National Public Gardens Day

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National Public Gardens Day
Observed by North America
Type Cultural
Significance Celebrate and Recognize Botanic Gardens, Arboreta, and Public Gardens
Celebrations Over 500 gardens throughout North America
Date Friday before Mother's Day (second Sunday in May)
2016 date May 6
2017 date May 12
2018 date May 11
2019 date May 10
Frequency annual

National Public Gardens Day, occurring annually on the Friday before Mother's Day, is a day to promote awareness of botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, historic gardens, or any of North America's public gardens. The day was established by the American Public Gardens Association, a Pennsylvania non-profit organization that supports, resources and promotes public gardens in North America, in partnership with their sponsor, Rain Bird.[1] The national spokesperson for National Public Gardens Day is Paul James, host of HGTV's Gardening By The Yard.

Created in 2009, as a way to increase public awareness of the educational resources public gardens provide to local communities, National Public Gardens Day was adopted by the members of the American Public Gardens Association, to highlight programs such as plant conservation, water conservation, the preservation of green spaces, and home gardening.


Members of the American Public Gardens Association celebrated National Public Gardens Day beginning in 2009 with activities that varied by garden. The Atlanta Botanical Garden invited visitors to bring flowers, so that they could be put into arrangements for patients and their families at Children's Hospital[2] The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, asked visitors to pledge to conserve water, displaying 400 five-gallon water containers that pledgers could adopt.[3] National spokesperson Paul James visited media gardens, speaking with the public and media about the role public gardens play in the local community.[4]

In 2010, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the importance of recognizing National Public Gardens Day, listing the US Botanic Garden and gardens in Illinois as examples.[5]


National Public Gardens Day was recognized in both 2009 and 2010 by various levels of government:


  1. ^ The American Public Gardens Association, American Public Gardens Association to Designate May 7, 2010 as the Second Annual National Public Gardens Day, APGA Press Release, 2010.
  2. ^ Atlanta On The Cheap. "50% off Admission to the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Friday & Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour this Weekend", [1].
  3. ^ ABC 15. "Desert Botanical Garden joins National Public Gardens Day."
  4. ^ LaCrosse Tribune. "Don't Overlook Public Gardens." [2].
  5. ^ Congressional Record S3353. Recognizing National Public Gardens Day. May 6, 2010.
  6. ^ The Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, The City of Philadelphia, National Public Gardens Day Proclamation," May 8, 2009.
  7. ^ The Office of Mayor Tom Leppert, The City of Dallas, "National Public Gardens Day Proclamation," May 8, 2009.
  8. ^ Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  9. ^ The Office of the Governor, Jack A. Markell, The State of Delaware, "National Public Gardens Day Proclamation," May 8, 2009.
  10. ^ The Office of the Town Manager, The Town of Framingham, "National Public Gardens Day Proclamation," May 8, 2009.
  11. ^ State Assembly Member Adams, California State Assembly, "House Resolution #13", May 8. 2009.
  12. ^ The Office of Governor Arnold Swcharzenegger, The State of California, "Commendation of National Public Gardens Day," May 8, 2009.
  13. ^ The Florida State Senate, Senate 2816: Relating to National Public Gardens Day, 2010.
  14. ^ The Architect of the Capital, Resolution for National Public Gardens Day, US Congress, 2010.

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