Annual Garden

National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 11

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Arboretum! With paid admission for non-members ($15 for ages 16 and up, free 15 and under), enjoy the Stars of Spring – the 38,000 tulips displayed shine like diamonds in colors of blue, silvery white, lavender, violet and a complement of pink, throughout 10 garden beds. Colors inspired by the 60th anniversary!

Outdoor exhibit Origami in the Garden is unfolding spring, summer and fall. Features 40 metal sculptures by artists Kevin and Jennifer Box in collaboration with other artists.

Schedule of Events

10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Great Hall

  • “Plant Maker Studio”: Milkweed for Monarchs
  • Create your own Showy Lady’s Slipper “Orchid-gami” to take home and talk with orchid expert, David Remucal
  • “Let’s Talk Plants Q & A at the Master Gardener’s Desk
  • Make your own origami art project

10:30 a.m.

  • Storytime with Rachel, Carlson Dining Room near the Café
  • “Let’s Talk Plants” Arboretum Highlights Walking Tour

Getting Around

Beeline Shuttle, hop on, hop off rides into the heart of the Arb, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with stops at Home Demo Gardens, Harrison Sculpture Garden, Bee Center, Maze Garden and Ordway Picnic Shelter.

Guided Tram tour along Three-Mile Drive, $5 per person, purchase tickets at the info desk in the Great Hall.


Now in its tenth year, National Public Gardens Day was created with then partners Rain Bird, to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement, sustainable practices and conservation. More than 500 North American public gardens are participating in the special day.

Arboretum 60th Anniversary