The Boston Public Garden ca. 1901

While preparing for the Boston Public Garden tour I lead on June 10 for the Tufts Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, I came upon the George H. Walker company’s Map and index of Boston Common and the Public Garden, showing the location and names of the trees and the arrangement of the tulips for 1901.

Map of Boston Common and Public Garden, G.H. Walker Co., 1901

Map of Boston Common and Public Garden, G.H. Walker Co., 1901

The map features an index specifying what trees were planted in the Public Garden  in 1901! Unfortunately, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library didn’t bother putting the key to the trees on-line—just the front of the map.

Fortunately, Ronald Grim, Curator at the Map Center, located the index under “Atlases.” (This is why we need librarians, folks—to find stuff the scanners lose.) For all you Boston garden historians, here is a PDF of the index so you can identify the trees. Enjoy!

G.H. Walker index to “Map of Boston Common and Public Garden,” 1901