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Encyclopedia > Boston Public Garden
Equestrian statue of George Washington.
1890 Map of the Boston Public Garden & Common
1890 Map of the Boston Public Garden & Common
Swan boats.
Bridge adjoining sides of Boston Public Garden over the pond.
Bridge adjoining sides of Boston Public Garden over the pond.

The Boston Public Garden is one portion of a large park located in the heart Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Common is the other portion. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 935 KB) Equestrian statue of George Washington, Boston Public Garden (near the Arlington Gate), Boston, Massachusetts. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 935 KB) Equestrian statue of George Washington, Boston Public Garden (near the Arlington Gate), Boston, Massachusetts. ... This article is the current U.S. Collaboration of the Week. ... Image File history File links Boston_Common_Public_Garden_1890. ... Image File history File links Boston_Common_Public_Garden_1890. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1094 KB) Swan Boat, Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1094 KB) Swan Boat, Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1194 KB) Summary My photo from spring 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1194 KB) Summary My photo from spring 2006. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1092, 546 KB)Statue of the title characters of Make Way for Ducklings, found in in Boston Public Garden. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1092, 546 KB)Statue of the title characters of Make Way for Ducklings, found in in Boston Public Garden. ... Make Way for Ducklings is a picture book for children, published in 1941 by American author Robert McCloskey. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Solar System), Athens of America Location Location in Massachusetts Government Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Geographical characteristics Area     City 232. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... View of the Water Celebration, on Boston Common, October 25th 1848 For the NBC series, see Boston Common (TV series) Boston Common is Boston, Massachusetts most famous public park and the oldest city park in the United States. ...

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History

The Public Garden was established in 1837 and was the first public botanical garden in the United States. The twenty-four acre (97,000 m²) landscape, which was once a salt marsh, was designed by George V. Meacham. In 1859, an act by the Massachusetts General Court preserved the Public Garden as an open space. | Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1837 - 1901) 1837 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Inside the United States Botanic Garden Inside the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden (Brazil), 1890 Botanical gardens (in Latin, hortus botanicus) grow a wide variety of plants primarily categorized and documented for scientific purposes, but also for the enjoyment and education of visitors, a consideration that has become essential to... An acre is an English unit of area, which is also frequently used in the United States and some Commonwealth countries. ... Freshwater marsh in Florida In geography, a marsh is a type of wetland, featuring grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water. ... 1859 (MDCCCLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar). ... The Massachusetts General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ...


Description

Together with the Boston Common, these two parks form the northern terminus of the Emerald Necklace, a long string of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. While the Common is primarily unstructured open space, the Public Garden contains a lake and a large series of formal plantings that are maintained by the city and others and vary from season to season. View of the Water Celebration, on Boston Common, October 25th 1848 For the NBC series, see Boston Common (TV series) Boston Common is Boston, Massachusetts most famous public park and the oldest city park in the United States. ... The Emerald Necklace is a long string of parks in Boston, Massachusetts designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and maintained by the City of Boston and Town of Brookline. ... Frederick Law Olmsted, oil painting by John Singer Sargent, 1895, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina Frederick Law Olmsted (April 26, 1822 – August 28, 1903) was a United States landscape architect, famous for designing many well-known urban parks, including Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City, the country...


During the warmer seasons, the four acre (16,000 m²) pond is usually the home of one or more swans and is always the site of the Swan Boats, a famous Boston tourist attraction. For a small fee, tourists can sit on a boat ornamented with a splendid white swan at the rear. The boat is then pedaled around the lake by a young (and strong) tour guide sitting within the swan. An acre is an English unit of area, which is also frequently used in the United States and some Commonwealth countries. ... Genera/Species Swans are large water birds of the family Anatidae, which also includes geese and ducks. ...


The Public Garden is roughly rectangular in shape and is bounded on the south by Boylston Street, on the west by Arlington Street, and on the north by Beacon Street where it faces Beacon Hill. On its east side, Charles Street divides the Public Garden from the Common. The greenway connecting the Public Garden with the rest of the Emerald necklace is the strip of park that runs west down the center of Commonwealth Avenue towards the Back Bay Fens and the Muddy River. 2nd Harrison Gray Otis House, 85 Mount Vernon Street. ... Sunset view of the Back Bay Fens in Boston The Back Bay Fens is a marshy park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. ... Muddy River is a river located in the southern part of the state of Nevada, in the United States. ...


Several statues are located throughout the Public Garden. Located at the Arlington Street gate is the equestrian statue of George Washington, which faces Commonwealth Avenue. A set of bronze statues based on the main characters from the children's story Make Way for Ducklings is located between the pond and the Charles and Beacon streets entrance. There is also a statute commemorating the first use of ether as an anesthetic. A junior horse riding event at the Melbourne Show Equestrianism relates to the riding of horses. ... This article is the current U.S. Collaboration of the Week. ... Make Way for Ducklings is a picture book for children, published in 1941 by American author Robert McCloskey. ... Ether is the general name for a class of chemical compounds which contain an ether group — an oxygen atom connected to two (substituted) alkyl groups. ...


Transportation

The Public Garden is easily accessible from the MBTA Green Line's Arlington Station. Other nearby subway stops include the Green Line's Boylston Station and the Red Line's Park Street Station. Public parking is located underneath Charles Street. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [1] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... Two trains at Park Street. ... Arlington Station is a MBTA station on the Green Line, located on the southwest end of the Boston Public Garden at the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets. ... Two trains at Park Street. ... Bolyston Station is a MBTA station on the Green Line, located on the southeast end of the Boston Common at the intersection of Bolyston and Tremont Streets. ... View of Boston from the Red Line An MBTA Red Line train leaving Charles/MGH station bound for Alewife. ... Park Street Station, Green Line platforms, December 2004 Park Street Station, Red Line platforms, January 2005 Park Street Station of the MBTA, located at the intersection Park Street and Tremont Street in Boston, is the main transfer point between the Green Line and the Red Line. ...


See also

This list of botanical gardens in the United States is intended to include all significant botanical gardens and arboretums in the United States of America. ...

References and external links

  • Boston Public Garden. Foders.com. May 22, 2005.
  • The Swan Boats of Boston - The Public Garden. May 22, 2005.
  • Photos of the Boston Public Garden

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