Concord Museum’s 31st Annual Garden Tour

This virtual event will highlight some of the finest private gardens in Concord and provide critical support to the Museum’s education initiatives. By signing up for the tour, you will receive five garden feature emails from June 19-21, each including:



  • Narrated videos of featured gardens, plus photos and fun facts
  • Exclusive shopping opportunities with local Concord merchants
  • Bonus content, like gardening tips, DIY projects, and more


The Museum's Guild of Volunteers hope this virtual tour will bring you joy, spark creativity in your own garden, and help to celebrate the 31st anniversary of this treasured event.

Typically, the Garden Tour is one of the Museum's major spring fundraisers. This year, the virtual experience is offered free of charge; please consider making a donation in support of the Concord Museum’s education initiatives, which include programs, publications, and exhibitions for students, adults, and families.

Register for the Garden Tour here.

We have compiled a selection of books to complement the Garden Tour. Whether you're an avid gardener or just starting out, whether you're ready to get your hands in the dirt, or prefer a more 'armchair gardening' style, there's something for you. Call the Bookshop (978-369-2405) or order online. Hope to see you *in* the Bookshop soon!

Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604698503
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Published: Timber Press - June 23rd, 2020

More about Spirit of Place:

How does an individual garden relate to the larger landscape? How does it connect to the natural and cultural environment? Does it evoke a sense of place? In Spirit of Place, Bill Noble—a lifelong gardener, and the former director of preservation for the Garden Conservancy—helps gardeners answer these questions by sharing how they influenced the creation of his garden in Vermont.

Throughout, Noble reveals that a garden is never created in a vacuum but is rather the outcome of an individual’s personal vision combined with historical and cultural forces. Sumptuously illustrated, this thoughtful look at the process of garden-making shares insights gleaned over a long career that will inspire you to create a garden rich in context, personal vision, and spirit.

More about New England Month-by-Month Gardening:

Gardening in New England presents its own set of challenges and rewards. New England Month-by-Month Gardening is your guide to successful growing in the northeast.

Whether home is in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont, get all the how-to and when-to information needed to grow, care for, and maintain your garden. Included is advice on growing annuals, perennials, ground covers, trees, shrubs, vines, and turf grass from author and acclaimed New England garden pro Charlie Nardozzi. Step-by-step seasonal, region-specific instructions give you the confidence you need to make your garden successful, fruitful, and beautiful, no matter the time of year.

Offered in a chronological, straightforward way, this seasonal garden guide hands you the tools and know-how required for success, especially for beginner and intermediate gardeners as well as those new to the region and its challenges.

The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604699029
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Published: Timber Press - March 3rd, 2020

More about The Earth in Her Hands:

The Earth in Her Hands celebrates the important contributions women make to the wide world of plants—in the fields of horticulture, environmental science, botany, floral design, farming, landscape architecture, herbalism, food justice, and more.

In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell—host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast Cultivating Place—introduces 75 inspiring women. Working in wide-reaching fields that include botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice, these influencers are creating change from the ground up. Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; codirector of Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman; plantswoman Flora Grubb; edible and cultural landscape designer Leslie Bennett; Caribbean-American writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid; soil scientist Elaine Ingham; landscape designer Ariella Chezar; floral designer Amy Merrick, and many more. Rich with personal stories and insights, Jewell’s portraits reveal a devotion that transcends age, locale, and background, reminding us of the profound role of green growing things in our world—and our lives.

Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307390684
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2012

More about Founding Gardeners:

A fascinating look at the Founding Fathers and how their love of botany, plants, and gardening informed their views of politics and the country they were creating.

For the Founding Fathers, gardening and botany were elemental passions: a conjoined interest as deeply ingrained in their characters as the battle for liberty and a belief in the greatness of their new nation. The Founding Gardeners is an exploration of that obsession, telling the story of the Founding Fathers, and of their creation of a nation, from the unique perspective of their love of gardening, botany, and agriculture. In doing so, The Founding Gardeners reveals an often unseen aspect of the revolutionary generation, a more private and contemplative side of the Founding Fathers as they wandered among their flowerbeds or broke their own trade embargoes in order to receive new plant shipments.

Garden Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series) Cover Image
By John Hollander (Editor)
ISBN: 9780679447269
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Published: Everyman's Library - April 23rd, 1996

More about Garden Poems:

A beautiful anthology around the subject of ... gardens! And flowers, wild landscapes, etc. A smaller (about 4.5" x 6.5" ) jacketed hardcover, with a ribbon bookmark. A nice addition to a poetry or gardening bookshelf, and a thoughtful gift.

The splendid poems in this collection both represent and glorify the cultivating instinct, and each of them succeeds in "annihilating all that's made," as Andrew Marvell puts it in one of the most famous of all English poems, "to a green thought in a green shade." Contents include poems on Paradises, Gardens of Love, Gardens in the Mind, Gardens and Seasons, Flowers, Gardeners, The Work of the Garden, Gardens of the Wild, City Gardens, Public Gardens, Ruined Gardens, and A Garden of Gardens. Contributors include John Milton, Ovid, E.E. Cummings, Thom Gunn, John Donne, James Merrill, Wallace Stevens, Robert Browning, Shakespeare, and many others.

A History of Gardening in 50 Objects Cover Image
ISBN: 9780750991308
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Published: The History Press - October 1st, 2019

More about A History of Gardening in 50 Objects:

A treasure trove of gardening information in 50 often little known objects that have transformed the way we think about and work our gardens today.

The earliest record of an enclosed space around a homestead comes from 10,000 BCE and since then gardens of varying types and ambition have been popular throughout the ages. Whether ornamental, wild cottage gardens, container gardens blooming over unforgiving concrete or one turned over for growing produce, gardens exist in all shapes and sizes, in all manner of ways. Today we benefit from centuries of development, be it in cultivation of desirable blossom or larger fruits, in the technology to keep weeds and lawn at bay or even from garden visionaries who tore up rulebooks and cultivated pure creativity in their green spaces. This book takes 50 objects that have helped create the gardening scene we know today, exploring the history of beautiful, fruitful outside spaces in a truly unique way. With stunning botanical and archive images, and colorful photographs, this lavish volume is one no garden lover should be without.