From Our Blog
There’s something special about spring in Boston.
Perhaps it’s the winter that seems to vanish almost overnight, to be replaced by blooms. Or perhaps it’s the selection of historic buildings that Mother Nature has as her backdrop, because when spring arrives, the season inspires a series of beautiful walks that weave through the city.
Boston Park Plaza, with some of the best hotel deals in Boston, is perfectly situated for guests looking to enjoy a stroll through the Boston Public Garden, adjacent to the Common. The Public Garden was established in 1837 as the first botanical garden in the U.S. Inspired by the Victorian era, the Public Garden incorporates flowerbeds nestled beneath tall maple, birch and oak trees, and paths that invite casual walks. Its romantic setting also makes it a popular destination for summer weddings.
The popularity of the Boston Public Garden inspired Robert Paget to create the Swan Boats in 1877 to take visitors across the four-acre lake. The swan design hid the machinery of the foot-propelled paddle wheels, while creating a distinctive outline. Now officially recognized as a Boston landmark, today the fourth generation of the Paget family continues to manage the Swan Boats.
The Common and the Public Garden are the start of Boston’s beloved “Emerald Necklace”. This series of nine parks covers more than 1,100 acres connected by parkways and waterways. One of the parks in the Emerald Necklace is the Arnold Arboretum.
Founded in 1872, the Arnold Arboretum is a living museum, renowned for its detailed and documented plant collection. Located in Jamaica Plain, the Arboretum was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, considered to be the father of American landscape gardening, who co-designed Central Park in Manhattan. Today, it is home to more than 15,000 trees and plants on more than 280 acres. The success of the Arboretum is thanks to a partnership between Harvard University that manages the collection of plants and maintains the grounds, and the city of Boston that owns the land and maintains the infrastructure. Free, guided tours are offered from mid-April until November.
Another destination for plant lovers is a treasure hidden behind a tall yew hedge in the Back Bay Fens, near Fenway Park. Opened in 1932, the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden features more than 100 varieties of roses and 800 rosebushes. Inspired by English gardens, it was designed by Arthur Shurcliff, a landscape architect who had worked under Frederick Law Olmsted. With walkways, fountains, sculptures and trellises, a stroll through the Rose Garden is an inspiring and captivating experience. The Rose Garden is open every day, from dawn to dusk.
If you’re interested in these or other strolls through Boston’s many parks and gardens, speak with one of our Concierges, and take in the beauty of our city in the spring.