There will be 12 fabulous New England gardens on tour during the 2024 AHS Convention. See a sneak preview of each garden below!
Optional bus transportation is available (additional cost), in addition to self-driving! Bus tours include box lunch on Friday and Saturday!
Thursday Garden Tours
- Deb & Stan Ames
- Mary Arnberg
- Robin Murray
Friday Garden Tours
- Rindy & Gerry Bennett
- Cochato Nursery – Sue DaBrava & Chuck Doughty
- Suzanne & Bruce Mahler
- Rick & Sheila Goodenough
Saturday Garden Tours
- HostaAmour – Cheryl & Rick Cravino
- Cindy Bortolan
- Mason Hollow Nursery – Sue & Chuck Andersen
- Allison O’Neil
- Ann Chepjian
Optional tour gardens will also be available on Sunday – see Optional Tour Gardens under Gardens on the menu at the top of the this page.
2024 Tour Garden Preview
Deb & Stan Ames — Thursday
This unique garden blends two passions of our hosts, Deb and Stan; the love of their woodland garden setting and railroads. Be prepared to be amazed!
Mary Arnberg — Thursday
Mary has been a longtime member of the American Hosta Society and her garden was featured in 2011. We are so pleased that Mary will open up her garden oasis to us again in 2024!
Robin Murray — Thursday
Robin is new to the AHS, but not new to loving hostas and she is proud to make clear that “my gardens are a place in which to have fun”
Attendees will be treated to a New England Clambake & BBQ on Thursday evening at Robin & Don’s home.
Rindy & Gerry Bennett — Friday
Spectacular gardens surround Rindy & Gerry’s 18th century home. Incredibly grown hostas nestle among dallies, conifers, ornamental trees, and many colorful perennials of all shapes, textures and colors.
“People often comment that we must have had a Master Plan but that’s just not the case. Our property just developed along side our interests we added new plant categories, a swimming pool, and a replica of a 17th century pilgrim house”
Sue DuBrava & Chuck Doughty — Friday
Located in Holbrook, MA, this nursery is a place of garden inspiration! Wander through the wonderful display gardens chock full of hostas, companion plants and beautifully grown perennials. Visitors will also have the opportunity to do a little shopping as well.
Suzanne & Bruce Mahler — Friday
Suzanne and Bruce have been developing their acre and a half property for more than 45 years. Shaded by the now mature trees, the gardens are predominantly shady which has led to “collections of shade-loving annuals, perennials and hostas for cool retreats on hot summer days”.
Sheila & Rick Goodenough — Friday
Rick and Sheila’s lovely garden sits on a “heavily wooded, steep, rocky and narrow acre”. It contains collections of small tree species and cultivars which provide the framework for spectacular plantings of many woodland favorites; ferns, Snowdrops, Erythronium, Martagon lilies, and hostas that include 25 years of Rick’s hybridizing efforts.
This garden can also be nicknamed “The Mountain Goat Garden” and for those who are not surefooted and confident enough to wander down the meandering pathways, take in the stunning view from above.
Cheryl & Rick Cravino — Saturday
Celebrating their 21st season, Cheryl and Rick’s unique home garden business is surrounded by nearly 400 varieties of hostas artfully adorned with “all things vintage”, upcycled art, rusty garden treasures, galvanized goodies and one-of-a-kind creations including a shed turned vintage shop where visitors will have the opportunity to shop for hostas as well as that special garden treasure.
Cindy Bortolan — Saturday
Cindy’s garden has been an evolution over the last 25 years, beginning as “a scrubby mess’ and evolving into an eden of hostas, peonies and others “little gems” that she and her close friend, Mary Arnberg, discovered during their many nursery visits and garden symposium attendance. Great care has been taken to celebrate nature by remaining totally organic and full of wildlife.
Sue & Chuck Andersen — Saturday
Mason Hollow Nursery
Located in Mason, NH this nursery and display garden is a New England treat! There will be time to stroll and enjoy the mature hostas as well as a chance to shop. Along with hosta, Mason Hollow Nursery also offers great selections of wild flowers, ferns, trees & shrubs, conifers and many other selected perennials.
Allison O’Neil — Saturday
This once “humble garden” has grown “aggressively” since Allison and her husband moved in 2017 and now encompasses over 800 hosta cultivars as well as dozens of varieties of Japanese maples and conifers as well as companion plants and perennials. Attendees will be among the first to ever have the pleasure to tour this incredibly colorful and imaginative garden and koi pods.
Ann Chepjian — Saturday
Ann proudly states why she gardens, “to invite birds and give worms and insects a special place to proliferate.” Emphasis on the words special, as that is how best to describe this sprawling oasis. Hostas are a small piece of the overall celebration of nature; a ‘symphony’ of color, texture, function and inspiration. You will find yourself lost in the beauty and serenity of this very special place.