Sunday, September 10 from 1-4pm. Multiple locations in Newton.

Join gardening enthusiasts in the first Newton Pollinator Garden Tour, a free tour of public and private pollinator gardens in Newton. Attendees can drop in at the gardens during the corresponding time periods below. There will be volunteers to answer questions and provide information on the development of the gardens.

  • The North Area (1-3 pm) will be focused around the garden areas at Wellington Park (Kilburn Road, West Newton). Nearby are a number of additional front yard pollinator-oriented gardens and a planted traffic island.
  • The South Area (2-4 pm) will be cover the areas around the Community Demonstration Pollinator Gardens at Newton City Hall (Homer Street, Newton Centre) and at nearby Cold Spring Park (Beacon Street, Newton)

Pre-registration is encouraged and those who register will receive a map and detailed planting lists of the gardens on the tour. Please note in the “Comments” field at registration which tour(s) you plan to take so we can notify you of any changes or cancellations. The rain date is September 17.


The tour is sponsored by the Newton Community Pollinator Project in conjunction with the Newton Conservators, Newton Parks Recreation and Culture Department, Green Newton, Friends of Cold Spring Park,  Friends of Wellington Park, and the Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group.

Why pollinator gardens? Gardens with native plants can be both beautiful and functional at sustaining our pollinators. Our environment is at risk because of precipitous declines in native plants and the insects, birds, and other animals that depend on those plants.

There has been tremendous interest in how to create a pollinator garden and what plants to use there. Check out the Newton Pollinator Toolkit which is a great guide to what plants work for various conditions in the Newton area. If you want to see these plants in action, there have been a number of demonstration pollinator gardens planted – notably at City Hall and more recently at Cold Spring Park – both on the tour. Newton Conservators has featured many informative and popular webinars on this topic and recordings of these videos can be found on our YouTube channel.

Maybe you have a great pollinator garden in Newton that you would like to show off? Let us know by emailing and perhaps we can feature your garden in the future!