Public Garden, Boston

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  • The girl and the ducklings: Boston Public Garden
    The girl and the ducklings: Boston...
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    Stroll in the park: Boston Public Garden
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    Looking for Mrs. Mallard's Pack

    by iblatt Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Our first day in Boston was warm and sunny, despit the fact that it was the month of December. It was a perfect day to stroll in the Boston Public Garden, the nation's oldest, established in 1837.

    People were walking, or sitting and reading, or throwing food to the ducks in the pond. But we were looking for other ducks, made of bronze: The statues of Mother Mallard and her ducklings, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack. They were supposed to be beside the pond, which we circled almost all around before we finally found them. A small girl was playing around the ducklings' statues, talking on her mock cellular phone, running from one duckling to the other and putting the phone next to the ears of Jack, Kack and Lack, thereby adding a new chapter to the 1941 children's story "Make Way for Ducklings".

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    Public Garden Boston in Winter

    by JeanneP Written Nov 25, 2009

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    Yes that is nice.
    The best hotel in the city "The Four Seasons" is along the public garden. The well-photographed world's smallest suspension bridge over the middle of the garden lake was erected in 1867. (fr wiki) Lake is drained in winter however. On the common side is Frogg Pond where the mayor sponsors a public ice skating rink, which is often photographed and is open at night too.

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    Manicured Lawns

    by mikey_e Written Apr 27, 2009

    Boston Public Garden may seem like another extension of the Boston Common, but in fact they are a separate green area with a history of their own. In fact, I think that the Public Garden is actually much nicer than the Common, in part because of the well-kept flower beds and the ponds. The idea for the Garden came up first in the 1830s, when it was proposed that Boston should have a botanical garden, but actual construction of the green space and the necessary structures (fences, ponds, bridges etc.) was not conducted until the 1860s. Until that time, this site was a salt marsh. Most of the statues in the Garden were erected in the late 1860s, including the western George Washington statue that is prominent if you enter from Newbury Street. The Garden is a great stop if you’re in Boston on a sunny warm day. It fills up with all sorts of people, especially young people who feel a public garden is the ideal place to attempt a musical career. The picturesque flower beds and quaint bridges can sometimes be hard to get pictures of, if only because of the number of people visiting the Garden.

    Boston Public Garden The view of the skyscrapers through the garden Statue of Washington One of the ponds
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    Like an impressionist painting

    by donpaul77 Updated Apr 7, 2009

    The Public Garden is a beautifully landscaped botanical garden established in 1837 and is home to the Swan Boats. While you are there also admire the worlds shortest spanning suspension bridge, the many varieties trees and plants and the famous sculpture "Make Way for Duckings". The Public garden is flanked by the Boston Commons and the Commonwealth Avenue mall, which all add up to a nice stroll.

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    Great place to relax

    by tim07 Written Jun 11, 2008

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    The Boston Public Garden was established in 1837, it was the 1st public botanical garden in the United States.

    On a hot summer day it was so relaxing to walk through the lawns & the flower beds in the shade of the many trees. The highlight though was sitting by the lagoon watching the famous Swan Boats.

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    Boston Garden/Boston Common

    by shohman Written Jan 1, 2008

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    No matter what season, this is a great place to walk or people watch. The oldest park in the Country and it is constantly changing due to the seasons.

    as a kid, my mom would take us there for the swan boats, which are still a huge draw. Now, I just like to walk through and take in the sights. It's big, beautiful, and free :)

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    PARADISE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY

    by moiraistyx Updated Sep 24, 2006

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    A huge misconception about the Boston Public Garden is that it and the Boston Common are part of the same entity, when in fact they are not. The garden came about in 1837 as a result of the swampy area being filled in. The garden is oranmental in design with many different varieties of flowers, trees and other plants. One of the favorite attractions in the garden is the swan boats which have been cruising the garden's pond for more than 120 years.

    When I was working as a nanny is Boston's historic district, I used to bring the children here just about every day. We would bring picnic lunches and play games, read stories and walk around the park checking out the plants for hours at a time. One of Stephanie's favorite things was to take a ride on the swan boats. We always made sure to bring extra bread and crackers to feed the ducks and the swans. Be careful when walking close the the pond, there's poop every where. I have two favorite times of year to visit the public garden, Fall because of the beautiful foliage and Spring because of the spring blooms. I used to also come here often on my days off to do some homework in peace. Afterwards I would take a stroll down Charles street and grab a bite to eat and do some shopping in one of its many ecletic shops.

