Thursday, April 30, 2015

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia will Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on May 8, 2015

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens is proud to join the American Public Gardens Association and 550+ Public Gardens Nationwide In Celebrating an Annual Day of Awareness that Honors the Role Public Gardens Play in Promoting Plant and Water Conservation, Education and Environmental Leadership
Athens, GA 4/30/2015 – The annual tradition of celebrating public gardens on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend will continue this year on Friday, May 8, 2015 as the State Botanical Garden of Georgia joins communities throughout the United States in celebration of National Public Gardens Day. Presented by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), this annual day of awareness invites communities nationwide to explore the diverse beauty of their local green spaces and to take advantage of the conservation, education and environmental preservation resources public gardens provide.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia will be participating in National Public Gardens Day by offering:
-       live music and garden tours from noon to 1 pm in the Visitor Center & Conservatory
-       Tours of the Cecil B. Day Chapel from noon to 1 pm
-       free gift with purchase at the Garden Gift Shop (open 10 am to 4 pm)
-       free cookie with purchase at Donderos’ Kitchen (open 10 am to 4 pm)
-       drawing for season tickets for two to the Sunflower Concert Series (4 outdoor summer concerts) – enter at the front desk from 9 am to 4:30 pm – winner will be notified by 5 pm
The 2015 National Public Gardens Day will be celebrated by more than 550 North American botanic gardens, arboreta, museums, zoos and entertainment gardens with special events, tours and activities. National Public Gardens Day was created to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building sustainable environments through plant and water conservation, education and community engagement.
In celebration of botanical gardens, arboreta, conservatories, educational gardens and historical landscapes, many of the APGA’s 550+ member institutions will mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families, garden enthusiasts and other visitors. Many of the activities will continue through Mother’s Day weekend, offering visitors time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens while learning about each garden’s commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship.

For more information on National Public Gardens Day, visit or “LIKE” the National Public Gardens Day Facebook page.

A unit of the University of Georgia’s Office of Public Service and Outreach, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is one of the state’s most treasured resources, attracting more than 200,000 guests each year. “Not only does the State Botanical Garden attract visitors from all over the state and the country,” said Wilf Nicholls, Garden Director, “but it also has a truly international appeal. Just recently, Best Masters ranked our Garden 14th on its list of the 50 Most Stunning University Gardens and Arboretums in the world, and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

Founded in 1940, Pennsylvania-based American Public Gardens Association is an organization devoted to strengthening the public gardens throughout North America. With 75 years of work increasing cooperation and awareness among the gardens, APGA has built a membership of more than 550 public gardens located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and fourteen other countries. Their members include public gardens as well as arboreta and zoos. APGA has also built up an international network of individual members in the U.S., Canada and 24 other countries. The APGA is committed to increasing public awareness of public gardens, and to advancing public gardens as a force for positive change in their communities through leadership, advocacy and innovation.

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