This new, more conservation-oriented talk is based on my ‘Friend of the Earth’ speech at Salem State University.

The event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!



Additionally Sherri Casey from the Rockport Garden Club writes: All RGC members and guests are welcome to attend our July 9 evening meeting at the Rockport Art Association. This should be a beautiful, informative talk by Kim Smith titled, “Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly.” The evening starts at 6:00 with a wine and cheese reception followed by Kim’s presentation. If you would like to attend but do not drive at night we can arrange for a ride. Please contact Sherri Casey.



The Rockport Garden Club invites you to attend its 2017 garden tour: Rockport in Bloom. This self-guided tour consists of 11 private gardens clustered in the three Rockport neighborhoods. Each garden celebrates the diverse geography of Rockport, from sweeping ocean vistas, to enchanting gardens with water features, to unique granite sculptures and arches evoking the legacy of the granite industry in Rockport.  Lunch, including a vegetarian option, is also available for your purchase and enjoyment in a seaside garden.  An additional feature for this year’s tour includes artists in the garden.  Several local artists will be painting ‘en plein air’ during the tour and are sponsoring a wine and cheese reception that will take place following the tour on Saturday, July 8th at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway from 4:00 to 8:30 pm. All are welcome.

Tour dates are: July 7 and 8 from 10am to 4pm each day. On tour days, tickets may be purchased at the Rockport Police Station (cash, check or credit card), 168 Main St. and Toad Hall Book Store (cash or check only), 47 Main St, Rockport, MA.  Tickets purchased in advance may be picked up at the police station. The tour is held rain or shine. Please see the RGC website: for additional information.

Artists to join Rockport in Bloom 2017!!
Rockport in Bloom will now be captured on canvas.  Our 2017
tour will see the addition of artists in the gardens! You will see
the garden through the artist’s eyes.  Watch as they transform a
garden into a lasting image showing what the homeowner and
“Mother Nature” have created. Look for the following artists on
the garden tour. Click on each artist for bios, artists work and
contact information.

Jude Abbe

Sharon Jordan Bahosh

John Caggiano

Janice Castellano

Dan DeLouise

Susan Drennan

Elizabeth Harty

Heidi McGrath

Kathleen Miller

Holly Anderson Popeo

Lynn Wrona

Heidi Zander

View Slideshow of past Rockport Garden Club Tour! (Click Here)

Looking for a place to stay while enjoying Rockport and the Rockport Garden Tour?
For your convenience we have attached a list of some of the local inns. Click Here!
We look forward to seeing you!

History of the Tour

2017 Theme

Ticket Sales



Garden Tour Sponsors

For additonal questions or information, please email:

Rockport in Bloom

The Rockport Garden Club, Rockport, Massachusetts

Friday, June 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

This is a self guided tour of 10 private gardens from Pigeon Cove to the South End, and in town Rockport. The gardens range from an inviting cozy garden on Bearskin Neck to expansive seaside vistas to self-sustaining gardens replete with chickens, ducks, and bees.  The gardens show the wonderful diversity of Rockport life and invite all to enjoy all that Rockport has to offer.

The Rockport Garden Tour is June 24 & 25, 2016 from 10am to 4pm each day. Early bird discount: $20 if purchased prior to June 1. Starting June 1 tickets are $25. (There is an additional fee applicable for online purchases.) Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Rockport Police Station on the days of the tour.  Tickets can also be purchased on the days of the tour for $25 at the Rockport Police Station 168 Main Street; and, at Toad Hall Book Store, 47 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  Tour is held rain or shine.


Kim Smith Guest Speaker at the Rockport Garden Club Monday, October 6th

Rockport Garden Club ©Kim Smith 2014Sign Posted at the Rockport Community Center Garden

Next Monday afternoon at the Community House I will be presenting my “Pollinator Garden” program to the Rockport Garden Club. I am looking forward to meeting with this great group of civic-minded gardeners.  I see their signs all around town at the various gardens they maintain and they do a simply outstanding job! The program begins at 1:15 and the doors open to the public at 1:00.

The Pollinator Garden

Following the rhythm of the seasons, celebrated landscape designer Kim Smith presents a stunning slide show and lecture demonstrating how to create a welcoming haven for bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Native plants and examples of organic and architectural features will be discussed based on their value to particular vertebrates and invertebrates.

Please visit the Programs Page of visit my website for a complete list of program offerings.

