An unexpected burst of color in Boston, directly across from the main entrance to South Station! For two summers now, it's been impossible to miss when you take in Dewey Square... from pretty much any angle.
In 2013, what first grabbed the eye was a massive mural painted by the Brazilian artists known as Os Gemeos on the wall of the Dewey Square Air Intake Building. A towering yellow-skinned figure appeared to have been wedged into the space, its face swathed in a scarf like a Simpsons-esque graffiti artist protecting itself from the fumes of its own creation. Always billed as a temporary work, it is being replaced this autumn.
Whatever takes its place, as the eye adjusts to the art, it trails across the green space below. One of the smallest parks on Boston's Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, the Dewey Demonstration Gardens are fittingly described as "visually lively" all year round. The relatively narrow park is dominated by a welcoming lawn, but a greater fertility is arrestingly (and, in season, aromatically) displayed by a series of small theme gardens. Here can be found pollinator plants, edible flora (including typical household garden greens and vegetables), a rain garden of native northeastern plants, and an area set aside for urban composting.
At lunch, the garden's appeal extends to workers carrying brown-bag meals from the nearby food-truck hub and not just the Green and Grow Apprentices, budding horticulturalists and sustainability mavens it targets.