United States of America, Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston
James P. Kelleher Rose Garden (Boston, Massachusetts)
Emerald Necklace (Boston, Massachusetts)
As part of the transformation of the wetlands of the Back Bay Fens into urban parkland, in 1930 landscape architect Arthur A. Shurtleff (a.k.a. Shurcliff) designed a circular formal rose garden. Located opposite the Museum of Fine Arts, the garden was intended as a place for both the general public and rose enthusiasts to learn about and enjoy roses. The garden was expanded in 1933 and in 1975 was named the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden to honor the Boston Parks and Recreation Department's Superintendent of Horticulture. Prior to its formal naming in honor of Kelleher, the garden area was variously identified as "The Fenway," "Back Bay Fens," "The Riverway, "The Parkway," "The Emerald Necklace," and "Fenway Rose Garden." In 2001 the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, in concert with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, developed a master plan for the garden's restoration and renewal. This project was completed in 2008. Currently the garden contains nearly 1,500 plants in over ten classes and 200 varieties of roses.
Persons associated with the garden include Arthur A. Shurtleff (landscape architect, 1930).
The folder includes worksheets, a photocopied photo of the garden, and a brochure with a generalized site and planting plan.
Garden has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, America's Gardens (Des Moines and New York: Meredith Press, 1964), p. 30