Each May, the American Public Gardening Association (APGA) designates the Friday before Motherís Day as National Public Gardens Day — ďa national day of celebration to raise awareness of Americaís public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide.Ē
This year, National Public Gardens Day is Friday, May 10, 2013. And if you, like me, always take advantage of your local botanic garden’s offerings, you might want to do something special to support them on this day.
Here are some ways to do that.
Take your friends and family to visit a garden for free. APGA is partnering with Better Homes and Gardens to offer a free admission pass, which is†good for two adults, to gardens participating in National Public Gardens Day.
Better yet, buy a membership to your local garden for your mother or another special mother in your life. Memberships support local garden clubs and horticultural societies, and they also†pay for special programs, classes and events. My local garden (the awesome South Coast Botanic Garden) and many others†offer reciprocal admission to dozens of other gardens by just showing your membership card.
Support your gardenís local plant sales and other events, like annual festivals. Not only will you be helping the garden, but you can pick up plants, flowers and trees that are healthier and better suited for your home garden than those found at local stores.
Volunteer your time. If you really want to make a difference, consider the many volunteer opportunities available at most gardens. These range from becoming a †docent leading both children and adults through the garden, to†propagating†plants. Being involved at this level will give you even greater access to the gardenís educational opportunities and resources.
To find a garden near you, the APGA has over 500 garden members listed on its site, in all 50 states and eight other countries. You can also see events scheduled for Public Gardens Day and throughout Motherís Day weekend.