Peace symbol of flowers blooms at pond

May 10, 2013
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The peace symbol composed of daffodils at Jamaica Pond Park on April 26. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

The peace symbol composed of daffodils at Jamaica Pond Park on April 26. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

PONDSIDE—Call it peace on Earth.

Daffodil flowers planted in the shape of a peace symbol are blooming bright yellow on an embankment at Jamaica Pond Park in an unofficial, guerrilla landscaping. Next to the peace symbol is what appears to be a yin-yang symbol of white and red tulips that did not grow in so well and may have been damaged.

The flowery symbols are on the hillside popular for wintertime sledding near Pinebank Field at the Jamaicaway and Perkins Street. Their position makes them obvious to anyone walking or biking on the path nearby.

They appeared approximately three weeks ago, resident and frequent park-goer Sandy Huckleberry told the Gazette.

It is unknown who planted them. A person using an email address associated with a Cambridge landscaping company posted messages on the Gazette’s website appearing to take credit for the symbols, but did not respond to Gazette questions.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department did not plant the flowers, and also will not remove them, spokesperson Jacque Goddard told the Gazette.

“Both symbols will be permitted to remain,” Goddard said in an email. “Our employees will work around the [flowers] until they bloom no longer.”

Huckleberry said the Gazette the flowers are a welcome addition to the park.

“I don’t know who did it, but I just love seeing the blossoms on my way to my walk around the pond every morning,” Huckleberry said in an email. “Many thanks to the anonymous prankster!”

 

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