Boston Common and Public Garden – Item 3 of 4


No. 13 Public Garden, Boston, Mass., 1880. Courtesy Print Department.
This photograph of the Public Garden shows how the space was arranged to encourage meandering.  Unlike the Common, whose straight throughways enabled quick passage across the city, the undulating pathways of the Public Garden encouraged visitors to linger and absorb the scenery.  Whereas the Common had a utilitarian and pastoral feel, the Public Garden was a place that stimulated the senses, and incorporating art and a feeling of refinement into the space.  At a time when ornamental garden design was in vogue, the Public Garden represented the best that a city of learned, cultured citizens could desire in an outdoor botanical space.