Boston, the historic gem of New England, is renowned for its rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. As Fleurs de Villes lands in Boston for the first time with Fleurs de Villes VOYAGE at Prudential Center (November 2-6,2023),) we explore the floral beauty, lore, and stories that make Boston unique.
PUBLIC GARDENS: OASES OF TRANQUILITY
One of the city's most iconic green spaces is the Boston Public Garden, which is the country’s first botanical garden established in 1834 as the Boston Common. In November, this 24-acre oasis transforms into a tapestry of colour. Rows of vibrant chrysanthemums, ornamental cabbage, and pansies blanket the meticulously manicured gardens, creating a mesmerizing display that contrasts beautifully with the fading autumn leaves.
The central lagoon, framed by weeping willows and populated by whimsical swan boats, is adorned with blooming water lilies. The lilies, though not as vibrant as their summer counterparts, maintain their delicate beauty well into the cooler months. For a unique experience, take a leisurely swan boat ride through this tranquil scene, immersing yourself in the harmony of nature. In the spring, two real swans, named Romeo and Juliette, are relocated to the lagoon for their seasonal stay. Don’t miss the bronze “Make Way for Ducklings” sculptures, inspired by the beloved children’s book.
FLORAL LORE OF BOSTON: THE MAYFLOWER CONNECTION
The name "Boston" itself carries a floral legacy. The city is said to be named after Boston, Lincolnshire, England. Interestingly, Boston, England, has its own connection to flowers through the iconic Mayflower. The pilgrims who sailed aboard the Mayflower, ultimately settling in Plymouth, Massachusetts, embarked from the English port town of Boston. There is a strong association between the Mayflower ship and Boston, not just through the city's name, but also as a symbol of the journey that led to the establishment of the New World.
The Mayflower's namesake is the beautiful Mayflower or Epigaea repens, a native North American wildflower. These delicate pink and white blossoms hold a significant place in the hearts of those who appreciate the history of Boston and the United States as a whole.