Happy National Public Gardens Day, everyone! According to their website, “National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.” Tyler Arboretum joined in the celebration by having festivities for kids and free admission to visitors. I decided to make a quick trip over to Tyler to check out their events, and I was pleased to see so many school buses and vans taking advantage of bringing kids out on this warm day.
My photos below capture some of the fun and excitement for the kids. I also continued walking around and met up with the Rhododendron Stroll led by Jerry O’Dell, Tyler’s Rhododendron Gardener. He said that in one week, the rhododendrons should be in bloom – maybe I’ll come back next Friday at 10AM to join this free program!
National Public Gardens Day takes place annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day, an unofficial start of spring. Mark your calendars now for next year’s event on Friday, May 8, 2015!