Monday, May 24, 2010

Sights from the Road Trip Home: The Gardens of the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts

On the first stop of our road trip home after my parents picked me up from college we visited the historic birthplaces and home of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams in Quincy, Massachusetts. Adjacent to the Old House, or Peacefield as John and Abigail Adams called it, lies a small but pretty formal flower garden  laid out in keeping with 18th-century styles.

 View towards the Old House

Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale)

A view across the formal flower garden

A cultivar of bearded iris (Iris germanica)

A small greenhouse set in the grounds next to a pond

A visit to the site includes the Old House and the two simple farm houses in a different part of Quincy where John Adams and John Quincy Adams were born; the entrance fee is moderate and the tours are very extensive and detailed, making the Adams National Historical Park well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in American history. For more information, you can visit the National Park Service's web page about the site here.


  1. Iris seems to be flowering in all the gardens of the temperate zone.

  2. They are indeed and at least here in the northern United States they are definitely among the most popular garden flowers, so they are growing all over the place. The ones in my family's garden are just beginning to flower and ... Maybe I will get around to putting up pictures in the next couple of days.

  3. My neice was named after the town of Quincy: don't ask me why, her parents have never been there. Looks like they are a few weeks ahead of us, my poppies have no stems in bud yet.

    Christine in Alaska


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