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Friends of the Public Garden
87 Mount Vernon St, Boston, MA 02108

Friends of the Public Garden is a nonprofit organization that formed in 1970 in response to the deterioration ofMore 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. 

XV Beacon
15 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

XV Beacon, a luxury hotel located a short walk from the Government Center "T" stop, Beacon Hill and the Boston CommonMore 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.