June Events for the Design Minded

Text by Lynda Simonton

Concord Museum Garden Tour

Concord Museum Garden Tour
June 1–2
Attendees of this annual event are sure to be inspired to create their own outdoor oases by visiting some of the most beautiful gardens in Concord, Massachusetts. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $30 Concord Museum members in advance, $35 nonmembers in advance, $5 additional day of the tour. Concord, Mass., concordmuseum.org

The Garden Conservancy Open Days
June 2, 3, and 30: Fairfield County Connecticut
June 2, 16, and 23: Litchfield County Connecticut
Tour some of Connecticut’s most spectacular and charming private gardens through the Garden Conservancy’s special Open Days. Visit the conservancy’s website for all the details, gardenconservancy.org

The Darien House Tour: Homes with Heart
June 7
This annual house tour offers the chance to see some of Darien’s beautiful homes. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Pacific House homeless shelter in Stamford as well as other local charities. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $75. Enjoy lunch at The Country Club of Darien for an additional $25. The First Congregational Church of Darien, Conn., 203-655-0491, darienhousetour.org

PVDfest 2018
June 7–10
The city of Providence, Rhode Island, hosts a four-day celebration of the arts. Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city in a multi-arts takeover of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages. Visit pvdfest.com for event details.

Designing Beauport Room by Room
June 8
Explore the beautiful summer home of early 20th-century interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper at this special tour that provides access to rooms rarely seen. Marvel at his use of light and color, and explore Sleeper’s exemplary collections of furniture, glass, ceramics, and textiles. 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. $15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers. Gloucester, Mass., historicnewengland.org

Annual Grandiflora Garden Tour
June 8–9
For more than 50 years, this annual event has allowed garden enthusiasts to enjoy some of the most magnificent private gardens in Greenwich. Self-guided tours 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $75 in advance and $95 the day of the event. Garden Education Center of Greenwich,  gecgreenwich.org

Simply Sudbury Garden Tour
June 8–9
Tour seven unique gardens in Sudbury, Massachusetts, at this annual event hosted by the Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury. The gardens range in scope and style from containers for small spaces to a large farm with an orchard. Some of the gardens will host musicians and refreshments. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $35 in advance, $40 day of tour at the Sudbury Town Hall. facebook.com/thursdaygardenclubofsudbury

Garden Conservancy Open Days, Greater Boston
June 9
The Garden Conservancy’s mission is to preserve exceptional gardens across the United States so the public can enjoy and learn from them. Open Days, sponsored by the Conservancy, gives people a chance to support the organization and see some of the country’s most beautiful private gardens. gardenconservancy.org/opendays

Westport Historical Society Hidden Garden Tour
June 10
This year’s tour will highlight five beautiful gardens in Westport Connecticut and one in neighboring Weston. There will be a garden market at the Westport Historical Society selling unique artisan goods as well as a pop-up shop in the barn at one of the gardens. Please visit the Westport Historical Society website for tour times and ticket information, westporthistory.org

Newport Spring Secret Garden Tours
June 15–17
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of some of Newport, Rhode Island’s most prestigious properties. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Aquidneck Island public schools. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of tour, secretgardentours.org

Newport Flower Show
Cottages Smart and Small
June 22–24
What do the grand mansions of Newport and tiny houses have in common? It’s all about lifestyle! This year’s flower show celebrates the tiny house movement by featuring six tiny houses and accompanying gardens. Several social events surround the show, including a festive opening-night party on Friday, and a Sunday Champagne and jazz brunch. Admission for the show $20 in advance, $25 day of event. Tickets for the keynote lectures and social events can be purchased on the Newport Mansions website. Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, R.I.,  newportmansions.org

Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County
Exclusive Home Tour
June 22–24
The 2018 Exclusive Home Tour, presented by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association, showcases homes that represent the vision and craftsmanship of some of the most admired and innovative builders in the lower Fairfield County Connecticut area. Proceeds from the event will benefit local and national charities. VIP kick-off party June 22, tour June 23 and 24, noon–4 p.m., exclusivehometourct.com

The Annual OIA Garden Tour
June 23
The Orleans Improvement Association celebrates 30 years of their fabulous tour. This year’s tour is themed “Secret Gardens” and showcases seven local gardens. Plein air painters and master gardeners will be present at many of the locations. There will be after-tour receptions at local galleries from 4 p.m.–6 p.m., where you can sip wine and meet the artists. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $25 in advance, $27 online, $30 day of event at the Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans. Advance tickets sold at Agway in Chatham, Dennis, and Orleans; The Farm; Friends Market Place; and Snow’s Home and Garden Center. Orleans, Mass., orleansimprovement.org

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day
June 24
Fourteen of Connecticut’s historic gardens will host tours and other special events. Pack a picnic lunch and discover some of the area’s prettiest and most interesting gardens. Noon–4 p.m. See the website for details, cthistoricgardens.org

The Federal-Style Landscape of Rundlet-May
June 27
Take an educational tour of the gardens of the Federal-style Rundlet-May House and learn about the gardens’ past and how the Historic New England staff maintains this slice of horticultural history. 10:30 a.m.–noon. $10 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers. Portsmouth, N.H., historicnewengland.org

Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

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