The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour Is This Week

Go behind the neighborhood's ivy-clad walls and cast iron gates for a day.

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Photo by Madeline Bilis

Normally, Beacon Hill’s small pockets of greenery are guarded by ivy-clad walls and cast iron gates. But on Thursday, the neighborhood’s hidden gardens will be yours to explore.

Every year since 1929, the Beacon Hill Garden Club has opened up dozens of gardens for tours on the third Thursday in May. Rain or shine, the event attracts hundreds of people to one of Boston’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

The 2017 tour kicks off on Thursday, May 18 at the corner of Charles and Mt. Vernon Streets. Eager garden peepers can purchase tickets in advance for $45, or pay $55 day of. Tour-goers will receive a guidebook at the Garden Club’s information table, which identifies where each of the gardens is located. Then, visitors are free to embark on a self-guided tour through Beacon Hill’s cobblestone streets. A word to the wise? Gardens are often less crowded later in the afternoon. Consider grabbing lunch on Charles Street and scoping out the flowers afterward.

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Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill tour, $45, Thursday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., begins at the corner of Charles and Mt. Vernon Streets,