Take a walk through Boston’s most innovative and illustrious public spaces.

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  • Paperback, 7 1⁄4 x 9
  • 192 pages, color art
  • 978-1-934598-03-0
  • $22.95 US

“Boston’s history is written in its land,” says Lexington-based environmental journalist Meg Muckenhoupt, author of Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces, an illustrated introduction to the origins and reinvention of public space in the Greater Boston area.

“The Boston Common was originally used to graze sheep, marshal troops, and hang unpopular people. Many of Boston’s most famous green spaces were constructed in the interest of public health. Today, ingenious Bostonians are growing cutting-edge rooftop greenery, building sculpture gardens, and tending urban wilds. These green spaces not only add to the character of the city, but they support populations of birds, insects, and other creatures who’ve lived here for millennia. Most important, they provide a place where we can feel closer to the earth.”

If you’re looking for an April outing and want to venture beyond the Emerald Necklace, try one of the many sites covered in Muckenhoupt’s Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces.

Meg Muckenhoupt

is an environmental and travel writer and co-creator of the GREEN SPACES: Boston smartphone app. She has appeared on NPR’s Radio Boston and WCVB’s Chronicle, as well as WGBH’s Forum site. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Boston PhoenixBoston Magazine, and the Time Out Boston guide; her book Boston Gardens and Green Spaces (Union Park Press, 2010) is a Boston Globe Local Bestseller. A talented public speaker, she gives frequent talks about Massachusetts landscape history and Boston’s greatest unknown parks to audiences around New England. 

Meg was awarded a certificate in Field Botany by the New England Wild Flower Society and earned degrees from Harvard and Brown University. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

“Well-written and superbly illustrated, this book reveals Boston’s hidden treasures. It is a great addition to the literature on our city.”
Robert J Allison, Professor of History at Suffolk University