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Free admission to a public garden

National Public Gardens Day is May 6, 2011. This national day is an opportunity to raise awareness of public gardens in the United States and the impact these gardens have on local communities. Grab your family or friends and visit a botanical garden, arboretum, or other public garden on this third annual National Public Gardens Day.

Visit the Desert Botanical Garden on National Public Gardens Day

National Public Gardens Day is the Friday before Mother's Day, making it an ideal occasion to enjoy the spring blooms (and gorgeous weather) with loved ones. This annual celebration is an educational opportunity to learn about the environmental preservation efforts advocated by public gardens. For example, many public gardens conduct research on different plant species, are committed to community education, and act as environmental stewards both locally and nationally. A public garden can also offer lessons about local native plant species, water conservation, and organic gardening methods.

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Free admission to public gardens

Better Homes and Gardens is offering free admission to local gardens in celebration of National Public Gardens Day. Visit www.bhg.com to register for free admission.

Gardens to visit on National Public Gardens Day:

Smithsonian Garden (Washington, DC)

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, New York)

Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix, Arizona)

San Diego Botanical Garden (Encinitas, California)

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers (San Francisco, California)

Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver, Colorado)

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, Missouri)

Chicago Botanic Garden (Chicago, Illinois)

Reiman Gardens (Ames, Iowa)

Morris Arboretum (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

For more information on National Public Garden Day or to find a garden near you, visit www.nationalpublicgardensday.org.

PHOTO CREDIT: Desert Botanical Garden, Ottosen Entry Garden

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