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National Public Gardens Day at the NC Arboretum

ASHEVILLE NC – The North Carolina Arboretum will participate in National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11. The event celebrates all public gardens, arboreta, botanical gardens, educational gardens, specialty gardens, entertainment gardens, farm gardens, historical landscapes, and zoos with each institution participating in its own unique way.

Now in its fourth year, National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role their public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education. The day was created in partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird. The 2012 National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events at many of the more than 500 North American public gardens.

National Public Gardens Day is not only a great time for families and enthusiasts to enjoy the gardens, but the public also witnesses the achievements and expertise provided by public gardens, especially in the area of environmental stewardship. Regardless of their size, all public gardens share a common commitment to providing outreach programs aimed at engaging their communities and educating future generations on the irreplaceable value of plants.

As a participating public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum will waive the parking fee for those visitors who present the National Public Gardens Day coupon, which may be printed from the Better Homes and Gardens magazine website, www.bhg.com. The coupon is only valid for May 11, 2012. Coupons must be presented to receive free admission, and must be surrendered upon entry.

For more information, please call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

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