During our first day in Boston, D and I took the Lyft from our AirBnB from Dorchester Heights to the Boston Common, because we planned on walking to nearby places that day. My first impression of Boston Common was that it was just okay – a big green space with the Freedom Trail, the Frog Pond, and a view of the Massachusetts State House. I found from Google Maps that the Boston Public Garden was just next door, so that was our second stop.
I noticed the contrast of the Boston Public Garden from the Boston Garden. The Boston Public Garden, established on 1837, was more pretty, with manicured lawn, flower beds, a tranquil looking pond with swans and ducks. There were people basking in the sun, and D and I took our seat at a bench to watch people and animals (squirrels, dogs staring intently at the squirrels) go about.
Speaking of ducks, there was this sculpture of ducks near the entrance of the park which is called Make Way for Ducklings.
By the way, Boston’s website says that the Boston Public Garden is the first public botanical garden in America (source: https://www.boston.gov/parks/public-garden).
We also spent a few moments appreciating the Ether Monument which was the oldest monument in the park.
Overall, I really liked the Boston Public Garden. Aside from its quaintness, it’s a piece of calm in the midst of the city, and if I had more time in Boston, I would have liked to go back to this place, read a book or have a picnic on a warm sunny day. I wish we have more of these clean, green spaces in the city where I live. I’d gladly go to a park any given day over spending time in a mall.