In 1837, the original plan for the Public Garden called for 24 acres of showy fountains, flowers, paths and lots of statues. Years later, the Public Garden is packed with public art. A statue of heroic George Washington greets visitors at the Arlington Street gate. The whimsical bronze ducklings from the classic children’s book Make Way for Ducklings grace the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets.
And the mammoth monument near the intersection of Arlington and Beacon streets? Why, that’s a monument to ether. Yep, ether. Doctors used ether for the first time at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846, thus revolutionizing medicine. Judging from size and grandeur of the tribute, people at the time were really, really, really grateful.
A long-standing favorite springtime activity is to take a spin around the lagoon in a swan boat. Graceful and slow-moving, it’s an amusement ride from another era.
The northern terminus of Emerald Necklace, the Public Garden is the prettiest in a long string of parks and green spaces in the city. Between Beacon Hill and Back Bay, the park’s boundaries are Boylston, Arlington, Beacon, and Charles Streets. And across Beacon Street you’ll see Boston Common.