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


The 2020 tour will be held on June 7, 2020. We hope see you there!

Want to get involved in planning the event? Fill out our volunteer form to get on the mailing list.


Nominate your garden, a neighbor’s, or a favorite you want to peek into! Just fill out our online form and our team will do the rest.

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 >>