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Celebrate National Public Gardens Day

Daffodils at The Morton ArboretumEnjoy daffodils and National Public Gardens Day at The Morton Arboretum on May 9, 2014.
Public gardens such as The Morton Arboretum offer visitors beautiful landscapes, give gardeners information and inspiration, and create refuges for beauty in the midst of cities and suburbs.


National Public Gardens Day, which falls this year on Friday, May 9, is an annual opportunity to pause and celebrate these marvelous oases. And of course, the best way to celebrate public gardens is to visit one.

The Morton Arboretum is a special kind of public garden. “Arboretum” means “a place planted with trees” in Latin, and the goal of this public garden has always been to plant, protect and study trees.

It’s not only a place of beauty and a welcome to the natural world, but a museum for collections of living specimens that includes magnificent trees and other plants from around the globe. Some can be seen nowhere else in the area.

Here are some sights and events to enjoy on your visit to the Arboretum on National Public Gardens Day:


Garden Story Time at 11:00 a.m. in the Children’s Garden.


Acorn Express Adventures, a tram tour with stops to explore nature at 11:00 a.m.


The A-MAZE-ing Quest, which leads adventurers through the Maze Garden and beyond.


Beaks are Back, a Children’s Garden exploration of how birds use their beaks, every weekday.


Family Twilight Adventure, an evening program for families with hiking, educational activities about turtles, a marshmallow roast, and a silent tram ride after dark. The cost is $16 for members and $19 for nonmembers.  Arboretum admission is included.


Vanishing Acts, the Arboretum’s outdoor exhibit on endangered trees and how we can help preserve them.


And of course there will be bloom and color all through the Arboretum, especially in the Flowering Trees Collection (P-19), the Crabapple Collection (P-4) and Daffodil Glade (P-22).


National Public Gardens Day is sponsored by the American Public Gardens Association and the Rain Bird Corporation.