Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour

The Secret Gardens of Cambridge, presented on alternate years, is a signature fundraising event of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. This special self-guided tour is held on an early Sunday in June, just as spring turns to summer.  Since 2000, the Friends have been uncovering secret gardens in neighborhoods all across the city and inviting our friends and neighbors to take a peek!

The Secret Gardens tour has featured more than 200 individual gardens in Cambridge, from a hidden swimming pond in a small backyard oasis to a garden that springs to life with thousands of bulbs each year; from a woodland tree-lined front walk to guided contours of border plantings and decorative pots. Some are small and sunny, others are large or shady. Flowers, herbs, sculptures, and stones adorn the deeply diverse variety of gardens found in every nook and cranny of Cambridge.

Photos by Cambridge resident Jim Landfried

Thank You!

On Sunday, June 3, 2018, more than 35 gardens were open to ticket holders, and the Friends raised an all-time high total. In part, the money will help support a significant contribution from the Friends to the Library's growing science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) learning experiences for youth, families, and other patrons. A very special thank you to the gardeners who generously shared their gardens, our volunteers who shared their time, our local business partners, and all our friends and neighbors who made the day an incredible success!

Can’t Wait til the Next Tour?

Inspired by our biennial Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour, enjoy a peek into secret gardens in neighborhoods all across the city! Author and Friends member Frances Tenenbaum worked at Houghton Mifflin where she specialized in books for the American gardener. She envisioned and edited The Secret Gardens of Cambridge, a fully illustrated book of very special Cambridge gardens. Buy now >>