National Public Gardens Day
Friday, May 12, 2017

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 12, by visiting Minnesota's premiere public garden, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. With paid admission, get a voucher for a free return visit within 60 days. Come back to see the Arb's summer exhibit, gardens in full bloom and fun events for all ages!

Tentative schedule of events:

All day

  • Special StoryTimes for the young and young-at-heart
  • Guided Walks

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Award-Winning Annual Flower Mini-Class PLUS Free Seeds!
Friday, May 12, drop-in sessions run every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or until supplies run out
Drop in and experience a free, mini Arboretum adult education class for ages 14 and up! In just ten minutes you'll learn the importance of pollinators, the best annual flowers for pollinators in Minnesota, and how to grow them. You'll leave with free seeds of the winning annual flower from the 2016 Master Gardener Pollinator Seed Trial and an excitement to learn more at the Arboretum. Limit 20 per session (every 15 minutes), Azalea Classroom (down the hall from the Visitor Center balcony)

Plus! Meet the author and book-signing. Meet Mary Meyer, PhD, author of 10 Plants that Changed Minnesota: mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/ten-plants-changed-minnesota. Teaching Classroom (down the hall from the Visitor Center balcony)

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Prize wheel in the Great Hall--spin for a chance to win!
  • "Plant-Maker Studio" in the Great Hall: Tomato Time
  • "Let's Talk Plants Q&A" at the Master Gardener's Desk in the Great Hall

10:30 a.m.

  • "Let's Talk Plants" Arboretum Highlights Walking Tour

Background
Now in its ninth year, National Public Gardens Day celebrates the vital role public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education.  More than 500 North American public gardens are participating in this special day, which was initiated by the American Public Gardens Association in partnership with NPGD official sponsor Rain Bird irrigation products. 

"National Public Gardens Day is a great time for families and enthusiasts to enjoy the Arboretum gardens and learn about our educational outreach and research efforts," said Ed Schneider, Arboretum director. "Our mission is to engage and educate the public on the irreplaceable value of plants."