We had been to Stevens Coolidge once in the early spring, and thought it was nice but not special. We went back in early October, though, and the flowers being in bloom made all the difference. The gardens were just gorgeous and, like the Trustees' Long Hill property (in Beverly), you're allowed to pick your own flowers for a small fee. We couldn't believe we were the only ones there and, given the lack of a guide, you feel like you own the place rather than like a tourist. A real hidden gem on the north shore.