Garden Visit – Boston Public Garden

During this pandemic isolation period, we have been sheltering in place in our Boston condo. Every day possible I look for ways to be outdoors and connect to nature there since I can’t be in my Cape Cod garden. Frequent walks have been the answer, with Boston Public Garden often my destination.  Before this spring I had visited every week or two, but with more frequent visits I’ve been noticing more.  Of course I notice what’s in bloom, but I’m also seeing lots of native plants that are thriving in the city. Take a look with me!

This garden abounds in stately trees and wonderful planted beds and is always a treat to walk through. 

What I hadn’t realized, though, is how many native plants have been introduced in recent renovations.  The south border along Boylston Street, the southwest corner on Arlington Street, and the northwest corner on Arlington and Beacon Streets have been infused with native plants, most of which are in bloom right now.

South border of Boston Public Garden along Boylston St. The light green trees in the border are serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.) that have finished blooming.


Native pinkshell azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi)


Trout lily (Erythronium americanum)


Native rhododendron (Rhododendron maximus)


Wild bleeding heart (Dicentra exemia) and in the background, wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)


Maple leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) getting ready to blooom


Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis)

We will be back to Cape Cod soon, at least part time.  And since spring is a week or two behind Boston, we will get to experience the spring blooms all over again!


  1. This was beautiful! Serviceberry grows wild in the NC mountains and the locals call it “Sarvis tree.” It’s the first tree to bloom
    in spring. Beth Robrecht


  2. Love the wide shots of the lake, and also seeing the trout lily and bleeding heart. When I was in WV, I took an ecology class, and we did quadrangles of around town, and on overnight field trips with Charlie Lieble. The Serviceberry was always present in abundance in the mountains. GREAT Blogpost, Cathy!


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