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City neighborhoods in full bloom this spring


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Parks and Recreation

Spring has sprung in Boston’s parks, and we are taking the opportunity to salute the efforts of our Horticulture staff.

We had our April showers. Now it's time for May flowers.

The Horticulture Division of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department plants bright spring flowers all over the City of Boston — from the Public Garden to neighborhood parks, squares, and plazas. Median-strip beds, quite often the first thing that greets you as you enter a neighborhood, are designed with bright borders of annuals and perennials along with fresh mulch and weed control measures. 

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Wolcott Square, Readville

Aside from the downtown district, the team has been beautifying community gateways in Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester, and small pocket parks citywide. “Working in Boston’s parks and green spaces, we get to see the smiles first hand,” said Horticulture Superintendent Anthony Hennessy. “I am proud of our team’s role in enhancing the beauty of the City.” 

'Meet me in the Square'

But the installations are more than beautiful: these landmark squares and plazas have cultural and social importance to Bostonians. Welcoming entrances contribute to a vibrant and equitable public realm, enhance economic development in business districts, and provide both residents and visitors with opportunities to connect to the natural environment even in the City.

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Logan Square, Hyde Park
Entering Mattapan Square - bed of tulips
Entering Mattapan Square

“I would like to personally thank the horticulture team for the dedication, care, and attention they provide to parks and open space in Boston,” noted Josh Altidor, General Superintendent of Parks and Turf Management. “My personal hope is that we continue to grow stronger and more intentional in our design and the services we provide citywide. Our standards and mission will remain the same: to make sure every citizen in Boston has access to safe, clean, and attractive parks.” 

Tulips in median strip MLK BLVD Roxbury
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Roxbury

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