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The 26th Annual

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Pocket Garden Tour

Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth

26th Annual Tour

Friday, June 19th, 5:00 to 8:00pm and Saturday, June 20th, 9:00am to 3:00pm

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 tour weekend

Rain or shine

For 2015, South Church’s Pocket Garden Tour, a community celebration of Portsmouth’s ever-evolving home gardens, begins in South Church’s own lovely garden sanctuary and returns to Portsmouth’s historic South End neighborhood, for a behind-the-scenes exploration of twelve special private gardens. Ambling through this charming and intimate neighborhood, you’re sure to find abundant inspiration and joy.

The Pocket Garden Tour began in 1990 as a way for South Church to raise modest funds to maintain the church grounds. Twenty-six years later it has grown into an important annual, regional event, treasured by the Seacoast community and garden enthusiasts throughout New England and beyond. And, not incidentally, the tour has raised over $275,000 to benefit South Church and its broad work in the larger community.

The ticket pamphlet contains all the information needed: a list of the homes’ addresses, a detailed map to get around the South End, and plenty of flowery detail. The tour walk is a compact 1.5-mile round trip from South Church. Going by bicycle is a good option. Suggested places to park are shown in the ticket brochure.

Refresh yourself with cookies and lemon water at several gardens along the way as local musicians and artists enhance your tour experience.

Musician and artist schedule:

Friday, June 19th, 5:00 to 8:00pm, Jon Prichard and Candace Delisio, garden 9

John O’Sullivan, garden 10

Gary Fagin, garden 11

Saturday, June 20th, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Oran Mor, garden 5

Denise Brown, garden 9

Something Else, garden 11

Saturday, June 20th, 12:00pm to 3:00pm, North River Acoustic, garden 2

Quintessence, garden 10

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the weekend of the tour. You won’t want to miss it!

Advance tickets can also be purchased at the following retail outlets through June 18th:

•Rolling Green Nursery Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland, NH

•Wentworth Greenhouses 141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford, NH

•Outdoor Pride of Rye 261 Central Road, Rye, NH

•North Hill Nursery 206 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH

•All Makes Sew & Vac/Portsmouth Vacuum Co 800 Islington Street, Portsmout

Visit the Pocket Garden Tour Facebook page for updates and tidbits. (www.facebook.com/PortsmouthPocketGardenTour)