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Parsons School Gardens, 1903
Looking toward Pond Ave., Allerton St. is on the right. The gardens were part of a town-wide program to enhance the learning experience of students. As with the Lincoln and Sewall schools, the gardens were planted on land loaned by private landowners. In this case, the land was loaned by the Brookline Riverdale Land Association.

In a serendipitous coincidence, the photo includes the only known view of a street-sprinkling wagon being filled with water. The cart was operated by Chester W. Reed who had a contract with the town to water the dirt roads. The water-feeder pole can be viewed by the middle section of the wagon.

[Courtesy of the Digital Commonwealth (CC BY-NC-ND). From the Brookline Photograph Collection published by the Public Library of Brookline]