The Public Garden in Fresh Paint

By Paige Roehrig on May 10, 2019

It’s National Public Gardens Day and to celebrate we’re giving you a look into this year’s Fresh Paint artworks that depict Boston’s own famous garden, the first public botanical garden in America. It was established in 1837 and has continually inspired artists of Boston. From the vibrant Victorian floral patterns to the lagoon and fountains, this attraction is one of the city’ greatest, and our artist members have celebrated it in the most artful ways for this year’s Fresh Paint.

Joreen Benbenek, CM, Boston in Bloom, oil on canvas, 12” x 16”

Joreen Benbenek paints the statue of George Washington as you enter the Garden from Commonwealth Avenue. The artist captures the bright pink blooming trees and the glory of the statue that honors our first President. 

Kathy Coakley, CA, Waiting to Paddle, oil, 11” x 14”

The story of the Swan Boats dates back to the 1870s when rowing small boats in the Public Garden lagoon was a favorite summer pastime for city residents. We’re thankful this leisure remains a beloved tradition to Bostonians. This painterly piece by Kathy Coakley captures the elegance of the Swan Boats as the light dances around them on the lagoon.

Susan McLean, CA, Swan Boat Memories, oil on canvas, 9×12”

Susan McLean’s painting titled Swan Boat Memories begets feelings of nostalgia by the way she captures the beauty of the Garden. From the people overlooking the lagoon, to the group wading amongst the waters in the boat, and finally to the two girls accompanied by their loyal companion, it truly feels like the perfect summer day in Boston.


See these artworks in person and bid on your favorite until May 16th. On May 16th the culmination of the Fresh Paint festivities will begin at 6:30pm with a lively cocktail party and silent auction. To join us for this event please click here for tickets: