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Welcome to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace

Boston and Brookline’s historic and vibrant park system

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Kelleher Rose Garden

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Guided Walking & Bike Tours
Tour details and fall schedule
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Walking Tour: History & Landscape of the Fens
Sun, Sept 4 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Last Evening Garden Stroll of the season!
Tues, Sept 13 | 6 – 7 pm

Bike Tour: From the Fens to Arnold Arboretum
Sat, Sept 17 | 11 am – 1 pm
Free, pre-registration required.
Call 617-522-2700 or email

Ropes & Gray Plaque Dedication held
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Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek led a ceremony with DCR Commissioner Leo Roy to honor Ropes & Gray for their gift of 150 trees. Read the press release.

Summer on the Emerald Necklace presents MOVIE NIGHT!


Disney’s Frozen
Thurs, Aug 25
Sugar Bowl, at Pinebank
Jamaica Pond
6:30 pm Fun & Games with Knucklebones
7:45 pm Movie! “Frozen”

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Art Exhibit at the Shattuck Visitor Center
“Natural and Manmade Landscapes:Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.” Watercolor paintings by Thomas Loring.  Details
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Birding in the Emerald Necklace
Takes place in all the parks. Birding Kits are available at the Shattuck Visitor Center with binoculars, birding book in a knapsack. For more information about the birding kits call 617-522-2700. The Emerald Necklace Bird Club has organized birding activities.

Olmsted Tree Society

Olmsted Tree Society

Pruning and Planting Fifteen Littleleaf Linden trees (Tilia cordata) were planted along Park Drive in the Back Bay Fens in June and safety pruning continues along the Emerald Necklace parkways.The Olmsted Tree Society (OTS) was established to make the preservation of the trees in the Emerald Necklace parks one of the Conservancy’s highest priorities.
Kelleher Rose Garden

Kelleher Rose Garden

The Kelleher Rose Garden sits just behind a yew hedge in the Back Bay Fens and greets visitors with a dazzling display of more than 1,500 roses along its garden paths and trellises. Adding to the drama is a reconstructed 1930’s-era fountain encircled by statuary. Open from mid-April through October.
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An Emerald Evening

Join us in honoring Ben Taylor with the Olmsted Award of Excellence on November 10, 2016 at 6 pm in the Koch Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Summer BLO concert

Summer on the Emerald Necklace

Music, Movies & Knucklebones Family Fun!
Bring your family and friends, set up chairs and blankets and enjoy a series of concerts and movies in the park. Come early for an hour of Knucklebones games and activities for the young and young-at-heart before showtime. Concerts at 6 pm. Movies at 7:30 pm.

Community Preservation Act

YES for a Better Boston! We are part of a broad coalition of community organizations backing the Community Preservation Act (CPA), which would create a dedicated funding stream for Boston parks, affordable housing and historic preservation. CPA will be on the ballot in Boston this November. Please say YES to a Better Boston!
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Guided Tours

Join us for a guided walk through the historic Fens landscape — Led by Conservancy docents, tours are offered monthly and include weekend walks as well as special Tuesday evening garden strolls.

Supporting our Youth Programs!

starhYouth Education is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

bcf_logoYouth Education is partially supported by a grant from the Brookline Youth Fund at the Brookline Community Foundation.