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May 9 is National Public Gardens Day

Celebrate natural beauty at the Botanic Garden

May 2, 2014

The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden joins botanic gardens around the country to celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy complimentary admission to the Botanic Garden with a special coupon from the National Public Gardens Day website. Special activities and demonstrations highlight the role that public gardens play in conservation and environmental stewardship in our communities.

The BioPark’s horticulture staff from both the Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach will have displays and hands-on demonstrations for the public, and invite guests to bring their gardening questions. Other community partners join the celebration. ABC Libraries will have details about the summer reading program and their new Seed Library program. New Mexico Watercolor Society will offer a community painting project, and Urban Beekeeping and the Council of Garden Clubs will have booths.

“National Public Gardens Day is a good time to remember and celebrate that the Botanic Garden is really the public’s place,” says Tallie Segel, Education Coordinator. “You don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy plants and have them be part of your life - public gardens can fill that role!”

Some of the day’s activities will have special appeal for children and families. Guests can make koi kites in honor of Japan’s Children’s Day and make recycled notebooks with the BioPark’s Green Team. Education staff will also have seedlings for guests to take home. All activities and demonstrations will happen around the Garden’s Festival Green.

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.