Beacon Hill garden, Boston, Ma.
Beacon Hill Hidden Garden Tour street view, Boston, Ma.
Flat of the Hill, Charles St., Boston, Ma.

Hidden Gardens, Boutiques & Antiques -- Spring on Beacon Hill

Charles Street, Boston, Mass.

Hidden Gardens, Boutiques & Antiques -- Spring on Beacon Hill, Boston

Spring blooms are on everyone's mind as each day brings out a new bud, a new petal, a new beginning. What better way to indulge your gardening fantasies than to attend the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour on Thursday, May 18th, 2017. These private walled gardens secluded among the residences of the members of the Beacon Hill Garden Club are open to the public during this annual fundraiser for the group. This self-guided tour takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine. The tour has been going since 1929, and funds raised go to various environmental organizations. If you can't make it to Beacon Hill on the day of tour, visit the beautiful Boston Public Garden, with its swan boat rides in the Spring and Summer. You can see Nancy Schon's bronze sculpture of the ducklings featured in Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, the delightful children's story about the (More)

Make Way for Ducklings sculpture, Boston Public Garden, Boston, Ma.
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Garden Tours and Afternoon Tea

Get in the mood for the planting season. Spring is here! A garden tour can lift your spirits and chase away the doldrums even in the rain! Check these Scenic Shopping towns for garden tours and afternoon tea. There are often Mother's Day tea servings at museums, historic houses and inns. Many afternoon tea's require reservations so call ahead. Garden tours may be subject to change due to weather. Call to check tours.

Afternoon Tea at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, R.I.
Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, N.H.
Bank Square Books, Mystic, Ct.
Mystery On Main St. bookstore, Brattleboro, Vt.
Concord Bookshop, Concord, Massachusetts

Stock Up on Summer Reads at Indie Book Stores

These independent bookstores in Scenic Shopping towns are open year round and also have online stores. Check with the booksellers to confirm shipping dates. You can find new, used, rare and special interest books among these sellers.