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The Public Garden

In 1837 Boston Brahmin and Horace Gray got together to establish the first public botanical garden in the United States. This park along with Boston Common and divided by the Charles River, make up the northern end of the Emerald Necklace, a chain of parks that are all connected throughout the Greater Boston area. Where the park was constructed used to be a marsh and the land was filled in for its construction in the mid to late 19th century.

The park is littered with small squares, statues,...

In 1837 Boston Brahmin and Horace Gray got together to establish the first public botanical garden in the United States. This park along with Boston Common and divided by the Charles River, make up the northern end of the Emerald Necklace, a chain of parks that are all connected throughout the Greater Boston area. Where the park was constructed used to be a marsh and the land was filled in for its construction in the mid to late 19th century.

The park is littered with small squares, statues, monuments, and seating areas. Some of the most famous statues are the one of George Washington, as far as political figures go. Also there is a set of statues, crafted from bronze, of a family of ducks. It was this very statue that provided the basis for the famous children’s story Make Way for Ducklings. The most famous of tourist attractions in the Garden is probably the swan boat rides given in the central pond. Daily tours are given, and can provide a very calm and serene setting amidst the hustle and bustle of Boston.

The design of this botanical garden would provide a general idea for other cities to follow in making their own gardens, including Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden.

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9 Arlington St.
Boston, MA 02138
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