National Public Gardens Day – May 9, 2014

South Coast Botanic Garden Bridal Show

South Coast Botanic Garden – Flower Duet’s flowers at a bridal show from March 2014

It’s National Public Gardens Day! It’s a celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.

The History

In  2009 Rainbird and APGA announced their partnership to promote the first annual National Public Gardens Day, which was held on Friday, May 9, 2009. The event was a tremendous success, and a tradition was born.

The Mission

Today, this national day of recognition, presented by the American Public Gardens Association, celebrates the environmental stewardship of North America’s public gardens and their local, regional and national leadership in resourcing the nation’s conservation and environmental education needs.

National Public Gardens Day celebrates all public gardens, botanical gardens, educational gardens, specialty gardens, entertainment gardens, arboreta, farm gardens, historical landscapes and zoos, and each institution participates in their own unique way.

Huntington Library Cactus Garden

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino – Cactus Garden. Photo by: Kit Wertz

Many of the nation’s public gardens will mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families and thousands of visitors to explore and discover their local public garden, while learning about each garden’s commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship.

National Public Gardens Day takes place annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day, an unofficial start of spring and a time when the environment is top of mind for most of the public. This year, National Public Gardens Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Public gardens offer fun activities for families, couples and enthusiasts, providing a low-cost, entertaining and beautiful community outing as well as important resources, education and research on environmental stewardship and conservation.


Find out where to visit a garden near you on this wonderful day!

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