National Public Gardens Day
Friday, May 12, 2017

Celebrate by visiting the #1 Botanic Garden voted by USA Today Readers Choice! With paid admission for non-members ($15 for ages 16 and up, kids free) enjoy Spring in bloom--38,000 tulips in tropical citrus colors in beautiful bloom, plus fragrant lilacs, crabapple blossoms, native orchids and wildflowers. PLUS, a range of programs and activities for ages.

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Activities
1. "Flowers for Pollinators" mini-class plus free seeds!
Drop-in sessions run every 15 minutes. Experience a free, mini Arboretum adult education class for ages 14 and up! How to pick and grow pollinator-friendly plants. Limit 20 per session (every 15 minutes) Azalea Classroom (down the hall from the Visitor Center balcony)
2. Coloring pages for young artists, Great Hall.
3. 10:30 a.m.:Guided walking tour of Arboretum highlights, meet in Great Hall.
4. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., storytime in Reedy Gallery.
5. 10:45 a.m.: Tour of Arb Rock Garden by Rock Garden Society, meet in Great Hall.
5. 11 a.m. Talk with the Experts, David Remecal phD, Native orchids and endgangered plants scientist, Great Hall.
6. 11:30 a.m.Talk with the Experts, professor and author Mary Meyer, Top 10 Plants, Great Hall.
7. 11 -11:30 a.m., & 12:30-1 p.m.
Author Mary Meyer book signing: "10 Plants That Changed Minnesota, " Gift Store mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/ten-plants-changed-minnesota
 

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Drop-In Activities

1. Rock Garden info and tips, Great Hall
2. Spin the Garden Wheel and win prizes, Great Hall
3. Create your own Showy Lady's Slipper "Orchid-gami" to take home, Great Hall
4. Plant Maker Studio: Tomato Time, Learning Center
5."Let's Talk Plants," Master Gardener's Desk, ask questions about plants., Great Hall.
6. Self-guided three-themed scavenger hunt, pick up a map at membership or info desk in Great Hall.
Getting Around

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

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

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.

Cafe and Gift & Garden Store open

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.