Walking Tours of the Public Garden Available

Join the Friends of the Public Garden for free walking tours of Boston’s iconic Public Garden. Learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of America’s first public botanical garden by taking a guided tour through this treasured oasis. Led by a team of two volunteers, the free tours are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. meeting at the famous Make Way for Ducklings statues.

Sidney Kenyon and Sherley Smith have jointly spearheaded this effort by the Friends to educate the public about the fascinating history of the Public Garden and the contribution of the Friends of the Public Garden partnering with Boston Parks Department to revitalize this Boston treasure.  They trained this year’s group to make the tours both factual and fun, including information about some of the unique botanical specimens as well as what is considered to be an outdoor museum made up of the many historic sculptures in the Garden.

Starting with how the the nation’s first public botanic garden came into existence, the guides take interested members of the public on an hour tour of approximately half of the Public Garden focusing on many of the best known features; Make Way for Ducklings statues, the Lagoon, the Ether monument, the Swan Boats, the small fountains, the floral plantings, the majestic trees, and much more. Many local residents consider the Garden their front yard and people from all over the city love it as an oasis of serenity in a crowded city.  Everyone can learn more about the park they enjoy so much by taking a free tour! For more information, please visit friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

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