The Pocket Garden Tour Offers Inspiration for Green Thumbs

Explore Portsmouth's secret gardens



It’s no secret that walking through downtown Portsmouth in the summer is a wonderful way to spend a day. Flowers bloom all over this seaside town, and the public is welcome to stroll through the 10 historic gardens tended with care at the Strawbery Banke Museum. But each June, gardeners (or those who simply appreciate floral beauty) are invited into a few private gardens located in the charming West End.

The Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth Tour is happening this year on June 23 and 24. This benefit for South Church was first held in 1990, and, nearly 30 years later, it continues to be a local favorite.

When the tour first began, it was a simple way for the church to raise a small amount of money to help maintain the grounds. Today, it regularly draws garden enthusiasts from around New England, and over the years nearly $300,000 has been raised to benefit the church and its work in the community.

The tour begins at South Church’s lovely garden sanctuary and then winds through 10 private gardens in the vibrant West End around the Cabot Street neighborhood.

This is a perfect opportunity for gardeners to find inspiration for their own homes and to trade ideas and tips with others.

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