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.

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June 23, 2017

The public hearing for House Bill H.3749 (An Act protecting sunlight and promoting economic development in the city of Boston) was Tuesday, June 27th from 11am-2pm, Room 222, Massachusetts State House. June 27th Public Hearing information here… 

As long-time champions of the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, and major funders of their restoration and daily maintenance for nearly 50 years, we are steadfastly committed to their future.

The Friends and other park advocates will be testifying at the hearing. As always, we will keep you apprised of any developments.



Young Friends Social
September 12, 2017 at The Yard at the Liberty Hotel
Get your tickets here…

Untold Stories of the Public Garden
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

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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