Friends of the Public Garden is a nonprofit organization that formed in 1970 in response to the deterioration of…More Boston's public parks. Today, the organization partners with the city of Boston to maintain the beauty and splendor of the Boston Public Garden, the Boston Common and the Back Bay's Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
From its headquarters in Beacon Hill, Friends of the Public Garden helps to preserve and protect the parks by repairing fences and fountains, restoring monuments and maintaining trees and foliage. It takes care of 44 monuments and more than 2,000 trees in all three parks. In 2009, the organization spent more than $150,000 on pruning, fertilizing and injecting trees against disease.
The group partners with the city of Boston and is supported largely through private donations. Executive Director Elizabeth Vizza and a board oversee the organization's activities. To join Friends of the Public Garden, residents can make a donation online of $25 or more.
Like its neighbor the Boston Common, the Public Garden is known for breaking historical ground. When it was created…More in 1837, it was credited as America's first public botanical garden. Because it's right next the the Common, the two are often indistinguishable and most tourists and even some residents don't realize they are visiting two different parks.
Together with the Common, the Public Garden makes up nearly 75 acres of green space in the heart of downtown Boston. Most tourists flock to the Garden for a spin around the pond in the famous Swan Boats, in operation since 1877. The boats welcome riders between April and September every year. But the Public Garden's charms are much more varied and deep than the Swan Boats -- the impeccable landscaping and peaceful, timeless atmosphere provides Beacon Hill residents with a year-round urban oasis. But for $2.75 a pop, a Swan Boat ride could be a worthwhile 15-minute reprieve even for native Bostonians.
Saturdays, especially during the summer, are exceptionally busy at the Garden -- and watch out for ubiquitous newlyweds and their snap-happy wedding photographers ignoring signs not to walk on the grass!
No cycling or rollerblading and definitely no walking on the grass!
Howland Enterprises 66 Beacon St, Boston, MA02108 Howland Enterprises is a real estate management and development company owned by Nancy Lyle Howland. It specializes in…More multi-family housing complexes, affordable housing projects and building development in the Greater Boston area. The office of Howland Enterprises is located in the 66 Beacon street office building, close to Charles Street and the Public Garden.
Sovereign Bank 68 Beacon St, Boston, MA02108 Founded in 1902, Sovereign Bank has branches across the northeast United States. Situated directly between the Public…More Garden, the Boston Commons and the busy Charles Street, this is a full-service branch of Sovereign Bank with a lobby, two ATMs (one of which is a talking ATM) and safe deposit boxes. The location also provides night deposit services.
Keating & Co is a real estate management firm located close to Charles Street and the Public Garden. Its…More president and owner, Peter Keating, sits on the board of several nonprofit organizations including Rogerson Communities and Fisher House, and other affordable housing projects for low-income individuals, the elderly, and injured veterans and their families.
Founded in 1634, the Boston Common bears the distinction of being the oldest park in America -- making it a longtime…More and excellent neighbor to Beacon Hill. The jumping off point for the Freedom Trail, the Common is host to everything from full-scale Shakespeare productions to Ultimate Frisbee and impromptu snowball fights. Its a fixture of life in Boston and Beacon Hill residents benefit from their close proximity to the nearly 50 acres of green space. While the Common has a rich history filled with revolution, political protest and a whole lot of cattle grazing (up until 1830), most of today's Beacon Hill residents enjoy the Common as a great place to take a blanket and relax in the sun or else grab some ice skates for a spin around Frog Pond in the winter.
City parks officials recently announced plans to remake the "Pink Palace" -- a now-defunct men's restroom near the Common tennis courts -- into a high-end restaurant. This park really has seen everything.
The Common is bordered by Beacon Hill to its north and the Boston Public Garden to its west, which was created 200 years after the founding of the Common. Together with the Public Garden, the Common makes up nearly 75 acres of green space in the heart of downtown Boston.
XV Beacon, a luxury hotel located a short walk from the Government Center "T" stop, Beacon Hill and the Boston Common…More and Public Garden, is ideal for tourism or business travel. Its rooms are furnished with gas fireplaces, surround sound stereo, free wireless internet access and flat-screen TVs. The hotel also has a commitment to "green" policies such as recycling paper and plastic along with using eco-friendly cleaning products. The decor is modern, understated and elegant; for instance, the dim lighting of the lobby provides a relaxing atmosphere that contrasts the bustle of the city.
Infinity Portrait Design 59 Beacon St, Boston, MA02108 Infinity Portrait Design specializes in photographing individuals, families, kids and pets. Photos may be taken in the…More shop's studio, a client's home or the nearby Public Garden. The shop provides custom framing, photo jewelry, fine art canvas wraps and other formats for the finished product. The owner and main creative artist of the shop is Susan Symonds, who has more than 25 years of experience in photography. Call ahead or walk in to schedule a consultation session for a photo shoot.