The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle may be on the cutting edge with its energy-efficiency theme, but there are several options for traditional house and garden tours in area communities this spring.
■ The annual Newton House Tour, sponsored by Historic Newton, showcases the city’s wide variety of architectural designs and historical properties. This year’s tour is scheduled for May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets go on sale April 1. For more information, call 617-796-1450.
■ In Dover, the Secret Garden Tour, featuring private yards around town, is a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Dover Town Library. It will be held June 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets on sale May 1. For information, call 508-785-8113 or go to www.friendsofdoverlibrary.com.
■ In Boylston, the Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s annual tour — City Spaces, Country Places — takes place June 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 508-869-6111 or go to www.towerhillbg.org.
■ The Concord Museum’s annual Garden Tour features a variety of properties in town with interesting approaches to design and landscaping. This year’s event is scheduled for May 31 and June 1. For more information, go to www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763.Nancy Shohet West can be reached at nancyswest@