Boston’s Emerald Necklace

Muddy River  I’ve been to Boston many times throughout my life, but I’d never even heard of “Boston’s Emerald Necklace” until we visited Joel. Geese Emerald Necklace copy It’s not exactly made out of gems, but it’s a gem of a place! Boston Commons The Emerald Necklace is a sparkling swath of green parks and quiet waterways Emerald Necklace that wend their way  for 7 miles across the “neck” of Boston’s peninsula, Swan Boats in Boston Commonsbeginning at the Boston Common and ending at Franklin Park in Brookline, MA. Roses. WhiteI think the reason I’d never heard of it is that Hydrengeas at Harvard—even though it was designed by America’s first landscape architect, Pink Roses in Sun Frederick Law Olmsted, about 250 years ago Muddy River of Boston in an effort to control and maintain the marshlands in Boston— Crossing bridge over Muddy River it’s just been in the past 10 years that more than $60 million have been spent to Quiet Area renovate this restful 1,100-acre park system where more than 300,000 people Boston Park Geese copylive and many millions work and visit. Joseph B. Martin Conference Center Joel lives in the Longwood medical area, so he took us for an early morning DSCN8730stroll  before church on Sunday morning. (See the green “necklace” above?)DSCN8713 Our meander took us through the Harvard Medical school campus, Ivy-covered bench (—how’s this for Ivy League?—)Boston Latin School past America’s first and oldest existing public school: The Boston Latin School, Muddy River sun and along the “Muddy River,” which flows from Jamaica Pond to the Fens Rose. Red (thus the name “Fenway Park” for the Boston Red Sox Stadium). Chestnut trees on Emerald Necklace It was a simply gorgeous September morning, and I can’t tell you how happy it Path along Muddy River made me to see that Joel has a restful place to walk that seems a lot like home! Great Blue Herson 9.14.14 copy We even saw a great blue heron fishing in the Muddy River, and the river was Geese copyalive with sounds of Canada geese, just like we hear on our little lake! James P. Kelleher Rose Garden One of the walk’s highlights was the beautiful James P. Kelleher Rose Garden, James P. Kelleher Rose Garden Pool a circular “secret garden” of sorts hidden away in the heart of the cityRose Gardenand filled with dozens of varieties of beautiful roses! Pink RoseBecause we’d come so early on a Sunday morning, we were the only visitors, Yellow roseand many of the roses Dewy Roses were still covered with dew! Pink rose in sunshine My heart kept singing one of the songs from my youth…Do you know it? James P. Kelleher Garden flowers“In the Garden” Joel in James P. Kelleher Rose GardenI come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses. James P. Kelleher Rose Garden StatuaryAnd He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known. White RosesHe speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
Variagated Pink RosesAnd He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
~C. Austin Miles (1868–1946) Dewy Rose
“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”
(Proverbs 8:17)