The Boston Public Garden
The Boston Public Garden, established in 1837, was the first public botanical garden in the United States. Though it is a botanical garden the official title of Boston Botanical Garden is given to the Darwin project. Nonetheless, this gem of a garden deserves its status of being a heritage site. The garden lies right next to the Boston Common which is more or less an unstructured open space.
The Public Garden contains a lake and a series of different plants that vary from season to season. These two parks are adjacent to each other. They are located centrally within the bordering areas of Back Bay, South End, Chinatown, Beacon Hill, & the North End. These two parks are an oasis for those who want to get away from the hustle & bustle of Boston.
The Boston Public Garden is maintained by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with the Friends of the Public Garden. Through their combined efforts they maintain the garden in brilliant state of excellence. It is truly a wonderful site when the the dreariness of winter is completely replaced by the exuberance of Spring. It's almost as if the city and its soul experience a rebirth. The Boston Public Garden is the show piece of this springtime metamorphosis.
The stars of the show are the carpets of multicolored tulips, but others are no less lively. Pink and white cherry blossoms adorn one side of the park, while weeping willows festooned with yellow blossoms dip their droopy branches into the lake. Colorful mallards create criss crossing trails on the water while there is also a flock of live white swans that live in the Garden. The elegant statues and monuments of the garden become winsome ornaments for this colorful display.
Its 24 acres, developed from what was once marsh land, is the landscaped design of George V. Meacham, winner of a public competition for which he received an award of one hundred dollars. In 1859, by an Act of the Massachusetts Legislature, the Public Garden was preserved forever as an open space for the citizenry. Through the years, modifications to accommodate the increasing traffic and availability of new plant material have been made with the initial design always in mind.
Today, with its plant material chosen for ornamental excellence as well as its botanical diversity, it forms a green and flowering oasis in the heart of a great metropolis. Even in winter, a brisk walk through the park is quite enjoyable. Flower beds provide glorious color from early April until the frosts of October, and the thousands of plants grown in the city greenhouses maintain a continuous ever-refreshing variety. Numerous works of public art adorn its winding paths that skirt its three acre lagoon. Take a look at some of the trees and you will find Latin names affixed to many of them. Boston schoolchildren were once taken around the park and expected to translate the signs.
During summer months free outdoor theater presentations please picnic-toting spectators who lounge on blankets. Check out the Tremont Street side for the visitors’ center. There you can find information, maps and tours.
It is great place to bring children. If you had to come here in the pleasant months you would see lots of families bring picnic lunches and play games, read stories and walk around the park checking out the plants for hours at a time. A trip to the Boston Public Garden just wouldn't be complete without a ride on its ever famous
Children and adults alike will love the ride around the pond. It is one of the favorite attractions in the garden as the swan boats which have been cruising the garden's pond for more than 120 years.
Make Way For Ducklings
"Make Way For Ducklings" - Mrs. Mallard, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack. Make way for the ducklings is a popular children's story dating back to 1941.
The book, written by Robert McCloskey, is about a family of ducks that lived in Boston's Public Garden. The park has iron statues created by Nancy Schön, of the momma duck and her babies. The statues cast in 1987, were erected in honor of the book. If you want to see the statue it is near the entrance to the Public Garden at Charles and Beacon Streets. These ducks are one of the prize possessions of the citizens of Boston.
The Boston public garden is a great place to come and visit during a trip to Boston. If you have kids the slow pace of the garden and the general feeling of the garden will give you a relaxing afternoon.
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