the gardensMay 10th is National Public Gardens Day, a day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in our communities. All gardens, whether public gardens, botanical gardens, educational gardens, arboreta, farm gardens, historical landscapes, or zoos, will each participate in its own unique way.

Many will mark the day with free admission and special events for schools, families and thousands of visitors to explore and discover their local public garden, while learning about each garden’s commitment to education and environmental preservation.

New York City, like many urban jungles, has Public Gardens Day every day in the hundreds of the community gardens that exist throughout the city. These gardens are always free and though they technically belong to the parks department they are run entirely by people from their community and are required to open daily from May until November.

Find a participating public garden (free admission pass) or a community garden near you.