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The Public Garden is a wonderful attraction located in the heart of Boston. It was established in 1837 as the first botanical park in the United States. It is close to another popular Boston attraction; the Boston Common which is part of the Freedom Trail. Together with Boston Common, the Boston Public Garden forms the northern part of the Emerald Necklace; a series of Boston parks which are connected by waterways.

The Boston Public Garden was designed by George F. Meacham who also designed many other monuments and buildings in the greater Boston area. The garden is a beautiful landscape of 24 acres, and features many plantings, trees flowers, a pond and lake which have made the park one of Boston's most coveted destinations. The Boston Public Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

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The Boston Public Garden is a great place to spend the afternoon especially in the warmer months, when the flowers are in full bloom and the bids are chirping. The Garden prides itself on having many different species of flowers and plants. There are any types of trees in the garden, most notably weeping willows, horse chestnuts, dawn redwoods, Ginkgo trees, and European beeches.

In fact, there are over 80 species of plants being cultivated throughout the yearat over 50 different greenhouse locations around the city. The park is so picturesque that it is a favorite spot for Boston weddings. With its vast and sprawling green spaces, the Garden is also an ideal place for a picnic, throwing a Frisbee around or just reading a book. Be sure to check out the park's many swans and be on the lookout for the famous couple of swans named Romeo and Juliet after the Shakespearean couple.

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The Boston Public Garden is a fantastic natural retreat in the middle of a bustling city. Besides sitting around and enjoying the scenery, visitors to the garden can take a swan boat ride across the pond. This is one of the park's most popular activities and the advent of the swan boats at the Boston Public Garden usually signals the beginning of the spring season.

The swan boats have been around for 130 years and have been in the Paget family since then. They are available seven days a week and tickets can be purchased on-site. Tickets cost $2.75 for adults and $1.50 for children 2 to 15 years of age. Seniors ride for $2. In the springtime, swan boats are available from 10 am to 4 pm; in the summer they are available from 10 am to 5 pm and in the fall, visitors can embark on swan boats from 12 pm to 4 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 4 pm on weekends.

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The Boston Public Garden also has a number of fountains and sculptures that are a delight to look at and enjoy. Some notable statues are of George Washington, John Quincy Adams Ward, Daniel Chester French, Edward Everett Hale, and Wendell Phillips. There's also the suspension bridge which crosses the pond, designed by William G. Preston.

The Boston Public Garden is located on Boylston and Arlington in Boston.

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