Every year I spend a day peeking into the beautiful back yards of the good people of the South End. If you've visited Boston you'll know this area is known for its brownstones, cobbled streets, and fantastic shopping and eating. Its also the neighbourhood of a dear friend of mine, and it's she that I get to do the South End Garden Tour with (um, but that's not us in the pic!).
The tour is varies each year, going to different homes and gardens, and revealing new things. This year there were artists at a lot of the venues, painting artwork that would later be sold at a reception. I also had the pleasure of meeting Didi, the Italian Greyhound at one of the gardens, seeing an amazing rooftop of an ex-fire station and finding those little details at each place that made it special.
The day started off at the lovely Buttery. Nom nom! A little coffee and a bite to sustain our ambling.
One of the first places we saw was Montgomery Park (like all the pics in this post, you can click on it to see it bigger). These amazing hidden gardens are actually a large shared park behind houses of the same name, and shared by the residents of those homes. Most of the time we were there, my friend and I were plotting how we could move in!
As we walked from there to the next stop on the tour, I had a chance to really appreciate the architecture of the neighbourhood. How is it that even if you live somewhere, you hardly ever slow down to really look?
We also got a sneaky peek inside some of the homes! How fantastic is that wallpaper on the left? And how clever to have French Doors that open like a balcony?
The night before the Boston ice hockey team, the Bruins, had won the Stanley Cup for the first time. So just a couple miles away the team was parading through Boston... the entire garden tour had a soundtrack of news helicopters overhead, and for the first time ever, I saw a huge flag flown from a building in Boston. It was gigantic.
But the highlight of the day were the gardens, of course.
It was great. Can't wait for next year!