Friday, May 12 is National Public Gardens Day, a chance to celebrate our nation’s public gardens and the role they play in creating awareness and support for critical scientific and environmental research, conservation and education. To celebrate National Public Gardens Day, The Morton Arboretum is offering reduced admission to all visitors all day long on May 12: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for youth age 2-17.
Visitors can also join in on fun and educational events highlighting the importance of public gardens, including:
Ground Cover Garden Walk
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 Curios-trees
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Try your hand at some tree-via questions for the chance to win a prize.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get expert tree and plant advice at the Arboretum’s Plant Clinic. Trained staff and volunteers are available to help with tree and plant selection, identifying and coping with pests and diseases, and other concerns.
Acorn Express Adventures
Hop aboard our tram to explore the grounds and make a craft in this family-friendly offering.
Garden Story Time
Visit the Children’s Garden to hear a nature story told aloud.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Can you guess what our tadpoles turn into? Children can check out pictures of toads, learn fun facts and make a fun craft in this self-guided, hands-on discovery activity.
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.
Tour of the Children’s Garden
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.
5:30 p.m. to sunset
Enjoy the Arboretum’s nine miles of roads free of cars.
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
National Public Gardens Day was created in 2008 to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement, sustainable practices, and conversation. This annual tradition of celebrating public gardens historically takes place on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend each year. The intent is to raise awareness of public gardens and the important role they play in their communities and on a global scale.