24th Annual Pocket Garden Tour
Tourists are drawn to Portsmouth for its history, culture, and seaside charm. But few tourists know of this insider’s secret – a glorious annual feast for the soul called the Pocket Garden Tour.
This year marks South Church’s 24th Annual Pocket Garden Tour, taking place on Friday, June 21, 5 - 8 pm, and Saturday, June 22, 9 am - 3 pm, in Portsmouth's Surprising North Mill Pond neighborhood. Tour occurs rain or shine.
A ticket pamphlet contains all the information needed: A list of the homes’ addresses, plenty of flowery detail, and maps to get around. The garden walk should last about three hours. Tickets are $23.
Your tour begins at New Franklin School, 1 Franklin Drive, Portsmouth, off Dennett Street and Woodbury Avenue, behind the Anchorage Inn. Here you can park for free, purchase tickets or pick up those reserved in advance, and view the student garden.
Along the tour you’ll be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at a diverse selection of 11 interesting and amazing gardens, including water views, rain gardens, composting, salt marsh restoration, garden sculpture, vertical gardening, mushrooms, herbs and dye plants, and much, much more. The gardens on tour are a study in contrasts, from expansive, professionally landscaped gardens to lovingly tended works in progress.
As well as garden viewing, listen to the sounds of local musicians performing in several gardens – self-indulgence of the best kind. You’ll hear solo flutists, jazz guitar – and maybe even a shanty band. Portsmouth history will not be far from your awareness. You’re also more than likely to see artists at work with paints and pens in the shade of a lovely flowering tree. See the schedule at the bottom of the page.
Originally started as a way to raise funds for the upkeep of South Church’s own pocket garden, described as “a semi-private haven for passersby”, this annual event has grown over the years. Today some 125 volunteers include not only church members but also garden lovers. They make the arrangements, host the gardens, and bake cookies each year to welcome visiting guests.
Through June 20, tickets will be available at the following Pocket Garden Tour advertisers:
Portsmouth Flower and Garden 1000 Woodbury Avenue, Portsmouth
Outdoor Pride of Rye 261 Central Road, Rye
Stratham Circle Nursery 4 College Road, Stratham
Rolling Green Nursery Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland
Wentworth Greenhouses 141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford
North Hill Nursery 206 Lafayette Road, North Hampton
Nature’s Outpost 85 Lafayette Road, North Hampton
Or, click here to purchase tickets now for pick-up at the start of your tour.
Visit the Pocket Garden Tour Facebook page for updates and tidbits. (https://www.facebook.com/#!/PortsmouthPocketGardenTour)
Musician and artist schedule:
Friday, June 21, 5 – 8:Ray DeMarco, garden 2
Something Else, garden 4
Jeff Warner, Garden 7
One Step Up, garden 8
Jim Reagan, garden 10
Saturday, June 22, 9 – 12:Luanne O’Reilly, garden 1
Denise Brown, garden 2
Seasmoke, garden 2
Cathy DiPentima, garden 3
Oran Mor, garden 7
Saturday, June 22, 12 – 3:Penhallow, garden 3
Something Else, garden 4
North River Trio, garden 8