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Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

Spring 2000 Walking Tours

A Walk on the Strand
Sunday, May 7, 2000 4:00pm

Olmsted called this wonderful waterfront park "Pleasure Bay." Our two hour evening walking tour explores the unique history of the South Boston shoreline and the outstanding design of Olmsted's promenade park.

Meet at Kelly's Landing, intersection of William J. Day Boulevard and Farragut Road, South Boston.

Sunday, May 21, 2000 1:00pm

Although Olmsted's design for a subdivision at World's End was never fully executed, his subtle sketches can still be seen on the land. Our two hour walk explores the history and nature of this magnificent Trustees of Reservations property.

Meet at World's End Reservation parking lot, Martin's Lane. Hingham.
Co-sponsored with The Trustees of Reservations.

Of Ponds & Plans
Saturday, May 27, 2000 1:00pm

Find out how and why this "pond of shimmering half-lights" was included in Boston's Emerald Necklace during our two hour walking tour focusing on the pond's unique history.

Meet at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse, Pond Street and Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain.

Visions and Revisions
Sunday, June 4, 2000 1:00pm

Changing what was the "filthiest mudflats to be found anywhere in Massachusetts" into an urban oasis was just a part of Olmsted's vision for this 100-acre project. Our two hour walking tour examines the multifaceted history of the Fens, from its ecological past to its uncertain future.

Meet at the Leif Ericson statue, Commonwealth Avenue Mall and Charlesgate East, Boston.
Country in the City
Sunday, June 11, 2000 1:00pm
Franklin Park is considered one of Olmstedís finest design achievements and a prime example of his social ideals. Discover Olmsted's vision for this "Country Park" on our two hour walk through the landscapes of Scarboro Pond, Schoolmaster Hill, and the Country Park Meadow. Meet at the Forest Hills Entrance to Franklin Park, corner of Forest Hills Avenue and the Arborway, Jamaica Plain.

The Plant Explorers
Wednesday, June 14, 2000 6:00pm

Scientists and horticulturists from the Arboretum have introduced to the world such wonders as the dove tree and the dawn redwood. Learn about the amazing adventures and discoveries of the Arboretumís plant explorers during our 90 minute walk.

Meet at the Arnold Arboretum's main gate in front of the Hunnewell Visitor Center, the Arborway, Jamaica Plain.

The Lost Jewel
Sunday, June 18, 2000 1:00pm

Explore the design and history of one of the least known of Boston's Emerald Necklace of parks during our two hour walking tour. The walk examines the development of the park and its vital role within the cityís greenspace.

Meet at Daisy Field on Willow Pond Road, Jamaica Plain.

Ribbon of Green
Sunday, June 25, 2000 5:00pm

The marriage of landscape art and clever engineering is the focus of our 90 minute stroll along "the meandering water and blooming islets" of the Riverway.

Meet at the Longwood MBTA stop, Chapel Street, Brookline.
For More Information Call: (617) 566-1689.

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