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5 Ways to Celebrate Public Gardens Day

5 Ways to Celebrate Public Gardens Day

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.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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2:30AM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

congratulations guys, quality information you have given!!! Click for Hold Tight Films

9:42AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

A walk through any garden is very refreshing, inspiring and leaves one with that calm and peaceful feeling. Thank you.

4:34AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

11:19PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thank you!

11:19PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thank you!

6:25PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Like It

12:23PM PDT on May 16, 2013

Gardens are...heavenly!...

11:25AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Great article. Remember too that gardens change through the year - so visit again!

3:56AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thanks for posting.

8:35PM PDT on May 10, 2013

I missed it this year, but I won't next year. Thank you for the post!

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