When was the last time you truly stopped to smell the roses — or hug a tree or tiptoe through the tulips? If it’s been a while, now’s your chance because it’s almost National Public Gardens Day! 

National Public Gardens Day is the perfect time to celebrate the serene green grass and spaces that provide solace and beauty amidst our bustling lives. This annual May holiday is about the flora and fauna public gardens support, and also the stories they tell, the history they preserve, and the environmental awareness they foster. Let’s dig into the day’s origins, significance, and how you can celebrate.

What is National Public Gardens Day?

National Public Gardens Day highlights public gardens’ role in promoting environmental stewardship, education, and community engagement. It’s a day dedicated to appreciating and supporting these spaces, whose offerings go beyond just aesthetic appeal. Public gardens cultivate biodiversity, serve as research and conservation sites, and create a community for all ages.

When is National Public Gardens Day?

National Public Gardens Day is celebrated on the second Friday of May each year. In 2024, it will be celebrated on May 10th. The timing coincides with the blooming season of many plants and flowers in the U.S., encouraging us to appreciate the seasonal transition from spring to summer.

When Did National Public Gardens Day Start?

Congress officially recognized National Public Gardens Day as a holiday in 2010. Rain Bird® and the American Public Gardens Association created the day to foster a deeper connection between the public and green spaces. The celebration highlights public gardens’ role in conservation and education, making it a cornerstone event for environmental and horticultural enthusiasts.

How to Celebrate National Public Gardens Day

There are many ways to celebrate National Public Gardens Day, including:

Visit a Public Garden

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of a nearby public garden. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll, a photography session, or simply sitting and soaking in the surroundings, there’s no better way to celebrate than by being present in these vibrant ecosystems.

Attend a Special Event or Workshop

Many gardens host events or workshops on this day, ranging from guided tours to gardening workshops to conservation talks. These activities provide a unique opportunity to learn more about biodiversity, sustainability, and horticultural practices.

Volunteer at a Public Garden

Lend a hand and become part of the community that keeps these gardens flourishing. Volunteering provides a rewarding way to give back to these vital green spaces, including digging into gardening tasks or helping at events. 

Learn About Gardening

Use this day as an opportunity to expand your gardening knowledge. Public gardens, local community centers, and online resources offer classes and tutorials to help you start your own garden or improve your existing one.

Host a Garden Picnic

Celebrate the day with a picnic in your local public garden. It’s a great way to enjoy the scenery, disconnect from our devices, spend time with loved ones, and get out and about in your local community.

Donate to a Public Garden

It takes time, resources, and collective action to support public gardens — many of which are free for the community to enjoy. Monetary donations help with the upkeep, educational programs, and conservation efforts, ensuring these gardens thrive for future generations.

National Public Gardens Day FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about National Public Gardens Day.

Why Are Public Gardens Important?

Besides their beauty, public gardens provide ecological, educational, and therapeutic benefits to the surrounding community. They serve as a refuge for wildlife, help conserve plant species, and provide mental and physical health benefits for individuals. For example, a public garden is scenic for walking, jogging, or exercising.

Are Public Gardens Only for Plant Enthusiasts?

Absolutely not! Public gardens are designed for everyone to enjoy, regardless of their knowledge of plants. Visitors can participate in leisurely walks, picnics, or educational programs depending on their desired level of involvement.

How Can I Learn More About Public Gardens in My Area?

Many public gardens are members of the American Public Gardens Association, which provides a searchable database of the nation’s public gardens. You can also do a quick internet search or check your local tourism boards to discover these natural treasures.

How John Deere Can Help You Prepare for National Public Gardens Day

At John Deere, we’re committed to nurturing the land and ensuring public gardens remain a vibrant part of our communities. We offer a range of gardening equipment, technologies, and landscaping tools that support the maintenance and development of both public and private green spaces.

To learn more about how John Deere can help you cultivate your own oasis, visit our website.

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