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The Gardens of Boston

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After a long winter in the Northeast, Bostonians come to life in the spring. As do their gardens.

Wrapped up in the flowers and the fragrance is joy and expectation of warm days and evenings to come, with time spent outside strolling through parks, taking in public art or enjoying outdoor dining.

Boston Park Plaza is one of the best places to take in the changing season. Just steps from our front door are Boston Common and Public Garden, where fresh blossoms announce the that it’s spring in Boston.

Boston Common

Boston Common is integral to the city’s identity, at once the geographical, emotional, and historic center of Boston. Founded in 1634, it is also the oldest public park in the country.

The 20 hectares of the Common offers wide-open spaces, and paths that wind past fountains and statues. It’s also part of the Freedom Trail, a cherished 2.5-mile walk through the heart of Boston. The walk, marked by a red line on the ground, leads to 16 nationally significant historical sites.

When you are seeking greenspace in our city, tree-lined walkways, and views to our cityscape and history, the Common is the ideal location.

Public Garden

Across Charles Street from Boston Common is the Boston Public Garden. Like the Common, it is a first in our country — the oldest botanical garden. Established in 1837, the garden bursts into color every spring. Roses and tulips highlight 57 Victorian-inspired flowerbeds, framed beneath an array of stately trees, including oak, maple, beech, and ginkgo. A large, central lake is home to the famed Boston Public Garden Swan Boats, which are a favorite of visitors and locals alike. Between April and late September, the boats take passengers on a meandering journey through the Garden, offering a memorable perspective on nature’s glory.

Arnold Arboretum

For botany enthusiasts, Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum is a must visit. Set on 281 acres, the Arboretum boasts a comprehensive collection of more than 15,000 specimens, some which date back to the 1870s. An excellent labelling system means it is easy for visitors to identify the different types of trees, plants, and shrubs, making the Arboretum an inspiring and informative place to spend an afternoon. Guided tours are available between April and November.

Rose Kennedy Greenway

This 1.5-mile linear park winds its way through the heart of Boston. From Little Italy in the North End to Chinatown, the Greenway is a window into what makes Boston so special. Along the way, fountains, memorials, unique gardens, and public art add to the charm. If your appetite needs satiating, there are numerous food trucks along the way, serving up delicious choices from around the world.

Springtime in Boston is the perfect season to visit the city’s world-renowned arboretums, botanical gardens, and greenways and each destination offers a stunning, unique and memorable reflection of our city.

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