Boston's Gardens and Green Spaces

Boston's Gardens and Green Spaces

by Meg Muckenhoupt


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Since the time of the Transcendentalists, Bostonians have worked hard to promote gardens, parks, green spaces, and ecological conservation. Now, Boston’s diverse open spaces share a rich legacy and exciting future. Once again ingenious Bostonians are working hard to make their city and its environs green. Invoking the ecological spirituality of Emerson and Thoreau, these neo-Transcendentalists are growing cutting-edge rooftop greenery, building harbor-side sculpture gardens, and tending verdant urban wilds.
More than a historic parks handbook, Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces shows how locals are using, creating, and enjoying their urban landscape today. This lavishly designed guide provides readers with a new way to explore the contemporary and long-revered public spaces of the Boston area. Organized into thematic categories, readers have at their fingertips all Boston has to offer: the suburban wilderness and urban wilds, the Sapphire Necklace and newly created Big Dig parks, pocket parks hidden amid the city’s streets, and living roofs dotting the skyline. Complete with chapters on community gardens, venerable botanic gardens, and grand estates, as well as gardens devoted to art, healing, and children, Meg Muckenhoupt has given every resident and visitor to Greater Boston a reason to get outdoors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934598030
Publisher: Union Park Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,141,870
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Meg Muckenhoupt’s articles on travel in Boston and local environmental issues have appeared in The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Boston Magazine and the Time Out Boston Guide. Her book Sigmund Freud: Explorer of the Unconscious (Oxford University Press) won the American Academy of Sciences 1998 Best Science Books for Junior High and High School Readers, and has been translated into seven languages. She holds a certificate in Field Botany from the New England Wild Flower Society.

Table of Contents

Map: Green Spaces of Greater Boston x

Introduction xiii

1 The Emerald Necklace 19

Boston Common 20

Boston Public Garden 22

Commonwealth Avenue Mall 25

Back Bay Fens 27

Riverway 30

Olmsted Park 31

Jamaica Pond 32

Arnold Arboretum 34

Franklin Park 40

The Necklace's Designer: Frederick Law Olmsted 43

Letterboxing, Geocaching, and EarthCaching 45

Puddingstone 45

2 The Harborwalk: Boston's Sapphire Necklace 47

Piers Park 48

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park 49

Castle Island 50

Pope John Paul II Park 52

Neponset Park 53

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay 53

3 Fresh Water Green 55

Fresh Pond Reservation 56

Charles River Esplanade (Charles River Reservation) 58

Walden Pond Slate Reservation 62

Charles River Watershed Association 65

4 Big Dig Parks: Making the New City Green 67

Paul Revere Park 68

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway 68

The North End Parks 69

The Wharf District Parks 70

The Dewey Square Parks 71

Chinatown Parle 72

Millennium Park 73

Brook Farm Historic Site 75

5 Pocket Parks 77

Paul Revere Mall (Prado) 78

Garden of Peace 78

Post Office Square (Norman B. Leventhal Park) 80

Tenshin-En Garden 81

David and Dorothy Ramler Park 84

Hall's Pond Sanctuary 84

Boston Public Library Courtyard 85

Honan-Allston Branch Library 86

Valente Library Reading Garden 86

Franklin Street Park 87

6 Urban Wilds 89

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation 91

Allendale Woods 91

Bussey Brook Meadow 92

Massachusetts Audubon Boston Nature Center 93

The Massachusetts Audubon Society 95

Boston Natural Areas Network 95

7 Green Art 97

Danehy Park 98

Arts on the Point 99

Eastport Park 100

South Boston Maritime Park 101

Forest Hills Cemetery Contemporary Sculpture Path 102

Taylor Square 104

DeCordova Sculpture Park 105

Gropius House 106

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site 107

8 Gardens for Healing and Reflection 109

Mount Auburn Cemetery 112

Forest Hills Cemetery 113

Howard Ulfelder MD Healing Garden 115

Prouty Terrace and Garden/Berenberg Garden 116

Virginia Thurston Healing Garden 117

9 Green Buildings from Top to Bottom 119

West Podium Park (Boston World Trade Center) 120

Boston Children's Museum 120

4 Cambridge Center 121

Ray and Maria Stata Center Biofiltration Swale/Green Roof 122

29 Garden Street 123

10 Eating Green 125

CitySproufs Gardens 126

Clark-Cooper Community Garden 126

Fenway Victory Gardens 129

Christian Herter Community Garden/Charles River Community Garden 129

Gardens for Charlestown 130

The Food Project Gardens 130

ReVision House Urban Farm 132

Newton Community Farm 133

Earthworks Boston 135

11 Botanical Gardens 137

Elm Bank 138

Alexandra Botanic Garden/H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum 140

Garden in the Woods 141

The New England Wild Flower Society 143

12 Green Within: Greenhouses and Courtyards 145

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Courtyard 148

Lyman Estate Greenhouses 149

Greenhouses Margaret C. Ferguson 149

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Orangerie 151

13 Green Play 153

Boston Children's Museum Plaza 154

Children's Garden, Hyde Park Branch Library 154

Weezie's Garden for Children 155

14 Speedy Green: Bike Paths and Linear Parks 157

Dr. Paul Dudley White Charles River Bike Path 160

East Boston Greenway 161

South Bay Harbor Trail 162

Neponset River Greenway 162

Minuteman Bikeway 163

Bottle Road Trail 164

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition 165

15 Grand Estates 167

Sedgwick Gardens at Long Hill 168

Castle Hill 169

Hammond Castle Museum 170

Larz Anderson Park 171

Longfellow National Historic Site 172

Shirley Eustis House Garden and Orchard 174

The Trustees of Reservations 175

16 Suburban Wilderness 177

Boston Harbor Islands 179

Stony Brook Reservation 180

Beaver Brook North Reservation 181

Middlesex Fells 182

Blue Hills Reservation 184

Lynn Woods 185

Breakheart Reservation 186

Annual Events 188

Where to Learn More 190

Beyond Boston: Green Space Groups in Massachusetts 190

Acknowledgements 191

Photo Credits 191

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