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Stop and Smell the Roses for Free on May 11 for National Public Gardens Day

A couple takes a stroll through the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Fla. Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Marketing and Communications Department
A couple takes a stroll through the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Fla. Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Marketing and Communications Department


New gardeners are used to learning by trowel and error, but they could glean a lot of wisdom from a visit to any of our national public gardens.

Sorry if my gardening jokes are too corny for you.

Anyways, you can visit participating gardens for free on May 11 for National Public Gardens Day!

The American Public Gardens Association started the event in 2009. Typically held the Friday before Mother’s Day, the event promotes the importance of botanical gardens, arboreta, zoos, historical gardens, and public gardens locally and globally.

Public gardens across the country will host events and activities for visitors, students and families to explore and support their local public gardens.

Find a participating garden near you, and enjoy frolicking in the flowers.

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder who gives money saving and debt payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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