Boston Public Garden - View of the Pond
The Boston Public Garden is situated on 24-acres of land in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, adjacent to Boston Common. The Public Garden was established in 1837 when philanthropist Horace Gray petitioned for the use of land as the first public botanical garden in the United States. Grey helped marshal political resistance to a number of Boston City Council attempts to sell the land in question, finally settling the issue of devoting it to the Public Garden in 1856. The Act establishing use of the land was submitted to the voters on 26 April 1856 where it passed with only 99 dissents.
The Public Garden is managed jointly between the Mayor's Office, The Parks Department of the City of Boston, and the non-profit Friends of the Public Garden.
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Notes from Wikipedia; more details can be found here: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Public_Garden