Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth
28th Annual Tour

Friday, June 23 from 5-8pm and Saturday, June 24 from 9am-3pm

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 tour weekend

Rain or Shine

For 2017, 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 heads toward Portsmouth’s West End, for a behind-the-scenes exploration of eleven special private gardens in and around the Cabot Street neighborhood.  Ambling through this neighborhood – warm, historic, and full of variety - 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 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 $300,000 to benefit South Church and its broad work in the larger 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 1.5-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 pm
    • Garden #7: Christopher George (folks/blues, acousticguitar/voice)
    • Garden #11: Jon Booth (acoustic guitar, classical, etc.)
  • Saturday, 9 am - 12 pm
    • Garden #2: Denise Brown (watercolor)
    • Garden #7: North River Trio (acousitc guitar/voice)
    • Garden #11: Seacoast Early Music Consort (recorders/lute)
  • Saturday, 12 - 3 pm
    • Garden #7: Jon Booth (acoustic guitar, classical, etc.)
    • Garden #11: Candace DeLisio and Jon Pritchard (folk music)


Advance tickets can also purchased at the following retail outlets through June 22: 

  • 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
  • Portsmouth Vacuum Company - 800 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH