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Address : 4 Charles St, Boston.

Open Hours : 6.30 am - 8 pm

Suggested Hours : 2 Hours

Established in : 1837

Established by : Horace Gray

Entry Fee : Free

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Boston Public Garden , Boston Overview

Established in 1837 the Boston Public Garden is not only Boston’s oldest but also largest garden that has a total area of 64 acres. The park has a wide range of flora and vegetation on display for the visitors. The garden also has a pathway for people to walk and patches of luscious green grass around the park. There are also historical statues and figures of revolutionary American patriots who gave their lives for the country.

Located in the heart of the busy city of Boston the public garden is surely one of Boston’s most loved, visited, and well kept ancient gardens. The garden has an exotic range of newly hybridized and propagated plants and flowers that create a perfect romantic setting for several weddings and joyful occasions. The park also grows greenhouse plants with the aim of purifying the air and creating a better environment for the visitors. Boston public garden is not only home to these flowers and plants but also a Victorian style of architecture that is often seen in the statues and smaller monuments around the park. The Boston public also in its midst has a large pond full of swans and fish.

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How to reach the Park

Public transport in Boston is one of the most efficient working transport systems. Reaching the Boston park becomes easy by using the subway. Here are the following steps one can take while visiting the park:
  • GreenLine- From the green line, you stop at Park Street station which is located at the corner of Park Street, and then the Boston public garden is only a few steps away. The green line also stops at Boylston station on station on Tremont street which is also a walk away to the garden. The best is to take the green line at the Arlington station which stops right opposite the gate of the public garden.
  • Blue Line- Use the blue line to get off the Government Center Station after which you take the green line to any other station mentioned above.
  • For a better understanding of the station stops and lines, visitors should use the MBTA map.
  • Driving to the park is also a way where the visitors can reach the park. Using google map software would be the most efficient way to get directions.
  • The following is the full address of the park which one can type in for better directions: Boston Public Garden, 4, Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116.

Things to do at Boston public garden

The Boston Public Garden attracts visitors of all age groups for several different purposes. Here’s a list of what one can do at the Boston public garden. 
  • Ice Skating/ stroll- During the cold winters of Boston, people usually ice skate in the thin layers of ice that form on parts of the Public Garden. People often enjoy doing this during the winters with their friends and families. During the summers, people often just stroll around the park, which proves to be extremely refreshing.
  • Walk during the fall- A walk around the park during fall shows the brighter side of vegetation. The 600 native and imported trees show a wide range of vegetation. The gorgeous shapes and colours of leaves and trees are usually pleasing to the eye. 
  • Tulips in the park- The Boston public also has a section of colourful and well-maintained tulips. During the spring season, the tulips are in full bloom and are the perfect sight for any photographer.
  • Met the Ducklings statue- Not only the most famous statue in the park but also the most famous statue in the country. The statue of the walking duck is an attraction for not only children but also adults.
  • Swan boat rides- The pond at the Boston public garden has swan-shaped boats that have been working for over 100 years. These boats take visitors around the pond where they can see swans and feed them bread crumbs. The 15-minute boat rides in the 3-4 feet deep ancient pond.

Statues and structures at Boston Public Garden

The park is home to several statues of American patriots, historians, and other great revolutionary men who now have statues at the Boston Public as a tribute to remember them. There are also smaller fountains at the park to enhance its beauty. Here are a few famous and well-made statues and structures of the park. 
  • Equiristean statue of George Washington made by Thomas Bell. 
  • Small Child Fountain by Mary E. Moore.
  • Ether monument- A 30 feet tall granite and red marble monument that was gifted to the members of the park by Thomas Lee. The statue tells us the Parable of the good Samaritan.
  • A memorial fountain in the memory of Boston’s famous philanthropist George Robert White.
  • Anna Coleman Ladd's Triton Babies Fountain.
  • Bronze ‘Make Way for the Ducklings Statue’. 
  • Bronze statue of Edward Everett Hale, an American Historian.
  • Statue of Wendell Philips. 
  • Statue of Colonel Thomas Cass
  • Statue of Charles Sumner, a senator from the civil war in Massachusetts. 
  • Beautiful Japanese hanging lantern gifted to the park. 
  • Memorial to the 206 people who died in the terrorist attacks. 

Vegetation at the Boston public garden

The vegetation at the Boston garden starts from simple plantations to highly propagated and hybridized plants and flowers. They have a systematic and practical arrangement of these plants. The pathways have a bed of flowers moving along its line. These Alpert’s bloom to its fullest during the spring season. 

Here are some of the native tree plantations at the Boston Public Garden:
  • Beech trees
  • River birch 
  • Castor aralia 
  • Western catalpa
  • Kwanzan cherry 
  • Kentucky coffee tree 
  • Tea crab 
  • Bald cypress 
  • Elm trees 
  • Japanese tree lilac
  • Tulip tree
  • Tupelo
  • Yellowwood
  • Weeping willow

History of the Park.

The Boston public garden was opened to the public in 1837. Before this, the garden was a piece of tidal land that was later filled to create more land area for the city. Once the land had started the fill, it was decided by the authorities that they would open the first public botanical garden on this land. There were many oppositions to the entire plan about giving the land away to builders to build more residential areas, but this eventually failed. Finally, the park construction started in the year 1839, where a corporation was formed by Horace Gray, who planned the outline and order of the park.

In October 1859, the construction of the park had rapidly begun with the pond getting finished in the same year. The city engineers had planned a beautiful layout of the exotic range of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees. In addition to this, the plan included a number of fountains, statues, and pathways for the people to enjoy daily morning or evening walks. The most important as well as relevant statue here is that of George Washington, which is placed in the centre of the garden. Later a large aluminium fence was put all around the garden, and a bridge was built over the pond. Electric lamps were also arranged in line with the fence to make sure no vandalism or theft takes place in the garden. Eventually, a flagpole was also installed on the eastern side of the garden with a circular granite bench surrounding it.  The public garden was given to The Department of Gardens to handle and take care of it to see a more luscious and fragrant park.

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