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Fletcher Steele once said, “For of all the works of man, the garden…becomes more beautiful as the generations pass through it.”

Join The Trustees of Reservations for their fifth annual free Home Sweet Home event on May 19. This year’s theme is “public gardens.” The ten historic sites that will open for free during this event include Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, The Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover, the Old Manse in Concord, The Ashley House in Sheffield, Naumkeag in Stockbridge, the Mission House in Stockbridge, The Folly at Field Farm in Williamstown, and the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington.

The Trustees’ public gardens are a living documentary of Massachusetts horticulture and design traditions and they are celebrating those gardens, many of which are part of the landscapes of the organization’s historic homes, at Home Sweet Home. Come experience all the beauty, history, and unique stories contained within each home, as well as the exquisitely designed gardens and stunning natural landscapes that continue to inspire creative minds to this day. Whether you’re a garden lover, an architecture aficionado, a plein air painter, or simply curious, there is a house for you to explore.

Home Sweet Home will take place Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ten Trustees historic sites which generally charge admission during the open season, and a few of which are only open to the public a few times each year. From the Berkshires to Greater Boston, there’s a Home Sweet Home open for you.

Check out the horticulturally diverse gardens and designed landscapes of these homes, while partaking in special tours and gardening workshops, as well as family activities and refreshments. Free. Various locations. For the complete schedule of activities, visit