With spring finally here, there’s no better time than now to stop and smell the roses (or tulips) when visiting Boston. The city has gone to great lengths to create green spaces for all to enjoy, and now there are an endless number of locations to see beautiful flowers across the city. However, for those visiting Boston for the first time, there are definitely a few flower gardens you simply can’t miss. Here are the best destinations for flower spotting in Boston.
Your first stop on any flower-themed tour of Beantown must be the Fenway Victory Gardens. Created in 1942 to be used for vegetable growing during the war, the Fenway Victory Gardens are now the only remaining, continuously operating World War II Victory Gardens in the United States. Take a walk through the 7.5 acres of mixed flower and vegetable gardens to take a trip outside the hustle of Boston without ever leaving the city’s limits.
Boston’s Public Garden is another must-see. Home to the famous Swan Boats, and setting to the iconic Make Way For Ducklings book, the Public Garden is adjacent to Boston’s grass-covered Commons. Designed in the 1860s, it features a curvy pond and scores of flowerbeds and hedges. Springtime is it’s finest season, when blooms appear and the weeping willows turn a warm shade of light green.
Home to New England’s premier collection of lilacs, the Arnold Arboretum is a great space to enjoy a beautiful spring day in Boston. Broken up into different sections that are each dedicated to individual plants, the Arnold Arboretum is filled with lots of areas to explore and many flowers, including rhododendrons and azaleas, to enjoy.
You might not think it at first glance, but the Harvard Museum of Natural History has some of the best flower gardens in all of Boston. After wandering through the museum and taking in their vast array of preserved flowers and other flora, go for a stroll through the surrounding gardens to unwind and experience where some of our country’s greatest minds have pondered away for hundreds of years.