Now in its third year, National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role their public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education. The day was created in partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird. The 2011 National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events at many of the more than 500 North American public gardens.
"National Public Gardens Day is not only a great time for families and enthusiasts to enjoy the gardens, but the public also witnesses the achievements and expertise provided by public gardens, especially in the area of environmental stewardship,” said Dan Stark, executive director of the APGA. “Regardless of their size, all public gardens share a common commitment to providing outreach programs aimed at engaging their communities and educating future generations on the irreplaceable value of plants.”
As a participating public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum will waive the parking fee for those visitors who present the National Public Gardens Day coupon, which may be printed from the Better Homes and Gardens magazine Web site, www.bhg.com/gardening/celebrate-national-public-gardens-day/. The coupon is only valid for May 6, 2011 and does not include admission to Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations, the Arboretum’s traveling exhibit on display through May 15. Coupons must be surrendered upon entry.
The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants. For more information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.
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