Tuesday mornings July 15-29 (see below for information on individual weeks)

Take a break from the summer heat to hear the fascinating stories behind these monumental and luscious gardens, from their inceptions to recent renovations. Experience one of America’s first botanical gardens, Boston’s green oasis, the Public Garden; the magnificent mansion gardens of Newport, Rhode Island; and the gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Monticello. 

Three-session course tickets ($60, $75) are not available online.
To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.
The first price is for members, seniors, and students; the second is full price.
Ticket policies

Above: Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, Rhode Island; Courtesy Gavin Ashworth/The Preservation Society of Newport County.

In This Series


Lectures and Courses

Week 1 of 3
The Boston Public Garden: The Atypical Landscape
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
10:30 am12:00 pm

Explore the true origins of the Boston Public Garden.


Lectures and Courses

Week 2 of 3
Gardens of the Newport Mansions
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
10:30 am12:00 pm

Hear the inside story of the miraculous gardens of the Newport mansions


Lectures and Courses

Week 3 of 3
Jefferson's Monticello: A Garden of Science and Art
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
10:30 am12:00 pm

Examine Thomas Jefferson’s enduring legacy of horticulture