National Public Gardens Day - Free Admission!

by Heather

Take your kids on a fun, free homeschool field trip to a botanical garden near you and celebrate National Public Gardens Day.

National Public Gardens Day is always on the Friday before Mother's Day; the next one is on May 9, 2014. Public gardens, botanical gardens, educational gardens, specialty gardens, entertainment gardens, arboreta, farm gardens, historical landscapes, and zoos participate in their own unique way. Many host special events and activities for families, as well as people of all ages.

Better Homes and Gardens, one of the sponsors of National Public Gardens Day, is offering two free admission tickets, to some wonderful botanical gardens throughout the US.

The following gardens are participating in this free admission offer:

Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden
Adkins Arboretum
Alta Vista Gardens
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University
Atlanta History Center
Bartram's Garden
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens
The Botanic Garden at Kona Kai Resort
The Botanical Garden at Smith College
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Arboretum at California University of Pennsylvania
Callaway Gardens
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
Clark Gardens
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden
Cornell Plantations
The Crosby Arboretum
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Dawes Arboretum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Descanso Gardens
Desert Botanical Garden
The Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
Fairchild Tropic Botanic Garden
Fellows Riverside Garden, Mill Creek MetroParks
The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens
Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve
Fort Collins Botanical Garden, The Gardens on Spring Creek*
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Friends of the Des Moines Botanical Center
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Garden
The Gardens at SIUE
Garvan Woodland Gardens
Glen Burnie Gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park
Green Bay Botanical Garden
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Hahn Horticulture Garden
Heathcote Botanical Garden
Hidden Lake Gardens
Hofstra University Arboretum
The Holden Arboretum
Hoyt Arboretum Friends Foundation
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Idaho Botanical Garden
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Iowa Arboretum*
JC Raulston Arboretum
John C. Gifford Arboretum at the University of Miami
Kingwood Center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Lakes Park Botanic Garden
Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard
Lauritzen Gardens
Leach Botanical Garden
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The Living Desert
Lockerly Arboretum*
Longue Vue House and Gardens
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Milton Gardens of NW Florida
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Missouri Botanical Garden
Mobile Botanical Gardens
Montclair Foundation / Van Vleck House & Gardens
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
The Morton Arboretum
MUN Botanical Garden
New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods
The New York Botanical Garden
Norfolk Botanical Garden
The North Carolina Arboretum
North Carolina Botanical Garden*
Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum
Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Old City Cemetery
Oregon Garden
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Powell Gardens
Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Queens Botanical Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Reiman Gardens
Rockford Park District
Roscoe Village
Rotary Botanical Gardens
The Ruth Bancroft Garden
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Sarah P. Duke Gardens*
Sawtooth Botanical Garden*
The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Smithsonian Gardens*
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
Texas Discovery Gardens
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky
Tahono Chul Park
Toledo Botanical Garden
Tulsa Garden Center
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tyler Arboretum
The UC Botanical Garden
University of Idaho Arboretum & Botanical Garden
University of Illinois Arboretum
The Water Conservation Garden

To get your free admission tickets, visit the BHG website. This page will be updated prior to the annual event. You will see the final list of locations on the BNG online form under the "Select a garden near you" drop down menu.

Enjoy the homeschool savings and a fun, educational homeschool field trip!

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