By Bo Davis

Some of the most wonderful Gardens in Boston are found right in the city center and bring the extravagant sweetness of brilliantly manicured gardens, changing leaves, and romantic walkways, to visitors and Bostonians. In the summer time, outdoors concerts and movies entertain visitors in the most spectacular settings.In winter, the parks have a renewed beauty because of a sparkling white blanket of snow. Spring is life replenishing itself and it brings a beautiful show of colorful and perfumed flowers to walk past across the parks of the Emerald Necklace.

Boston Public Garden and Boston Common

In one of the oldest Boston gardens, spring has been declared by the Swan Boats of the Boston Public Garden since the 1870's. This interesting fleet of Swan boats move thru the waterways of the most popular Boston public parks as they celebrate the appearance of spring. Boston Public Garden is opposite to Boston Common and both are part of the Emerald Necklace. Established in 1837, Boston Public Garden keeps its crucial Victorian charm in the landscape, bridges, walkways, statuary, and iron gates.

The Arnold Arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston, established in 1872 and designed by the famous designer of parks, Frederick Law Olmsted, has the excellence of being the oldest public arboretum in the U. S. The 265 acre arboretum is a living museum that's home to over 15 thousand of the world's plants, trees, and woody vines and is among the best documented collections globally.

The Fenway Victory Gardens

People in Boston volunteer to help at the Fenway Victory Garden. This garden is the very firts garden created during the course of the World War II, when Roosevelt, the United States president at that time, asked citizens to volunteer and grow plants and vegies to make war effort. The Fenway Victory Gardens is the most vital of Gardens in Boston, and is open to the overall public to explore. Maps of the gardens are available to the public for self-guided tours. Events in the Fenway victory Gardens include Community Participation Days, Picnic in the Meadow, Fensfest, and gardening lessons in the Teaching Garden.

The Emerald Necklac

The Emerald Necklace is a masterwork park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted which is collection of 6 parks and waterways spread over and 1,100 acres. Within the Emerald Necklace visitors have the chance to explore Boston Common, the Public Garden, Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pool, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park. All of the parks are joined by parkways and waterways extending approximately 7 miles.

Each park is a gem in the Emerald Necklace that offers its own unique landscape and attractions. The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is a charitable organization which was established to reanimate and maintain the wonderful thing about these Boston public parks. The Conservancy relies heavily on indulgent Bostonian gardeners who volunteer thousands of hours yearly to maintain the park. In return, the Conservancy offers family oriented events which are open to the general public that include lessons in gardening, music, photos, and cookouts in the loveliest of Boston gardens.

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