Boston springing into warmer weather

By Katie Peters Co-Editor-In Chief

A plot at the Fenway Victory Gardens shows signs of life after the winter. Photo by Katie Peters.

Spring in the Boston area always promises to be a time of growth and change. As the weather continues to warm up, the city’s streets and parks will soon be a place for Bostonians to enjoy the outdoors after the pandemic’s winter. From Fenway to Sommerville, here are four spots to explore this spring.

1. Fenway Victory Gardens, 1200 Boylston St, Boston

A few blocks East of Fenway Park, the Back Bay Fens’s northernmost area is home to The Fenway Victory Gardens. The seven-and-a-half acre plot of land was established as a Victory Garden in 1943, and continues to be used today as space for Bostonians to garden in the heart of the Fenway/Kenmore area. On an early spring walk through these gardens, one can see plants starting to sprout, talk with local gardeners, and enjoy a bit of nature in the middle of the city.

2. Boston Public Library – Central Location, 700 Boylston St, Boston

Located in Copley Square is the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Central Location, the oldest standing library in BPL’s system. The McKim building opened to the public in 1895, and was designated as a National Historical Landmark in 1986. Today it is home to the iconic Bates Hall and murals by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. A courtyard connects the McKim Building with its more modern ad- dition, the Johnson Building which opened in 1972. Here, visitors can purchase food at the Newsfeed Cafe, watch a live WGBH broadcast from their satellite studio, and access other spaces the library offers.

Murals depicting philosophy, astronomy, history, and chemistry by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes are displayed along the walls of the BPL’s McKim Building’s main staircase. Photo by Katie Peters.

3. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Boston

Around the corner from where the Orange Line ends in Jamaica Plain, the 281-acre plot of land that the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University spans is home to “world’s most comprehensive and best-documented collections of temperate woody plants,” according to their website. Often described as a “living museum,” the Arnold Arboretum aims to share knowledge of the plant kingdom with a focus on research, horticulture, and education. Trails throughout the arboretum allow guests to explore over 1,500 species of trees, shrubs and vines the park has to offer. Throughout spring and summer, various plants such as Lilac Bushes and Magnolia Trees are expected to flower, giving visitors beautiful views. Self-guided walking tours are also available on their website for those who would like to learn more about the plants.

4. Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way, Somerville

For a day of shopping, Assembly Row in Sommerville offers a mix of popular stores, restaurants and entertainment spanning from Revolution Drive to Great River Road. The outdoor-style layout of this mall is perfect for a warm day and offers a slightly more covid-safe alternative to traditional malls. Aside from shopping, Assembly Row also offers entertainment options such as Muse Paintbar, Legoland Discovery Bar, and Lucky Strike Social bowling. To the north of Great River Road, Baxter State Park offers a beautiful view with trails along Mystic River.

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