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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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Board Announces New President
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Evening Garden Stroll
Tues, Jul 12, 6 – 7 pm
The perfect antidote to the work day! Meet at Shattuck Visitor Center
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Guided Walk through the Fens
Sat, Jul 16, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Shattuck Visitor Center
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Hear the fascinating story of how the Fens came to be and visit the gardens in bloom.

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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

Planting 150 Trees on the 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. This spring, 150 Red Oak trees (Quercus rubra) will be planted along the Emerald Necklace parkways.
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.
Make it Monthly

Make it Monthly!

Become a monthly park sustainer and you’ll be providing the Conservancy with dependable and consistent support that also helps to save resources. It's a great opportunity to increase your support of the Conservancy while spreading the payments over a year.
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.
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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.
Muddy River Restoration

Muddy River Restoration

Phase 1 of the Muddy River Restoration Project is nearing completion with the daylighting of the river in front of the Landmark Center. Read the latest update: Construction activities for the next 90 days.

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.