from the editor
Let us build yours.
Photography: Cheryle St. Onge, M.F. A.
Architect: Remko Breuker
(Massachusetts) Historical Society ( ci.newton.
ma.us/Jackson), which on May 18 is presenting
its 26th Annual House Tour. With eight houses built or renovated between 1825 and
2006, the tour will, as always, highlight Newton’s varied architectural heritage.
thumbing through DESIGN NEW ENGLAND is a
great way to see some of the best architecture,
interiors, and landscape design in the region,
but there are also other ways to peek inside inspiring homes and gardens.
The May/June calendar is packed with
home and garden tours and designer show
houses. Anyone who has ever been involved
with putting together one of these events knows
the long hours of dedicated volunteerism
that go into them. So, we salute the Newton
POR TRAI T B Y JOEL BENJAMIN
Still, Boston’s Beacon Hill Garden Club may have the record for longevity.
Every year save one since 1929, the club has presented its annual Tour of the Hidden
Gardens of Beacon Hill on the third Thursday in May. That makes this year’s May 15
tour of 12 private gardens the 79th time garden lovers will be able to witness, as the club
website ( beaconhillgardenclub.org) aptly puts it, “the small wonders that can be wrought
despite New England weather, space limitations and shade.”
Interior design inspiration can be found at The Ultimate Design Installation, the
second annual Dream Home event at the Boston Design Center ( bostondesign.com/
dreamhome). Nine designers were each assigned the task of transforming raw space into
something heavenly. The rooms will be open to the public through July 31. All proceeds
benefit The Esplanade Association of Boston.
Last but not least, on June 21, a time when New England gardens tend to be at their
peak, The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program ( opendaysprogram.org) offers an
opportunity to view outstanding gardens in Boston’s western suburbs, including the Italianate landscape featured on Page 96, where you can see, if not smell, the roses.
photography has appeared in
New Old House, Yankee, and
Country Living Gardener. For us,
he shot a lakeside house in
Vermont, the state where the
Long Island, New York, native
now lives with his wife and three
children. The beauty of the
region inspired his book Vermont
Impressions, a collection of
kate bernhardt, former
bureau chief for
passionate about the melding of
design and sustainability.
“Developments like this one,”
she says of the Brookline,
Massachusetts, real estate
project she wrote about for us,
“are inspirational guides to
anyone who cares about beauty
gail ravgiala, editor
landscapes, gardens, and the
people who live and work them.
A horticulturist herself, she grew
up on a farm on the North Fork of
Long Island, New York, and
currently is exploring the perils
and pleasures of urban gardening
in her own backyard in Boston’s
italian renaissance, page 96