Jim and I particularly wanted to do the art galleries and we were not disappointed. Whilst the Boston Museum of Fine Arts was lovely, it was the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum that really captivated us. This is housed in what was the family home of Isabella and John Gardner. Together they traveled widely, collecting Italian Renaissance art, furniture and architectural items. The house she built, that now houses the museum is somewhat whimsical, incorporating a vast collection of architectural salvage. The museum surrounds a beautiful courtyard, covered by a glass roof, the first of its kind in the USA. The museum was first opened to the public in 1903. As well as the central courtyard there is a beautiful modern garden, completed in 2013 called the Monk's Garden, styled in many shades of green with white flowers.
|The Monk's Garden|
|Apologies poor quality pic taken through the glass|
I last visited Boston probably 30 years ago and have a rosy memory of the public gardens. Sadly what we found this time, was a rather tired civic park with a lake, worn grass and many trees. The flower beds were mostly disappointing and the iconic swan boats had finished for the day.
|Nice alliums - pity about the weeds!|
|The most prominent graft line I have ever seen - assuming that's what it is!|
|Is it a plant or a painting?|