Newburyport’s Museum of Old Newbury will host its 2021 annual garden tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th. This year marks the tour’s 42nd anniversary and will feature the best gardens from the past four decades as well as some new properties. Our feature video provides a view of the beautiful South End home of Paul Goldberg & Joe Bell Garden, captured during the 2019 tour. Please note that the 2021 dates have been set for this event, but the specific details will be updated and may change as the date approaches.
Private gardens, including the museum’s own Cushing Garden, will be on the garden tour, all within a short drive throughout Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, and Byfield. Stops on the garden tour will showcase sweeping landscapes, views of the Merrimack River, creative features, and wide varieties of plants and flowers. Along with beautiful landscaping, tour-goers will also be treated to a glimpse into an artist’s “plein air” studio, a backyard bird sanctuary, and various artists and musicians at work in different gardens. Garden tour organizers recommend beginning at the Museum of Old Newbury, but detailed guidebooks and a map will be available at all participating gardens.
Along with the Cushing Garden on the garden tour, The Cushing House itself will also be open to tour free of charge. This historic ship captain’s home, filled with 400 years of local history.
2021 Tickets are not available for purchase at this time. Check back as details are released. Typically tickets are available for purchase online or at the museum office, 98 High St., Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tickets may also be purchased on tour days with cash or check at any of the participating gardens.
The museum will host its annual plant sale during garden tour hours. The boutique will be selling a collection of eclectic goods-vintage, modern, and classic design pieces. Be sure to stop into the museum’s gift shop before or after going on the garden tour for more shopping and to enter a raffle to win a variety of items, including an original oil painting and a garden design consultation.
The Museum of Old Newbury, founded in 1877, preserves and interprets the history of “Old Newbury” from pre-settlement to the present. All proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s education programs and preservation projects.