BOSTON-The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is looking for support for the development of a garden on the Surface Artery. it would occupy four acres Downtown on land cleared by the Big Dig, which is relocating the Central Artery underground.

The Central Artery project is required by environmental certification to give the society this land for the development of a garden but the $70-million project has been criticized for lack of any funding plan. “The funding would come from private donors, corporations and public support,” John C. Peterson, the society’s president, tells “The opportunity to develop the parcels are in place but the resources are still in development.” The state, Peterson adds, has expressed interest in providing funding, but the amount it is willing to give is still unclear.

Charging admission to the garden has been prpposed as another wya of paying for the project. The garden, which would be open year-round, would include a six-story greenhouse filled with exotic plants, educational exhibits and open spaces.

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