The Boston Public Gardens begin at the foot of the Boston State House. First is the Boston Common where cattle once grazed, then the Boston Public Garden, the oldest botanic garden in the nation, and finally the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Here are a few photos from my recent visit.
Frolicking tadpoles in the Boston Common Frog Pond watched over by parents and
the frog statues!
The Boston Public Garden, established in 1837 is the first botanic garden in our young nation.
Statue memorializing the first use of ether at Massachusetts General Hospital to deaden pain.
Mass plantings of roses.
A matching planting is on the other side of the path.
The Commonwealth Avenue Mall is a grand allée of shade trees forming the central axis of the Back Bay, connecting the Public Garden to the Back Bay Fens. Designed by Arthur Gilman, who was inspired by the new Parisian boulevards, the Mall was set out from 1858 to the 1870s. From its inception, the Mall has been a vital amenity for both residents and visitors. Winston Churchill praised it as “the grandest boulevard in North America.”
Alexander Hamilton is just one of the statues on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. These three public gardens include many statues and reliefs that celebrate the great men and moments of our history.
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Thanks for the tour, Pat. I’ve never been to New England or much of the Eastern coast. I’m hoping that when my husband finally retires, we’ll get a chance to explore this part of the country. Love the frog statues!
Rose – It was wonderful to be in the Public Gardens that are so well used. Beautiful space, history in all those statues, and great fun. There is a little carousel at the end of the Frog Pond.