Get Outdoors: National Public Gardens Day offers free admission!



McKee Gardens Pavilion (credit: McKee Gardens)

McKee Gardens Pavilion (credit: McKee Gardens)


Florida Travel Guide: Free Admission on National Public Gardens Day

Each year, National Public Gardens Day kickstarts the Mother’s Day weekend and offers an opportunity for a special outing with Mom. Throughout the country, participating gardens offer free admission all with the hope to encourage an appreciation for the environment and gardens. In Florida, there are certain botanical gardens that offer free admission on mother’s day and many of them extend today’s offering to mothers on Sunday as well. If you’re celebrating Mom early, take her to a public garden today.

Why a garden?

Aside from being a place of beauty, gardens make a great effort to foster environmental stewardship and education. Some gardens, such as Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota, conduct important research, while others assist in creating new plant varieites or discovering new plants. Gardens also protect endangered plants and offer outreach programs that include gardening and landscaping classes.

Activities and Events

If a Florida garden is participating in National Public Gardens Day,  they may have special events and activities, so call around to see which garden has something of interest for you.

A Public Garden or Arboretum?

It’s a broad definition for what a public garden actually is and there can be some disagreement among gardeners and horticulturists. According to the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), following are included in their definition:

  • botanical gardens
  • specialty gardens
  • educational gardens
  • arboreta
  • entertainment gardens
  • farm and historical gardens
  • zoos

Gardens Participating in Florida

Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales, FL 33853

Naples Botanical Garden
4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112

Tell us…

Do you prefer an arboretum or a botanical garden?