Boston Garden Designed to Be Impractical

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One museum in Boston has opened a unique and unusual garden.

The Monks Garden has just opened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and is 7,500 square feet of Michael Van Valkenburgh’s ideas, according to The Dirt from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Designed to be impractical, Van Valkenburgh has designed the garden for onlookers to wander aimlessly. 

“Within, Van Valkenburgh maximizes circulation with a serpentine path of black brick, a play on Boston’s ubiquitous brick architecture,” the article says. “The winding trail, which also shines with mica schist, is the garden’s most striking feature.”

The designer also kept children in mind as he created the garden. He designed the area as a space for children to run, hide and play.

The year-round garden features a variety of plants including, day lilies, Lenten roses and Camellias. 

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