KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In celebration of the Nation’s public gardens, leading home and lifestyle magazine Better Homes and Gardens is offering consumers a free admission pass to visit their local public gardens on Friday, May 11, 2012. The result of a partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider Rain Bird, National Public Gardens Day was created to further awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, and education, as well as serving as an inspiration to gardeners everywhere.
In support of a nationwide effort to motivate people to explore and learn more about their local public gardens, Better Homes and Gardens, an exclusive media partner for National Public Gardens Day, is offering a pass for two free adult admissions to participating public gardens on their website at www.bhg.com/npgd. Visitors can locate participating gardens in their area via the website and download free admission passes for two adults.
“Better Homes and Gardens helps readers to create beautiful outdoor spaces and gardens to enrich their homes and lives,” said Gayle Butler, editor in chief, Better Homes and Gardens. “Public gardens are a wonderful resource for further inspiration and we are excited to provide the opportunity for our readers to experience these national treasures firsthand.”
Many of the APGA’s 500 member institutions, including botanical gardens, arboreta, conservatories, educational gardens, museum gardens and historical gardens, will celebrate National Public Gardens Day with varied activities and events for schools, families and thousands of visitors. Activities will continue throughout Mother’s Day weekend so that visitors can enjoy the beauty of the gardens and learn about each garden’s commitment to environmental stewardship, education, research and to the communities they serve.
“Better Homes and Gardens has demonstrated tremendous support for public gardens through this offer,” said Casey Sclar, interim executive director of the American Public Gardens Association. “The readers of Better Homes and Gardens will now have the opportunity to spend a day at their local garden and witness how gardens educate and inspire garden-lovers who want to create their own beautiful gardens at home. Make sure to take advantage of these free passes and visit bhg.com.”
For more information on National Public Gardens Day, visit www.NationalPublicGardensDay.org, “LIKE” the National Public Gardens Day Facebook page and follow the National Public Gardens Day Twitter feed, @NPGD.
About Better Homes and Gardens
Reaching 40 million readers every month, the Better Homes and Gardens brand extends across the web, tablet, mobile, broadcast, broadband and numerous licensed products, serving and connecting women who are passionate about their homes and the lives they create there. Better Homes and Gardens inspires women to dream and gives them the confidence to move from dreaming to doing. For more information, visit bhg.com, or join conversations on facebook.com/mybhg and pinterest.com/bhg.
Founded in 1940, Pennsylvania-based American Public Gardens Association is an organization devoted to strengthening the public gardens throughout North America. With over 70 years of work increasing cooperation and awareness among the gardens, APGA has built a membership of more than 500 public gardens located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and seven other countries. Their members include public gardens as well as arboreta and zoos. APGA has also built up an international network of individual members in the U.S., Canada and 24 other countries. The APGA is committed to raising public awareness about public gardens and the important role that they play in their communities. APGA is committed to advancing public gardens as a force for positive change in their communities through leadership, advocacy and innovation. www.publicgardens.org
ABOUT RAIN BIRD
Headquartered in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. From simple beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird now offers the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes, available in more than 130 countries. Rain Bird has been awarded hundreds of patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird’s philosophy called The Intelligent Use of Water® is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world. www.rainbird.com.