Suburban Parks – Item 2 of 4

Geo. H. Walker & Co., Arnold Arboretum (Harvard University), Jamaica Plain, Mass., 1900.

The Emerald Necklace’s Arnold Arboretum was the result of a collaboration between Frederick Law Olmsted and amateur horticulturalist Charles Sargent.  The site was once the Bussey Family farm, an informal park that was given to Harvard in 1872 for agricultural education.In an arrangement between Harvard and the City of Boston, the Arboretum became part of the park system in 1882.  Serving as a park and an educational institution has allowed for preservation of many original features of the Arboretum, as this 1900 map shows the location of trees, shrubs, and pathways designed by Olmsted, which remain unchanged to this day.