Sunday, July 31, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – The History, Gardens & Changing Landscape of the Back Bay Fens

Join Docents from The Emerald Necklace Conservancy on Sunday, July 31 for a free interpretive tour of the Back Bay Fens.  The tour traces the evolution of the area from what a city engineer in the 1870’s called “the foulest marsh and muddy flats to be found anywhere in Massachusetts” to the tranquil parkland of today. Starting at the Visitor Center located at 125 The Fenway, participants will embark on a leisurely excursion that will take them along the Muddy River, through the fragrant Kelleher Rose Garden (below) and the historic Fenway Victory Gardens. Along the way, they will learn how the park developed under the guiding philosophies of celebrated landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Highlights include stops at hidden treasures such as the Japanese Bell and the rustic Agassiz Bridge, made of Roxbury puddingstone.  For more information, visit  Rain or shine, no reservations required.