April 24, 2015
The Swan Boats are a family business. It has been that way since its start in 1877. For close to 140 years, members of the Paget family have preserved this Boston tradition and operated the boats that glide along the Public Garden lagoon from April through September.
In the early 1970s, Henry Lee created the Friends of the Public Garden in response to a growing need to provide additional resources to protect and steward Boston’s first public parks. The Friends began their work partnering with the Parks Department to restore the Garden (and later the Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall) to its original beauty and grace.
This photo of Lyn Paget (center) with her Dad, Paul (left) and Henry Lee (right) was taken on opening day, April 18th. Lyn grew up in a business her Mom and Dad operated in a botanical garden that Henry dedicated decades of volunteer work to protect and nurture. It’s current state of historically preserved beauty and enjoyment for all ages is in no small part due to the work and commitment of these two fine gentlemen.
Thank you Paul and Henry for all you have done for all of us, and for the spirit of our beautiful City.