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Celebrate 2016 National Public Gardens Day At The Morton Arboretum

Public gardens play key roles as leaders in conservation.
May 2, 2016

Friday, May 6 is National Public Gardens Day, a chance to recognize the country’s public gardens and the key role they play in bringing awareness and support to important scientific and environmental research, conservation and education. To celebrate, The Morton Arboretum is offering reduced admission to all visitors all day long on May 6—$9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for youth age 2-17—and the opportunity to take part in fun and educational events highlighting the importance of public gardens, including:

Ground Cover Garden Nature Walk
10 a.m.  
Our Ground Cover Garden features more than 350 different plants. Explore those that grow alongside the winding pathways of the garden, including seasonal highlights like the Virginia bluebells of spring. This tour and others throughout National Public Gardens Day provide a rare opportunity to learn about the Arboretum’s grounds from the expert horticulturists who plant and maintain our beautiful landscapes. 

Wheel of Curiosi-trees
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
Spin our wheel and answer a “tree-via” question to receive a special prize.

Acorn Express Adventures
11 a.m. 
Hop aboard our tram to explore the grounds and make a craft in this family-friendly offering. 

Garden Story Time
11 a.m. 
Visit the Children’s Garden to hear a nature story told aloud.

Frogtastic Play
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Enjoy frog-themed activities and imaginative play time during this drop-in activity in the Children’s Garden.

Tour of Arbor Court and Meadow Lake
Join a horticulturist-led tour through the Arboretum’s courtyard featuring lush container gardens. Then head to Meadow Lake, which is encircled by colorful native plants and trees. 

Children’s Garden Tour
1 p.m.  
Learn about the trees and plants that fill the Children’s Garden from an Arboretum expert.  Discover the perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses that beautify the four-acre space and would be right at home in a backyard garden. 

Ribbit! The Exhibit
7 a.m. to sunset 
Explore a collection of 23 larger-than-life copper frog sculptures enjoying a variety of activities, including playing instruments, catching butterflies, and meditating. Look for these sculptures along pathways within walking distance of the Visitor Center.

Visitors can also celebrate National Public Gardens Day by taking in all the bloom and color throughout the Arboretum, especially in the Flowering Trees Collection, the Crabapple Collection and Daffodil Glade. All offerings, with the exception of Acorn Express Adventures, are free with Arboretum admission. National Public Gardens Day is sponsored by the American Public Gardens Association.

About National Public Gardens Day
In celebration of botanical gardens, arboreta, conservatories, educational gardens and historical landscapes, many of the American Public Gardens Association’s 590+ member institutions will mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families and thousands of visitors.