Whirling Butterflies (Gaura lindheimeri) ©Kim Smith 2014Whirling Butterflies (Gaura lindheimeri) at the Rockport Community House and Senior Center

Gaura is not a only a fabulous drought tolerant plant for the water-wise garden, it is also a caterpillar food plant for the beautiful day-flying White-lined Sphinx Moth.

Hummingbird-Hawk-Moth-Life-CycleGraphic Source:

White-lined_sphinxAbove White-lined Sphinx Moth image courtesy wiki commons media.

The Rockport Community House is located at 58 Broadway, Rockport.

Rockport Stuff: Farmers Market, Garden Club Tour, Scandinavian Mid-Summer Fest

Rockport is kicking into summer this weekend with the Rockport Garden Club Tour, which starts on Friday June 20th. It’s a walking tour this year, which is cool because well, you can walk from garden to garden. Just imagine, instead of getting into your car between gardens on the tour, you can stroll at a leisurely pace, enjoying the hidden botanical gems of Rockport. No more fumbling with your keys, no more peering from the map in your hand back to the windshield as you try to find the next location, no more nearly side-swiping some unsuspecting tourist or one of your fellow Garden Club members in your desperate attempt to find a parking space. The Garden Tours are always wonderful, but this one might just be the most relaxing and inspiring one yet — you don’t want to miss it. Tickets are available at Toad Hall Bookstore now through the dates of the tour, and on the dates of the tour (June 20th and 21st) at Harvey Park under the Rockport Garden Club tent.Garen tour Poster 2014_500x398

Spiran Hall is hosting their annual Scandinavian Mid-Summer Fest this Saturday, June 21st, also in Harvey Park at the corner of Pleasant Street and Broadway. The Mid-Summer Fest features all sorts of good clean Nordic fun: pickled fish, strawberries and cream and nisu bread for starters. Folk dancers and singers will be on hand and a maypole will be set up for a little ceremonial welcome to summer. And if summer ever deserved a welcome, it is this year. Glad Midsomer! as they say.

Finally, the ROCKPORT FARMERS MARKET is back! This is all-caps, because I’m excited. Fresh food made, grown or produced by hard-working folks in cooperation with the earth. Rockport may not have a grocery store, but we have our sweet little Farmers Market, so that’s a good start. And since the market falls on a Saturday, it’s a great complement to the Thurday Cape Ann Farmers Market. Patrons can go to both each week and stuff themselves with good stuff. Fresh food all the time, that’s our motto on Cape Ann. Well, not really, but it’s not a bad idea. The Rockport Farmers Market vendors will offer fresh produce, small-batch salsa, hummus and guacamole, baked goods, coffee, maple syrup, eggs, and more and more.

See you in downtown Rockport on Saturday, June 21st for some good food, beautiful gardens and Scandinavian rituals!


Rockport Garden Club COASTAL GARDENS TOUR July 8th and 9th

Rockport Garden Club will feature thirteen gardens on this year’s tour, which will take place, rain or shine, on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of these private gardens have never before been open to the public. While the gardens vary in size, location, composition, and plant materials, they share a common thread: each garden has had significant owner input in the design and execution. The tour includes several water gardens, an impressive collection of low-maintenance grasses and bamboo, unique garden sculptures, cottages gardens bursting with color from early spring through late autumn, dramatic use of local granite as hardscape, and a beautifully crafted garden overlooking the sea.

Each day a luncheon and a sale of original art works by local artists will be hosted at an expansive oceanside garden. Proceeds from the garden tour help to fund the planting and maintenance of Rockport’s twelve town gardens, various civic projects, and several scholarships.

Tickets for the garden tour are $25 each, and may be purchased in advance by calling 978-546-2896 or 978-546-6861 or by emailing Tickets are also for sale at Toad Hall Book Store, 51 Main Street; La Provence, 6 Main Street, and Pier and Main Fine Gifts, 1 Main Street. On July 7, 8, and 9 tickets will be sold from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Information Booth on Upper Broadway and at the Information Booth at Barletta Park, on the corner of Broadway and Top of T Wharf.

Rockport Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday June 4th

Rockport Garden Club Plant Sale

Rockport Community House – 58 Broadway

Saturday, June 4, 2011   9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


The Rockport Garden Club invites you to our annual Plant Sale at the Community House.  A wide selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs, bulbs, house plants, hanging baskets, and vegetable seedlings will be available.  We will also feature a raffle of unique garden-related items including a kinetic garden sculpture crafted by Jim Waddell.  Proceeds fund planting and maintenance of Rockport’s twelve town gardens, various civic projects, and several scholarships.

Please visit for more information.