Monday, May 2, 2011

Stop and Smell the Flowers on National Public Gardens Day

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

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Everything from beans to lucky pennies to sunscreen gets a day of observance. But public gardens should be celebrated. They play an important role in not only providing flora-filled places to gather, but in educating communities about native plants, water conservation and more.

Idaho Botanical Garden will celebrate National Public Gardens Day—Friday, May 6—by opening the gates to (you guessed it) the public and waiving the admission fee for the day. And at 11:30 a.m., IBG will hold an opening ceremony for its new Water Conservation Landscape, an "attractive, low-water landscape that people can emulate at home."

IBG is the perfect place for wandering, but if you want something more organized, guided tours will leave from the Welcome Area at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to show visitors areas including the Western Waterwise Garden, the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden and the Foothills Native Plant Garden.

For more information, visit idahobotanicalgarden.org.

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