a “mixture of unusual trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, annuals, and bulbs…selected primarily for interesting form, foliage, and texture.” It’s laid out on three terraces next to their home on High Street. See: instagram.com/thegardenerseye. for images
  • The lush 1½-acre landscape of garden designers Gordon & Mary Hayward in Westminster West, Vt., surrounds a restored late 18th-century farmhouse and includes informal collections of perennials, trees, and shrubs planted within formal parterres. The gardens also offer charming naturalistic rooms and other vignettes, picturesque furniture and sculpture, and views of surrounding meadows. The landscape is featured in one of the Haywards’ books, The Intimate Garden, and on their website, www.haywardgardens.com.
  • Originally a hillside farm, the Garden of Bill Noble, in Norwich, Vt., includes perennial and shrub borders, rock gardens, vegetable gardens, and an orchard.  Garden expert Noble’s latest book is Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden.
  • Built around a cascading stream, the Gardens of Rita Ramirez and Tom Bodett, in East Dummerston, Vt., include a pergola garden, bocce court garden, gravel garden, and extensive collections of annuals, perennials, and shrubs.
  • Surrounding the first dwelling built in Hancock, N.H.—a farmhouse erected in 1776—Skatutakee Farm has a 48-foot-long stone koi pond, extensive perennial beds, a vegetable garden, a woodland border, and a new bog garden.
  • The Thoron Garden, in Jaffrey, N. H., includes two formal boxwood gardens, a river birch grove, a woodland garden, a vegetable/cutting garden, 85 garden pots, and extensive perennial beds, all around a renovated 18th-century farmhouse; plus informal woodlands and an 11-acre beaver wetland.
  • The 300 acre Woodland Farms, in Springfield, Vt., features extensive stone work—terraces, steps, walls, paths, and sculptural elements—plus uncommon perennials, shrubs, and trees, grape and kiwi arbors, orchards, berry bushes, and an organic vegetable garden.

June – August

Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden
Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden


Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden. Poppies, hollyhocks and other venerable perennials first planted by the romantic poet Celia Thaxter at her family’s summer hotel on Appledore Island, one of the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast.  Thaxter described her 15-foot-by-50-foot garden in An Island Garden, published in 1893 and illustrated by the impressionist painter Childe Hassam—one of Thaxter’s many distinguished guests, who included such 19th-century literati as Emerson, Hawthorne, and Longfellow.  The island’s Shoals Marine Laboratory offers day cruises from New Castle, N.H., including a guided tour and “gourmet” lunch, for $100.

Due to Covid-19, this year’s tours have been cancelled.

June – September

Thursdays, JUNE 24 – SEPTEMBER 23, 1-4

Garland Farm, 475 Bay View Drive (off Route 3), Bar Harbor, Me. Home and gardens of noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand (designer of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and other gardens on Mount Desert Island). Mainly perennial beds in symmetrical parterres, including heather, heath, and lavender gardens.  $5 suggested donation.

June – October

Gardens at Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine. Taken during September 2015 Arts and Crafts Festival.
Hamilton House

Wednesday-Sunday, JUNE 1 – OCTOBER 15, 11-4

Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan’s Lane, South Berwick, Me.  Impressive 1785 Georgian mansion overlooking the Salmon Falls River with formal perennial gardens and fountains.   $10.

JUNE 1 – MID-OCTOBER, Monday-Saturday 11-5, Sunday 1-5

Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, 154 Market Street, Portsmouth, N.H. Elaborate 3-story colonial Georgian mansion with lush, terraced perennial gardens on the slope behind it, plus a gigantic horse chestnut tree—50-plus feet high and wide—planted by William Whipple after he signed the Declaration of Independence. $8 for house and gardens; $5 for gardens only.
603-436-8221, 603-430-7968

