Boston Public Garden

A short, ten- to fifteen-minute walk from The Boxer Boston Hotel, Downtown Boston offers a variety of iconic attractions, including one of our springtime favorites: the Public Garden. Here’s a little guide to exploring the Boston Public Garden.

The History

The Public Garden is across the street from Boston Common, which became America’s first public park in 1634. Just over two-hundred years later, in 1837,  the Garden became the first botanical garden in the country. From the get-go, it was flowery and colorful, setting a standard for similar parks to come. Back then, though, it was waterfront property: it’d take nearly six more decades for the Back Bay neighborhood to fill in the mudflats just beyond the Garden’s walls.

Victorian Aesthetics

The Garden was designed with a signature Victorian aesthetic that have been maintained throughout its near-two centuries of existence. The ornate plantings include perennials and greenhouse-grown annuals, planted throughout the year.

Heritage Beech Trees

Keep an eye out for the selection of European Beech, Purple Beech, and gorgeous Weeping European Beech trees at The Boston Public Garden.

Redwood Trees

While most people travel to the wilderness of Central and Northern California to see redwood trees, you can get a glimpse at a small variety right here in The Boston Public Garden. Among those on hand are a Dawn Redwood, and a Giant Redwood, both memorable sights for visitors.

Swan Boats

In the center of the Garden is a small pond with lovely bridges for pedestrians to cross and take scenic pictures of the city. In the warm-weather months, you can head out on the water on one of the famous swan-boats, fashioned to look like the animal after which they’re named.

Elm Trees

Elm trees are an American icon, and the Garden has an exceptional collection of different elms from around the country and world. Here you can check out an American Elm, a Belgian Elm, the Camperdown Elm, Rock Elm, and Scotch Elm among others.

George Washington Statue

It doesn’t get much more American than the towering equestrian statue of George Washington on his galloping steed at the head of the park. Surrounded by a walkway lined with colorful flowers, the statue is emblematic for Boston as a whole, and it’s regularly decorated with local sports paraphernalia after championship victories.

Japanese Trees

The international appeal of The Boston Public Garden’s collection of trees is truly something to be admired. One of the most well-represented countries here is Japan with a Japanese Tree Lilac, a Japanese Stewartia, and a variety of Pagoda trees to boot.

The Neighborhood

The Boston Public Garden is located in between Downtown Boston and the Back Bay, with many of the city’s best-known attractions within walking distance. Surrounding the Garden, travelers can easily walk to the Boston Common, world-class shopping on Newbury Street, old-Boston in Beacon Hill, and historic sites like the Freedom Trail.

Make Way For Ducklings Sculpture

The iconic childhood book Make Way For Ducklings was a staple for many of our earliest years of reading and storytelling. Its setting? Boston Public Garden. In 1987, the city installed artist Nancy Schon’s duckling sculpture inspired by the book, showing the ducklings following their mother, Mrs. Mallard across a Boston Public Garden walkway. This is one of the most popular attractions in the city of Boston for children and families.


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