Botanical gardens, arboretums, and other public green spaces can be a great place to learn about new plants and get landscaping ideas for your landscape. National Public Gardens Day is a great opportunity to visit your favorite -- or discover a new one.
National Public Gardens Day, which is the Friday before Mother's Day, is a day of awareness where communities across North America are invited to visit and learn about the important role that public gardens play in our lives.
May 6, this year's National Public Gardens Day, is an ideal time to get out and enjoy the beautiful display at your local botanical garden or arboretum and lean about its impact on your community.
For example, many gardens conduct research and aid in the discovery of new plant species or creation of new plant varieties. Your local garden may also play a valuable role in helping to protect endangered plants. Or it may offer outreach programs that allow you to take classes to learn more about gardening, landscaping, or other topics.
This year, the American Public Gardens Association and the Rainbird Corporation are helping make the day special by organizing events and activities at more than 500 gardens in the United States and Canada.
Locally, Dow Gardens in Midland hosts more than 100,000 visitors each year and currently has Magnolias and 8,000 daffodils in bloom. About 18,000 tulips and the largest collection of Rhododendrons in the Midwest are expected to bloom very soon.
Everyday is a Public Garden Day at Dow Gardens, said Marty McGuire, managing director of Dow Gardens, who went on to say that their annual admission passes are just $10 and are transferable to friends and family.