Thuya Garden

Photo by the Land & Garden Preserve

Thuya Garden

Daily, JUNE 23-OCTOBER 3, dawn to dusk

Thuya Garden, Route 3, Northeast Harbor, Me. Mostly formal, straight-sided beds of perennials and annuals surrounded by a rolling lawn, with informal groups of trees and shrubs at the edge of the forest, which surrounds the one-acre garden. Like the Asticou Azalea Garden, it was created by Charles K. Savage with plants taken from the former Bar Harbor estate of Beatrix Farrand.  Thuya, incidentally, is the phonetic spelling of Thuja, the scientific name for cedar (Thuja occidentalis), which thrives on Mount Desert Island and which was used to build the Thuya Lodge (above).  Suggested donation: $5.

Daily, JUNE 19-OCTOBER 17, 10-5

Strawbery Banke, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, N.H. 37 historic houses and other buildings, many of them restored, spanning more than 3 centuries. The 10-acre site includes 9 small gardens, mostly herbs and perennials (including heirloom species), reflecting plants and garden styles popular in different eras; plus 3 heirloom orchards. $19.50 for 2 consecutive days.


Wednesday, JULY 8, 10-4

Annual Granite VNA and Hospice Home and Garden Tour. 4 properties in Wolfeboro, N.H. $40. Buffet lunch $20.

Due to Covid-19, this year’s tour has been cancelled.


Rhododendron State Park. The 16-acre grove of Rhododendron maximum is at peak bloom. See more here.

Seaside garden on the Garden & House Tour

Photo by the Camden Garden Club

Oceanfront garden on Camden Garden & House Tour

Thursday, JULY 15, 9:30-4

73rd Annual Garden & House Tour. 6 private properties in Camden, Me., sponsored by the Camden Garden Club.  $40; $35 if tickets are bought before the tour date.

Due to Covid-19, this year’s tour will be gardens only.

Friday, JULY 16, 9:30-4:30

‘The Sea Around Us.’ Tour of homes and gardens in Maine’s Boothbay Region, sponsored by the Boothbay Region Garden Club. $35; $30 if tickets are bought before the tour date.
207-633-7405, 207-633-5052

Due to Covid-19, this year’s tour has been cancelled.

Seaside garden on Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour

Photo by Friends of Fort Williams Park

Seaside garden on the Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour

Saturday, JULY 17, 9-4

10th Annual Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour. 10 private gardens in Cape Elizabeth and South Portland, Me. Sponsored by the Friends of Fort Williams Park. $40; $30 if tickets are bought before the tour date.

Palace Theatre Garden Tour
Palace Theatre Garden Tour

Saturday, JULY 17, 10-4

Palace Theatre Garden Tour, Manchester, N.H. 9 private residential gardens in New Hampshire’s largest city. $25; $20 if tickets are bought before the tour date.

Thomaston Garden in the Gardens in the Watershed Tour

Photo by Dick Rapalyea

Thomaston Garden in the Gardens in the Watershed Tour

Sunday, JULY 18, 10-4

29th Annual Gardens in the Watershed Tour. 6 private gardens within walking distance of each other in historic Thomaston, Me.; benefiting the Georges River Land Trust. $30; $25 if tickets are bought before the tour date. A “gourmet” lunch may be pre-ordered.

Seaside Gardens on Open Garden Day Tour Photos by Anne B. Green

Photo by Anne B. Green

Seaside garden on the Open Garden Day tour

Saturday, JULY 24, 10-4

Open Garden Day. Tour of 6 private gardens in Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor, Me., sponsored by the Garden Club of Mount Desert. $45; $40 if tickets are bought before the tour date.

Due to Covid-19, the tour has been postponed to July, 2022.

July – September

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

Photo by the Land & Garden Preserve

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturday afternoons, JULY 14 – SEPTEMBER 12

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden. Designed by the wife of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand at the former Rockefeller estate in Seal Harbor, Me. Large perennial beds in curving, symmetrical parterres; extensive Asian statuary and moon gates; ocean views. Guided 2-hour tours by reservation only. $15.