The botanic garden also has a fantastic conservatory, which just kept going, and going, and going. There was an orchid room, and a fern room, and a begonia room, and a Spanish hacienda garden, and a bonsai room. And more.
I really enjoyed our visit there, and absolutely must go back, because I still have so much more I need to see!
On Saturday (6/17), we headed out to the botanical garden, which was an easy subway ride from our hotel. The place is huge – there’s also an insectarium and a biodome you can visit – I don’t know how people do it. We managed maybe a quarter of the outside gardens, and the conservatory (that’ll be the next entry). I need to go back – there are still things I want to see that we didn’t get to.
I really loved how much in the outdoor gardens were plants I could grow in my own garden – I was taking (picture) notes left and right when labels were available.
This garden was a really cool find – it’s attached to the Chateau Ramezay Museum and Historic site, but had free access. It’s set up with sections reminiscent of an earlier 18th century garden in New France. There’s a potager, an orchard and ornamental sections. I was so excited to see this – it’s along the lines of the kind of garden I’d like to set up if I had my own space to play with.
We joined Historic New England last year (our gateway being Hamilton House). We’ve worked our way through several Maine and New Hampshire properties, and decided to take advantage of a friend’s cookout in the Boston area to add a few Massachusetts properties to the list. The first was Beauport, which ended up being even more fantastic than the write up led me to believe it would be.
Henry Sleeper was one of the first true interior designers, and the house is a showcase of his work. And one of the things he did was find old colonial houses that were being torn down, and repurpose the interiors, like the paneling, or old doors. It’s got a very particular aesthetic in the collections on display, and was just so cool to walk through. We plan on coming back for one of the special three hours tours that they do that allows you to see every room. (You only get the highlights on the regular tour, but they’re plenty interesting.)