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Boston Public Garden, 1851-1936

Landscape architect:
Meacham, George F. 1831-1917
Civil engineer:
Slade, James
Forester:
Galvin, John
Physical description:
2 folders+ 10 photographic prints; 3 slides (photographs); 1 safety film negative
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston
Massachusetts
Boston
Boston Public Garden (Boston, Massachusetts)
Emerald Necklace (Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
1851
1851-1936
Notes:
The Boston Public Garden was established in 1837 and encompasses about 24 acres in the heart of the city. Along with the Boston Common it forms the northern end of the Emerald Necklace, Frederick Law Olmsted's grand design for a string of parks running from downtown Boston to Franklin Park. The park developed informally until 1859, when a plan by George F. Meacham was finally selected to provide a more formal design. City engineer James Slade and forester John Galvin made modifications to the plan and laid out the paths and plantings. A highlight of the design is the pond or lagoon, home to the iconic Swan Boats, which began operating in 1877. Parterres, other flower beds and planting areas, statues, and numerous specimen trees are featured landscape elements. The Public Garden was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Persons associated with the garden include George F. Meacham (landscape architect, 1859); James Slade (civil engineer, ca. 1860); and John Galvin (forester, ca. 1860).
Summary:
The folders include worksheets, photocopies of articles, brochures, a tree list, maps, and additional information about the site.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Mary M. B. Wakefield, "The Boston Public Garden, Showcase of the City," Arnoldia, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Summer 1988), pp. 32-47
Garden has been featured in Anne Bernays, "The Green Heart of the Hub," The New York Times (Sunday, May 17, 1998), p. 10TR+
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MA056000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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