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With Gardner museum’s new wing, landscaping makes a statement

With fresh plantings, the museum grounds are treated like an art form.

THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM’S new wing certainly makes a horticultural statement. By moving the entrance from the Fenway traffic to quiet Evans Way and replacing the old fencing there with new trees, open lawn, and a working greenhouse, architect Renzo Piano has created a connection with Frederick Law Olmsted’s Evans Way Park across the street.

“One of Renzo Piano’s goals,’’ says Gardner director of operations James Labeck, “was to have green facing green.’’ The result feels almost pastoral.

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