Fredrick Law Olmstead chose well when he planted many graceful willow trees along the Muddy River in Boston’s Fens. They were a popular tree in his time, elegant and full of movement, they contributed mightily to our enjoyment of the park for well over one hundred years. The sad news is that old age and especially recent flood control projects have precipitously removed most of the willows, and their replacements, though welcome, are hardly reminiscent of Olmstead’s original naturalized plan for the Emerald Necklace. I believe there is plenty of room to repair this mistake. A summer day under the willows with a friend or a book is such a wonderful respite from the geometries of the city. The sound of the branches swaying, their golden color, gentle shade, and the oxygen enriching (and the carbon capturing) function of trees means we need to plant as many trees as possible. I think Olmstead’s willows need to be included. Details about the painting below. Enjoy!
Thank you Deborah!