Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth

29th Annual Tour

Friday, June 22, 5-8pm and Saturday, June 23, 9am-3pm

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 the weekend of the tour

Rain or shine!

For 2018, 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 ten 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-seven years later it has grown to 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 $300,000 to benefit South Church and it's work in the broader community. 

The ticket pamphlet contains all the information you'll need: a list of the gardens' addresses, a detailed tour map, and plenty of flowery detail. The tour walk is a 1.75 mile round trip from South Church. Going by bicycle is an excellent option. Suggested places to park are shown in the ticket brochure. 

Musician and artist schedule:

Friday, 5-8:

Garden #5: Candace DeLisio, Jon Prichard, Nancy Tenaglia (baroque/folk)

Garden #8: Chris George (acoustic guitar and vocal)

Garden #10: John O'Sullivan (acoustic guitar/mandolin/vocal)

Saturday, 9-12

Garden #5: Seasmoke (jazz/blues/swing)

Garden #6: Seacoast Early Music (recorder/violin/lute)

Garden #9: North River Trio (folk/pop/country)

Saturday, 12-3

Garden #8: Kevin Reams (Native American flute)

Garden #10: Jon Booth (acoustic guitar)

And watch for our roving artist-in-residence, watercolorist Denise Brown!

Tickets are $20 in advance (Click HERE to purchase tickets now for pick-up on the day of the tour at South Church) 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 21:

  • Rolling Green Nursery - Breakfast Hill Rd., Greenland
  • Wentworth Greenhouses - 141 Rollins Rd., Rollinsford
  • Outdoor Pride of Rye - 261 Central Rd., Rye
  • North Hill Nursery - 206 Lafayette Rd., North Hampton
  • Portsmouth Vacuum Company - 800 Islington St., Portsmouth

Interested in volunteering as a garden sitter, contributing homemade cookies, or hanging a handful of posters? Click the links below to sign up.

Click HERE to volunteer as a garden sitter.

Click HERE to contribute home-made cookies.

Click HERE to volunteer for hang posters. 

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