The official children’s book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “Make Way For Ducklings” by Robert McClosksy, tells the story of a pair of mallards looking for the right place to raise their clutch of fluffy ducks. They find it in the first commissioned public gardens in the Untied States, the Public Gardens in Boston; located just across Charles Street from Boston Commons. And why wouldn’t you want to raise your family here? Blazes of blooming floral color and arboreal greens decorate the tranquil space. It’s home to the Frog Pond, where you can cool off in the hot summer months or skate on in the winter. For more than 130 years, the Swan Boats have been offering up fun and romantic rides that are an essential part of the Boston experience. That mallard family was in good company as well; about 120 different avian species (including mallards) have been identified within the 24 acres.