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National Public Gardens Day

May 8, 2012

This Friday, celebrate National Public Gardens Day by including a little extra green in your day. Take a nice walk through Boston’s own Public Garden during your lunch break or maybe plant your own private garden. Any garden – big or small – is worth celebrating!

The American Public Gardens Association in partnership with Rainbird developed National Public Gardens Day. They are committed to “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”

We’d like to take a moment to reiterate why we care so deeply about advocating for Boston’s green spaces. We are dedicated to establishing the importance of public gardens and greenery for both the environment and the Boston community. Together with our Rose Brigade, the recently renovated Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common, and our many tree and sculpture care volunteers, we constantly drive Boston’s efforts to care for these significant city spaces.

@JadedGardener’s photo of the Public Garden

Please join us in recognizing and celebrating the importance of public gardens. Here are a few things you can do in Massachusetts:

The New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, MA will have a special tour of their botanical garden called Garden in the Woods. To learn more about the event, click here

The Arnold Arboretum in Cambridge is having a National Public Gardens Day Celebratory Tour on Friday from 1:00-2:00pm. Learn about the importance of conservation, education and preservation of public gardens. Click here for more information

Visit the Botanic Garden of Smith College, which includes thousands of plants grown under glass in the Lyman Conservatory and outdoors in the campus arboretum. They offer group visits and guided tours. Call their number at 413-585-2742 or visit their website at www.smith.edu/garden.

All three gardens are participating in the Better Homes & Garden’s free admission program to celebrate this holiday!

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