National Public Gardens Day is an annual 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.
After partnering together for a number of years on the release of water conservation Public Service Announcements, Rain Bird Corporation, a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, and the non-profit American Public Gardens Association (APGA) decided to take it to another level in order to raise public awareness on the conservation and education efforts of the nation’s public gardens. In early 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.
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.
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.