FROM TOP: Frog ring with croco-pattern diamonds and emeralds, Hellmuth ($12,193). Pagéo, 33 Newbury St., 617-266-0066; Yellow rose-cut diamond floral cocktail ring, Jacob & Co ($56,800), Diamond floral ring in 18k white gold, Kwiat (price on request). Neiman Marcus, Copley Place, 617-536-3660. 14k strawberry-gold flower ring with chocolate diamonds, Le Vian ($4,185). Macy’s, 450 Washington St., 617-357-3000.
Ornamental Onion / Allium giganteum
Three separate groups collaborate to bring us the flowers in the Public Garden’s 58 beds and
along its perimeter: the Boston Parks & Recreation department, the Friends of the Public
Garden, and the Rose Brigade. We took our inspiration from their work. One of the showier
flowers planted by the Parks department in the beds lining the walkway to the pond’s romantic
bridge is allium, an ornamental onion that blossoms in late June and thrives longer than tulips. Its
later flower helps extend the bloom time of the bulb plantings, and its bauble of purple and
stick-straight height—often rising to four feet—adds much-photographed drama.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Star Anise necklace, Paul Morelli ($38,000). Quadrum, The Mall at Chestnut Hill, 617-965-5555. Aquamarine Marquesa fashion ring, Harry Winston (price on request). Broderie earrings with blue sapphires and diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels ($59,500). Dorfman, 24 Newbury St., 617-536-2022; Précieuses Trèfle ring, Dior ($370,000). Copley Place, 617-927-7577.
Sandy Femma Rose / Rosa or Rosaceae
The hundreds of rose bushes in the Public
Garden—mostly tea roses and hybrids
similar to this one, a Dutch takeoff on the
peach Femma rose—bloom in early June under the
meticulous care of the Rose Brigade. The Brigade
collaborates with the city’s Parks & Recreation
department and the Friends of the Public Garden
to nurture the Garden’s four rose beds. The group
of about 20 volunteer gardeners was founded in
1988 and is still led by Bay Village resident China
Altman. Each bed has its own character, such as
the bed of fragrant Tiffany roses located on the
park’s Arlington Street border. Surprisingly, roses
weren’t always in the Public Garden, despite its
influence from the Victorian gardens of England;
all the current rose beds were planted in 1980.
FROM LEFT: Freshwater pearl mum flower with crystal leaves necklace, Siman Tu ($1,250). Diamond flower earrings, Roberto Coin ($16,400). Neiman Marcus, Copley Place, 617-536-3660. South Sea pearl pin, Aaron Basha (price on request). Caresse d’orchidées par ring, Cartier ($64,300). 40 Newbury St., 617-262-3300. Camelia Brode cuff, Chanel (price on request), White-gold and diamond floral drop earrings, H.Stern ($262,300). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500.
Fuchsia Anemone / Anemone
This eye-catching exotic flower plays several
roles in the Garden, says Boston Parks &
Recreation’s superintendent of horticulture,
Tom Williams. In addition to providing color and
texture to the beds, anemones take the place of
tulips after their season has passed. Tulips and rose
bushes anchor many of the beds in the garden, with
carefully plotted exotic flowers providing much of
the color in the park in late spring.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Flower necklace in 18k gold with diamonds ($112,000) and baroque flower brooch with pearls, diamonds, and tsavorites ($64,400), Buccellati. Special order, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500. Jeweled flower earrings, Cathy Waterman ($10,330). Barneys New York, Copley Place, 617- 385-3300. Margherita necklace in 18k yellow and white gold with cognac diamonds and yellow sapphires, Roberto Coin ($11,600). Neiman Marcus, Copley Place, 617- 536-3660.
Blue Hydrangea / Hydrangea Macrophylla
Lush, showy hydrangeas love New England's
sandy soil and change hue depending on its
mineral composition. The popular mophead
variety, with its closely set silken petals, appears in
a variety of colors, including the popular pink and
blue. The Friends of the Public Garden plant and
care for the Garden’s trees and many of its shrub
beds, including the hydrangeas behind the George
Robert White Memorial at the corner of Beacon
and Arlington streets.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Dragonfly clip with pink sapphires and diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels ($29,400). Dorfman, 24 Newbury St., 617-536-2022. Diamond slice ring with rubies, pink sapphires, and white and gray diamonds, Kimberly McDonald ($51,500). Neiman Marcus, Copley Place, 617-536-3660. Pat de Ver Rose Tree brooch with diamonds and pink sapphires, Tiffany & Co. ($44,000). Copley Place, 617-353-0222.
Menton Tulip / Tulipa
Tulips have graced the tidy beds of the Public
Garden in carefully orchestrated waves of color
since the 1840s. The tradition continues to the
present day thanks to the creative planning of the
Boston Parks & Recreation department’s assistant
superintendent of horticulture, Tony Hennessy.
Hennessy and his team try to add new tulip cultivars
while sticking with reliable varieties that please the
eye and have an extended bloom time. Tulip bulbs,
with memorable monikers such as the Bleu Aimable,
Orange Queen, and this pale pink Menton, are
brought in from the Netherlands and replanted