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What is a Public Garden?

Public gardens are institutions that maintain collections of plants for the public education and enjoyment, in addition to research, conservation and higher learning. They must be open to the public with resources and accommodations made to all visitors. Local public gardens are wonderful places to connect with nature!

Examples of Public Gardens:

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Arboreta
  • Cemeteries
  • Zoological Gardens
  • Sculpture Gardens
  • College & University Campuses
  • Historic Homes
  • Urban Greening Organizations
  • Natural Areas
  • City, County, State, & Federal Parks
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Arboreta
  • Cemetaries
  • Zoological Gardens
  • Sculpture Gardens
  • College & University Campuses
  • Historic Homes
  • Urban Greening Organizations
  • Natural Areas
  • City, County, State, & Federal Parks

Featured Gardens

The Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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Mercer Botanic Gardens

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Blandy Experimental Farm

Ganna Walska Lotusland

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Botanical Garden

Who Should Visit a Public Garden?

You should! Public gardens are for everyone. The importance of public gardens cannot be overstated — they are great places to learn, play, spend some quiet and reflective time, exercise and explore with friends and family.

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What Public Gardens are Near Me?

Visit the Public Gardens Map on the American Public Gardens Association website to find public gardens near you!

Explore Public Gardens that Offer Virtual Tours

Interested in virtual exploration?  Visit and learn from public gardens across the country, right from your classroom or home.

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Mordecai Children's Garden

Tips for Having a Great Public Garden Adventure:

Head to your local public gardens for a great outdoor adventure. Take along your Plant Heroes field guides and see if you can identify different insects and plants in your garden. Your public gardens are open during all the seasons — make sure you wear the right clothes, like rain boots in the spring or a warm coat in the winter. You can even take a snack, but make sure you throw away your garbage!