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The delayed arrival of spring has us yearning to make the most the sunny days to come. After this long, snowy, winter, we are ready get outside and explore. Where better to start than Boston’s beautiful Emerald Necklace? For those living in the city or its surrounding towns, it can be easy to forget that Boston has a world-class system of parks, featuring gorgeous green spaces and miles of trails. Well, consider this your month-long reminder!

One of our very favorite links of the Emerald Necklace has to be the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, a National Historic Landmark and the nation’s first public arboretum. Whether it’s the living collection of 15,000 species of plants, the Frederick Law Olmsted designed walking paths or the fantastic views of downtown Boston from the top of Peters Hill, there is certainly something for everyone at the Arnold Arboretum.  While the arboretum gets a lot of attention each Mother’s Day when they host “Lilac Sunday,” we urge you to get there this month to watch the trees bud and the flowers begin to pop.

For more information about the Arnold Arboretum and other hidden gems found throughout Greater Boston, we suggest you pick up a copy of Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces by Meg Muckenhoupt. It will become an essential part of enjoying all the beautiful weather that we’re sure to get this spring and summer. (We deserve it!)  For even more information, follow the Arboretum on twitter and on facebook, where they post beautiful photographs all year long!

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  • Voila! You have a beautiful, seasonal desktop calendar to keep you on track all month long!

About the Union Park Press Calendar Series

When you publish books about arts, history, and culture of Boston and New England, you are bound to see some spectacular photography. It’s our goal to share some of those gorgeous scenes with fellow New England-lovers through our books, our blogPinterest and now through our monthly Union Park Press digital desktop calendar series! We hope you enjoy and return each month for a new beautiful calendar.

Our books are available online through our websiteAmazon or Barnes & Noble; or pick up a copy at your local bookstore. If your favorite shop doesn’t have a book in stock, just ask—they’ll be happy to order it for you!