McCrory Gardens celebrates National Public Gardens Day May 17

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – The annual tradition of celebrating public gardens will be observed by McCrory Gardens on May 17. McCrory Gardens is proud to join the American Public Gardens Association and 500-plus public gardens nationwide in celebrating the Sixth Annual National Public Gardens Day.

“National Public Gardens Day is a day of awareness that honors the role public gardens play in promoting plant and water conservation, education and environmental leadership,” said David Graper, Director of McCrory Gardens & SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist.

This year McCrory Gardens is observing this special day on a Saturday, a week later than the official date, to provide a greater opportunity for families with children in school and working parents to be able to come out to McCrory and enjoy the day.

National Public Gardens Day is presented by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and invites communities nationwide to explore the diverse beauty of their local green spaces and to take advantage of the conservation, education and environmental preservation resources public gardens provide.

To celebrate this national holiday, McCrory Gardens will be offering free tours of the gardens, bird watching walks, maple syrup tasting, educational programs, 20 percent gift shop discounts and offer special premiums for new or renewing members of the Friends of McCrory Gardens. Child-friendly activities will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check our website for a more detailed listing of tour times and activities at

“Public gardens are crucial in connecting people and plants through education, discovery, research and enjoyment of the natural and designed landscape,” Graper said. “This is our mission at McCrory Gardens.”

The 2014 National Public Gardens Day will be celebrated by more than 500 North American botanic gardens, arboreta, museums, zoos and entertainment gardens with special events, tours and activities. For more information, their website is