    Richie and the boys on the bridge in the park One of the many swans. Boston Public Garden
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    Wonderful Park

    by jasperdo Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    Most people have heard of Boston Common, comparing it to Central Park, etc. But, in my opinion, the jewel of the Boston Parks is located west of there...the Public Garden. It is a beautiful park with wandering paths and plenty of shade trees. The centerpiece of the Garden is a very pretty lake, with a wonderful bridge crossing it. And plying the lake is a Boston instutution since 1877, the Swan Boats. These graceful, peddle powered boats are admittedly for the tourists, but are still a perfect complement to the Garden. There is also a flock of live white swans that live in the Garden.

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    Green at the heart of the city

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 7, 2006

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    A lovely respite on a hot day and home to the famous swan boats. I took the "T" from the museum to one stop beyond Copley to walk a bit in the Boston Public Gardens. I wanted to visit the "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture, but it was hot and my feet were tired so I only made it as far as the bridge. There was a lot of activity, including a father & son feeding the ducks and the tourist-laden swan boats.

    One of the ubiquitous swan boats A father & son feeding the ducks What time is the next swan? An entrance to the Boston Public Graden Boston Public Garden

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    See the Ducklings!

    by cruisingbug Written Mar 31, 2006

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    We went to the Boston Public Garden to see the swan boats, but were disappointed as the lake there is drained in the winter and the boats are in storage, I guess.

    However, we did find the "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture in the northeastern corner of the park. The sculpture was created in honor of the children's book, which is apparently set in the Boston Public Garden (we'll have to get a copy now!). Our baby enjoyed "riding" the ducklings and especially watching all the other children playing - this seemed to be the area where locals bring their kids for play dates and Mommy time. Even with a busy road behind us, it was a peaceful place to relax (and feed the baby) and people-watch.

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    First public botanical garden

    by Icemaiden02 Written Jan 18, 2006

    The Public Garden, established in 1837, is the first public botanical garden in the United States. 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. In the spring, there are beautiful flower beds and much to marvel at. Even in the winter, a brisk walk through the park is quite enjoyable. Swan boats in the summer are a delight and the weeping willows and nicely manicured lawns offer simple tranquility.

    Public Gardens, taken May 2003 Entrance to Public Gardens, taken March 2002
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    walking and recreation

    by PetraG Written Oct 20, 2005

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    The Public Garden, established in 1837, is the first public botanical garden in the United States. 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. No visit to Boston would be complete without a stroll in the Garden which is maintained by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with the Friends of the Public Garden.
    Its 24 acres, developed from what was once marsh land, is the landscape design of George V. Meacham, winner of a public competition for which he received an award of one hundred dollars. 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. 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. In 1859, by an Act of the Massachusetts Legislature, the Public Garden was preserved forever as an open space for the citizenry.

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    Public Garden and Boston Common

    by acemj Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    Next to the famous Boston Common, you'll find the Public Garden and its famous pond and swan boats. I was walking through and noticed a wedding party shooting pictures on the replica suspension bridge that graces the pond. I also noticed a police officer asking a young man to 'walk' his bike through the garden and not to ride. This is a great place for families and lovers alike. You'll also find some interesting topiaries and lots of great green space.

    In the Common, you'll find rolling hills and even more green space; enough for a ballgame or a little sunbathing.

    Monument in center of Boston Common

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    The Swan Boats

    by Galahad Written Aug 7, 2005

    Originally inspired by Wagner's Lobengrin and has been a feature of the Public Garden lake since 1877. It had never occured to me until I saw them, that they are powered by the man (or woman) steering and gently pedalling on the back.

    Pedal power in Boston Park
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    On a nice sunny day . . .

    by stiab3 Written Apr 15, 2005

    . . . you can sit in here and relax. Feed the swans and ducks (the real ones) and just enjoy the weather.

    It's not part of The Freedom Trail, it is worth visiting before continuing on The Trail.

    I wondered into the garden by accident. I visited the Cheers pub and was trying to get back to the common and ended up in the Public garden.

    It was a good error.
    Some of the best bits are The Swan Boats, Make Way for Ducklings Statues and a Statue of George Washington on his horse.

    Make way for the ducks
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