Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Day Out in Boston

Originally my friend Amanda and I were supposed to go to the New England Dessert Showcase in Boston yesterday but when we got there we found the line snaking from the hotel through the adjacent mall and around the block. We stood in line for about 45 minutes until we were told that they were well over capacity and we could try to come back later but they could not guarantee that we would be able to get in then or alternatively we could simply give up and request a refund on our tickets. We opted for the latter and decided to get our dessert in one of the Italian pastry shops in the North End instead and since the weather was nice we chose to walk. That decision, in turn, is what really led to this post because on the way - as well as during further post-dessert wanderings - we saw plenty in the way of flowers, parks, and gardens. The first space that caught my eye was the small but exuberant garden that has been planted in front of the Old South Church on Copley Square.

The sign in front of the church explaining the garden

One of the sections of the garden filled with dramatic tropical flowers and foliage from plants such as purple-leafed taro (Colocasia esculenta), canna lilies (Canna indica) and coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)

An orange-flowered impatiens (Impatiens sp.)

Another section with more delicate plantings

Another sign identifying the flowers used in the garden

The next place of horticultural interest that we passed was the Boston Public Garden. While its tea roses, clipped yews and impressive bedding schemes were beautiful as always we did not linger for long because the garden was also incredibly crowded.

View towards the western edge of the Public Garden

A bed of a dwarf variety of  Hibiscus moscheutos edged with Tradescantia discolor

View across the central portion of the garden

Red hybrid tea roses (Rosa sp.) in the rose bed near the western entrance of the garden

View across the lake in the middle of the Public Garden

After reaching the North End and eating some delicious cannolis and other such things, I saw a beautiful stand of four o'clock flowers (Mirabilis jalapa) in a tree pit there. I am very fond of these and though they often seem to grow in fairly difficult spots and with little care, I have never had much luck with them. Fortunately other people do not appear to have that problem, though.

Four o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) in the North End

From the North End we decided to wander on towards Chinatown, since that is where we were going to have dinner anyway. To get there, we walked along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, a long, narrow band of relatively new public parks that arc from the edge of the North End southward to Chinatown. These parks occupy most of the land that was won when Boston's massive Big Dig project put a big tangle of roads underground. While I had seen parts of the Greenway before, I had never walked along its whole length. The different sections of the park land vary quite a bit in style, which made this an all the more wonderful walk since there was a new surprise every couple of feet.

Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) in Christopher Columbus Park

The small rose garden in Christopher Columbus Park

A white hybrid tea rose (Rosa sp.) in the rose garden

A section of the Greenway in the Wharf District

Another view of the park in the Wharf District

A group of crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica), which I had never before seen used in public plantings around here

Another view from the Wharf District

Pink and white double Japanese anemones (Anemone hupehensis var. japonica)

A bed of blue geranium (Geranium 'Rozanne')

Bigleaf hydrangea, presumably Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer'

A flower bed in the Dewey Square section of the Greenway

A map showing the entire extent of the Greenway

At the entrance to Mary Soo Hoo Park, which forms the Chinatown end of the Greenway

Water feature in Mary Soo Hoo Park

My wonderful friend Amanda modeling the delicious jasmine honey iced tea we bought on the way

We concluded our adventures with a meal of Malaysian food in Chinatown. On the whole, it ended up being a wonderful day - great company, yummy food, and lots flowers and interesting landscaping. If you want to know more about the Rose Fitzgerad Kennedy Greenway you can visit the website of The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Conservancy.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that was a nice walk in the park. The tea roses are lovely, especially the white one.

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