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By adamg - 9/28/20 - 6:45 pm

Boston Police report looking for a man they say grabbed a woman and tried to rape her in the Public Garden around 6 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/20 - 11:28 am
New water in Public Garden Lagoon

Damaskin snapped the refreshed Public Garden Lagoon, filled with fresh water after it was drained and its bottom scraped because it had turned into a duck-killing toxic pool, without the microbe-killing oxygen from Covid-19-halted Swan Boat paddling. No ducks so far, he reports.

By adamg - 8/23/20 - 1:32 pm
Scraping the bottom of the Public Garden Lagoon

Damaskin watched workers remove the gunk at the bottom of the drained Public Garden Lagoon today. When done, they'll refill the small pond with clean water that will hopefully end the threat of mass duck die-offs caused by botulism toxin in the water that had been caused, indirectly, by Covid-19 - by forcing the cancellation of the Swan Boats and their paddles, which normally would oxygenate the water, which inhibits the bacteria.

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 9:32 am
Public Garden drained due to botulism

Update: The city reports draining is now finished and muck removal begun, with the goal of having the Lagoon filled up with fresh water by next weekend.

Damaskin didn't get super close this morning to the Public Garden Lagoon, which the city is draining because of a toxic buildup of botulism-causing bacteria that has been paralyzing and killing ducks. Once all the water runs out, crews will scoop out the muck and then refill the lagoon with fresh water.

By adamg - 8/18/20 - 10:19 pm

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department reports it started draining the Public Garden Lagoon today to try to rid it of toxic grossness that has spawned several 311 complaints about dead ducks. Read more.

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By adamg - 7/15/20 - 12:34 pm

The Paget family, which has run the Swan Boats in the Public Garden for decades, announces they've called off the entire 2020 season after concluding there's just no way to keep riders and employees safe in the current Covid-19 environment.

By adamg - 6/25/20 - 4:30 pm
Ice-cream truck on Boylston Street at the Public Garden.

Adam Castiglioni reports the original Boston Frosty ice-cream truck is back on Boylston and Arlington streets - and now taking credit cards.

By adamg - 5/10/20 - 12:24 pm

Arnold Arboretum | Spring

The Arnold Arboretum canceled its traditional Lilac Sunday today, but Greg Cook provided an online way to enjoy the lilacs, if without the aroma. Read more.

By adamg - 5/9/20 - 8:14 pm
Hawk with lunch in the Public Garden

A roving UHub photographer spotted this hawk with some fresh lunch - a black bird of some sort - in the Public Garden today. She also spotted Revolutionary hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko showing some support for workers at local hospitals: Read more.

By adamg - 4/25/20 - 4:34 pm
Croquet in the Public Garden

A roving UHub photographer captured the scene this afternoon. OK, no, we have no idea when these folks got their croquet set. On the one hand, it's almost charming, and we're hope the holes they left in the grass of the Public Garden did no permanent damage. On the other hand: Jesus, have you guys not seen the news for the last month?

By adamg - 4/20/20 - 8:20 pm
Sunset over the Public Garden and George Washington

Jonathan Berk watched the sunset from the Public Garden this evening.

By adamg - 4/11/20 - 11:23 am
Make Way for Ducklings in Masks

Paul Levy reports Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings are once again wearing masks as they stroll through the Public Garden.

By adamg - 3/22/20 - 6:17 pm
Make Way for Ducklings in Masks

As he wandered through a pandemic-stricken region, Greg Cook came across the statue honoring Make Way for Ducklings in Masks in the Public Garden.

By adamg - 3/21/20 - 10:47 pm

Scenery of Boston during the Novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic Saturday 3/21/2020

So a videographer walked through the Common, the Public Garden and downtown today.

By adamg - 1/19/20 - 5:40 pm
Message written in the ice in the Public Garden lagoon: Stay Tom

Leslee spotted this imploring message to our local NFL quarterback inscribed in the ice on the Public Garden lagoon today.

By adamg - 1/1/20 - 2:13 pm
Prudential building welcomes 2020

David Parsons took in the Back Bay as the New Year arrived.

Leslee captured the Public Garden bridge on First Night: Read more.

By adamg - 12/25/19 - 4:27 pm
Public Garden lagoon now a skating rink

Greg C. was among those who ventured onto the ice at the Public Garden lagoon today.

By adamg - 12/24/19 - 11:10 am
Grinch on Charles Street

Patrick Marvin spotted the lord of Mt. Crumpit at the Public Garden yesterday.

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