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Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday

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Learn about gardening and conservation at the Botanic Garden.

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday

Iris blooming at the Rio Grande Heritage Farm. Photo by Jon Stewart/ABQ BioPark.

May 7, 2013

On Friday, May 10 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden will celebrate National Public Gardens Day with activities and demonstrations. On Friday, guests can enjoy free admission to the Botanic Garden with a special coupon from the Better Homes and Gardens website.

"The Botanic Garden is beautiful right now, and in addition to lots of blooms and green, we'll have a wonderful line-up of special activities for Friday," said Tallie Segel, Botanic Garden Education Coordinator. "Guests can talk with our staff and community partners to learn strategies for successful gardening here in Albuquerque, get hands-on with a variety of demonstrations and crafts, and find tips for enjoying the wildlife that gardens attract."

Many community partners will join the celebration, including the New Mexico Watercolor Society, ABC Libraries, Bernalillo County Extension Service, Wings of Enchantment, Albuquerque Bonsai Club, New Mexico Garden Railroad Club, Urban Beekeeping, and American Herbalist Guild. Representatives from the Santa Fe Botanical Garden will share plans for the new facility scheduled to open this summer.

Visitors of all ages can participate in the programs and activities: create koi kites, make Mother's Day cards on home-made seed paper, learn about creating "Scentsational Gardens" and backyard medicine chests,  practice building Japanese bamboo fences, discover how to garden for pollinators, meet plants perfect for Southwest landscapes and go bird watching. Visitors can learn about "The Zoo as a Garden, Too," hear about new upcoming exhibits at the Botanic Garden and see how the entire BioPark stays committed to its conservation mission. Guided tours of the Garden will also be available.

Albuquerque's jewel of a public garden is nestled next to the Rio Grande and features one-and-one-half miles of paths that take visitors from beautifully designed conservatories to the Children's Fantasy Garden, Sasebo Japanese Garden, Heritage Farm, Railroad Garden and the ever-popular PNM Butterfly Pavilion, which opens May 24.

National Public Gardens Day is led by the American Public Gardens Association and irrigation provider Rain Bird. The annual event raises awareness of the important role botanic gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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