Tour the South End’s Gardens and Pocket Parks This Weekend

Stop and smell the roses in the largest urban Victorian neighborhood in the country.

Photo courtesy of the Trustees

Going for a stroll through one of the largest surviving districts of rowhouses in the country is always pleasant, but this weekend, you’ll have the chance to swing around back to peek inside private gardens.

On Saturday, June 17, the Trustees’ 24th annual South End Garden Tour kicks off, and promises to be chock full of lush greenery and intoxicating floral aromas. Plein air painting inside the gardens by the United South End Artists will up the tour’s charm factor, and an art sale at the end of the tour will feature works painted that day.

This year’s tour focuses on gardens and green spaces near the Eight Streets, Union Park, Old Dover, and SoWa neighborhoods. Visits begin at the Berkeley Community Garden, and wind through a mix of public and private spaces. The tour is self-guided, highlighting more than 20 unique oases, including backyard gardens, courtyards, pocket parks, and more. Plus, if you volunteer as a garden sitter for two hours (sounds rough) you’re rewarded with a free ticket.

The 24th annual South End Garden Tour takes place Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance tickets are $24 for Trustees members and $30 for nonmembers. Same day tickets are $28 for Trustees members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit for more information.