It’s National Public Gardens Day!

Lilacs at Willowood Arboretum
A big shout-out goes to all of the folks who delight gardeners through their daily work at public gardens across the country and the benefactors who had the foresight to understand how important these spaces are to soothing the human spirit. Staff and volunteers will be working special events this Mother’s Day weekend, so take your Mom or your special lady to a public garden to enjoy the pleasures of spring flowers.

Here in Northwestern New Jersey, Willowood Arboretum celebrates Mother’s Day with tours of its lilac collection, light refreshments, and music. You can also purchase starts of some of their unusual lilacs.

While the more than 30 public gardens in the Philadelphia area offer perhaps the highest concentration of horticultural displays anywhere, there are public gardens in every state. If you don’t find a location at , use Google to search for “National Public Gardens Day” and your state name.


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