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!