In 2009, American Public Gardens Association had one goal in mind: to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility.
And so, together with then-partner Rain Bird, they founded National Public Gardens Day, a celebration that is still alive and well 10 years later.
On the East End, the day begins on Friday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. with a visit to Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, followed by an 11 a.m. tour at Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack. Horticulturist Holger Winenga will lead the final tour of the day at 2 p.m. at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.
“This annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens is designed to raise awareness of the important role botanical and arboreta institutions play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide,” according to a press release.
Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more information, call (631) 329-3568 or visit longhouse.org.