Sun, Jun 11
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
We are proud to partner with the Mary M.B. Wakefield Estate to bring you this Open Day. Each June, the Wakefield Estate welcomes visitors to celebrate the annual blooming of hundreds of Polly Wakefield’s kousa dogwood trees during “Dogwood Days”. As host garden, the Wakefield Estate has helped us line up several remarkable gardens, some with historical pedigrees and others representing remarkable accomplishments of local gardeners and landscape designers.
Begin your day at the Wakefield Estate, purchase a discounted day pass ($30 for all five gardens), pick up a map and head out to see some or all of these great and inspiring gardens. A guided tour of the Wakefield Estate will be offered at 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.
*Please note: the Dustman-Ryan garden in West Roxbury, MA has been added to this date after publication of the 2017 Open Days Directory; see the listing below.
Expert in the Garden! with Judith Tankard at The Former "Mrs. Holden McGinley Garden" designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, Milton, MA, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Judith B. Tankard will talk about the importance of this historic garden and its famous designer, Ellen Shipman. Designed in the 1920s as a series of stunning outdoor rooms, it was embellished with Shipman’s signature water features, garden ornament, and flower borders. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society commended it for its “great charm and restraint.” Judith is a landscape historian and author of books on Shipman and other landscape architects. She is a Garden Conservancy Fellow and an Open Days host on Martha’s Vineyard.
Admission to each garden is $7. Don't forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They never expire and can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.
- Mary M. B. Wakefield Estate
Open Days coincides with the Wakefield Estate’s own Dogwood Days, timed to give the public a rare opportunity to enjoy our collection of hundreds of Chinese Dogwoods...
- Eustis Estate
The Eustis Estate, a largely intact late nineteenth-century county home, sits on over eighty acres nestled at the base of the Blue Hills.
- The Roberts Garden - Formerly the "Helen Gilbert Estate" Designed by Fletcher Steele
Not to be missed! The Roberts Garden was formerly the Helen Gilbert Estate, designed by Fletcher Steele between 1953 and 1960.
- The former “Mrs. Holden McGinley Garden” designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman
An intact garden designed for Mrs. Holden McGinley by Ellen Biddle Shipman in 1925, at the peak of her illustrious career as one of America’s premiere landscape architects.
- Dustman-Ryan Garden
This garden reflects the creative efforts of a mighty team: Christie Dustman, professional garden designer and Patti Ryan, a professional furniture maker.