The Friends of the Public Garden works to protect and improve Boston’s first public parks — the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

A membership organization open to all, the Friends was founded in 1970 by concerned citizens. Working closely with the Boston Parks Department, we support ongoing improvements to the parks. Since 1970, we have funded the expert care of trees and plantings and the maintenance and restoration of sculptures and fountains. We work as staunch advocates to protect the parks from misuse and encroachment.

Read more about our organization.
Watch a video celebrating our stewardship.
Learn what we do each year with our newsletter.


Untold Stories of the Public Garden – Last day of tours Sept. 21, 2017
Free Public Garden tours Tuesdays at 4pm, Wednesdays at 10am and 4pm, and Thursdays at 4pm
Meet at the Ducklings statue in the Public Garden

Happy 30th Birthday, Mrs. Mallard and her Ducklings!
October 7, 2017 from 10am-1pm at the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden
You’re invited to join Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings and all their friends to celebrate their 30th year in the Public Garden! Free for all!

Members Reception — FULL
October 16, 2017 at Four Seasons Boston at 6:30pm
Click here for more information and to add your name to the waiting list…

Celebrating 30 years of the Rose Brigade and China Altman
In tribute to China Altman and her 30 years of inspired dedication to and leadership of the Rose Brigade, we introduced the new China Altman hybrid tea rose on June 20th!
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Grand Opening and Tree Dedication at the George Robert White Memorial Fountain
We celebrated the completion of the restoration of the George Robert White Memorial fountain on June 7!
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