After breaking ground in 2011, the restoration of City Hall’s landscape has steadily progressed. The final result will echo the Olmsted Brothers’ 1911 design. Last year, we removed overgrown evergreens and decided upon using seasonal plants to keep the landscape eye-catching year-round. The overall goal of the project is to emphasize the beautiful architecture of City Hall while simultaneously reducing maintenance. In doing so, onlookers will experience the historic nature of the building’s architecture.
New plantings of ornamental trees, shrubs, evergreens, and perennials include moonbeam tickseeds, Stella D’Oro day lilies, snowflake double-file viburnums, and Hameln fountain grass. Following hydro seeding, new grass has sprouted around the beds.
In regards to this project, many thanks are due to all those involved. We would like to acknowledge the Department of Planning and Development, the Parks Department, and Public Works for their efforts. We would also like to thank Sherry Frear of the Lowell National Historical Park for the landscaping expertise she provided.
Moving forward, we will be planting additional flower beds in the Ladd/Whitney Monument island and between City Hall and Arcand Drive to further enhance the grounds.