Posted by: 2in10 | 08/06/2010

garden of hope

Today, after visiting the North Bennet Street School in Boston’s North End, I discovered The Cancer Garden of Hope on City Hall Plaza. The garden, with 180 linear feet of granite planters high above Congress Street, is a welcome change for a bleak, unused corner of the plaza.

I saw the flowers and whimsical trellises from Congress Street. Perennials like coneflower, roses, autumn anemone, foxglove, and lamb’s ears drew me up the plaza stairs. The enclosing planters bear bricks and plaques with dedications and memorials. Funds raised go to several cancer organizations in the Boston area.

The garden is a project of the Conquer Cancer Coalition of Mass. It opened in spring 2010 with a ribbon cutting ceremony viewable at

From the elevated corner of the plaza one has a great view of Faneuil Hall and the Custom House Tower as well as the adjoining Haymarket area, bustling on this sunny August Friday with produce vendors and shoppers.

A reminder that even the bleakest can be brought to life.



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