Happy March!

This month, we have chosen to share a gorgeous shot of the elegant courtyard of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The lush imagery offers some respite from this odd little winter that we are experiencing and reminds us that spring—and its bountiful blossoms—are right around the corner.

Taken by Xiao “Sherman” Gong, the stunning photograph was first featured in Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces by Meg Muckenhoupt. This guide is the perfect springtime purchase for any Bostonian, as it provides readers with a new way to explore the contemporary and long-revered public spaces of the Boston area.

The subject of our monthly calendar is also very timely due to the opening of a brand new wing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum earlier this year. Any museum expansion is big news, but things get complicated when the building is protected by a strict will left by the original owner requesting that nothing about the palace be changed!  While this courtyard has stayed very much the same, the new wing allows for new garden and green spaces in and around the Museum, which author Meg Muckenhoupt recently wrote about on the Union Park Press blog.

How to set this image as your Desktop Background:

  • Download this for your desktop screen in resolutions of 1280 x 800 (small)1440 x 900 (medium), or 1920 x 1200 (large), based on the size of your screen.
  • Right-click (or ctrl-click for some Mac users) on the image, and chose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”“Use as Desktop Picture”, — the exact wording will depend on the browser you use.
  • If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference screen (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.
  • 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 blog, 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.