PORTSMOUTH – Atlantic Heights, a historic neighborhood built in 1918 now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, will host its 20th annual Garden Tour on Saturday, July 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour will be held rain or shine.

Spend a Saturday morning meandering through a dozen or more backyard pocket gardens, within easy walking distance of each other. These are handmade gardens created by people with busy lives. You’ll see how resourceful gardeners have created highly individual gardens, ranging from lush cottage borders to thriving vegetable plots. There is even a garden that incorporates intriguing sculptures created by the artist/gardener.

Neighbors in Atlantic Heights work together to make their public spaces appealing. There are Adopt-A-Spots transformed by Garden Club members and other neighbors from open places into blooming spaces, a community herb garden, and a cutting garden where neighbors can snip cilantro for salsa or pick a few poppies for their table. There are also community gardens where dedicated gardeners are growing their own local produce.

A donation is requested so that the Garden Club can continue its community projects.

Atlantic Heights is a historic neighborhood of modest brick homes built in 1918 as a self-contained community to house shipyard workers for the Atlantic Heights Shipyard on the banks of the Piscataqua River. The site of the shipyard is now where the I-95 bridge connects New Hampshire and Maine, but the neighborhood is much the same as it was in 1918. The neighborhood is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.