The fifth annual National Public Gardens Day, held on May 10, 2013, is a national day of celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education and environmental preservation. Annually scheduled on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend, schools, families, garden enthusiasts and visitors are invited to visit public gardens in their local community for special events and activities.
A partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird, National Public Gardens Day showcased the contributions of public gardens with special events at many of the more than 500 North American public gardens.
In 2009, the Rain Bird-APGA partnership created the inaugural National Public Gardens Day on May 8. This nationwide event celebrated the more than 500 public gardens across North America for their role in educating the public on plant management and water conservation. Paul James served as the event's national spokesperson, participating in a series of TV PSAs and conducting interviews with media outlets across the country. Hundreds of gardens across the country staged special events throughout the Mother's Day weekend
To learn more about a public garden near you, visit www.publicgardens.org. Or visit Rain Bird’s YouTube channel to view the Rain Bird-APGA PSAs and other videos promoting The Intelligent Use of Water.