Plant sale was a huge success. Now we are planting annuals and dahlias.

Are you interested in volunteering with Generous Gardeners? We are not a garden club, but rather a group of volunteer gardeners with the mission of beautification of Gloucester with public flower gardens. We now care for over 45 gardens. Stacy Boulevard is our largest, but just one of the 45. There are no dues, no meetings, no obligation and it is lots of fun. Just fill out our signup form and you will be added to our email blast list. You will then know where and when we are gardening and you can come when it is convenient. We will give you a green apron. Volunteers must wear the apron when gardening in a public space so it is clear you are one of our group.

Garden Tour Ticket information:

Dear Garden Enthusiast,  

The 10th Annual Generous Gardeners Garden Tour tickets are on sale!    Explore private hidden garden treasures in the rural West Gloucester area. The diverse gardens reflect the character of this unique landscape and the residents who created them. Many have fantastic views of Essex Bay and the Great Marsh. Rain or shine. Timed tickets are $30 each and must be purchased in advance at GenerousGardeners.org.  

This year five shuttle buses will be running the route to drop off and pick up close to the gardens from our four designated parking areas. There is absolutely no street parking in this area of town and no parking available at any of the gardens. Tickets will be purchased with your choice of an assigned parking area. The full garden loop is just over 5 miles, so you can get your steps in for the day! Please note there are no sidewalks on any of the public streets in this area but signs will notify drivers to watch for garden tour walkers on the roads.  In addition to seeing gardens you will experience the beauty of West Gloucester as you walk along the route.  And there are always the shuttle buses if you want to ride.  

As always, the proceeds fund the beautiful public gardens maintained by Generous Gardeners volunteers all over the city.   Please carefully choose your specific parking area and timed ticket.  We suggest pre-ordering a catered lunch as there are no restaurants along the route.  Click here for lunch options:  

OPTION 1 West Parish School: 10 Concord Street.  This is a paved lot  1.6 miles from the start of the tour. Shuttle buses will bring you to the closest garden.  

OPTION 2 Loud Field: 300 Concord Street.  We suggest more rugged vehicles for this location as it is an open uneven field although it is in a great central location for the tour.  Walkable with shuttle option.  

OPTION 3 Fryklund Tree Farm: 250 Concord Street.  Parking is on various mowed, grassy areas. Very close to the tour route.  Walkable with optional shuttle.  

OPTION 4 Essex Woods Corporate Retreat: 1 Conomo Point Road, Essex.  This parking location is a bit further from the route but still walkable with a shuttle option.     We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, July 9th, 2022. 2022 Gloucester Garden Tour Tickets Feel free to email with questions.
Susan Kelly Co-Chair of the Garden Tour Committee 
President of Generous Gardeners 781-346-1363 susan@generousgardeners.org
Triton sculpture at the Betty Smith garden is in full bloom with red tulips!

Cape Ann’s beautiful natural environment and colorful seaside gardens perpetually inspire artists, designers, landscapers and now a growing community of civic-minded gardening enthusiasts.  As part of the seven million dollar seawall reconstruction project along Stacy Boulevard, numerous garden beds were installed and Gloucester’s volunteer group of Generous Gardeners planted them with thousands of colorful flowers. A riot of color is now enjoyed by all who stroll along the iconic boulevard. Generous Gardeners has also enhanced the rough charm of Gloucester’s working waterfront filling over 45 public spaces with beautiful bulbs, annuals and perennials. Contact Susan Kelly at susan@generousgardeners.org or 781-346-1363 to volunteer or learn more.

Enjoy a video about how to divide dahlias from our Dahlia Queen – Antonietta. Please note that we initially wrapped our tubers in plastic wrap, but found they were rotting, so moved them to bins with vermiculite or peat moss. Thank you to our volunteer videographer Leslie Heffron!

“Gardeners are the first sign of commitment to a community” – Ann Raver

Check out our documentary created by Sean O’Laughlin of Cut Bridge Productions 2019