Newburyport’s Museum of Old Newbury will host its annual garden tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm. This year marks the tour’s 40th 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.
11 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, will be hosting a special exhibition of artwork by Laura Coombs Hills in the Benjamin Lecture Hall.
Garden tour tickets are $30/person and can be purchased in advance 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, as well as a pop-up boutique with Newburyport’s local Pleasant Street shop, Excentrique 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.