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National Day Of Celebration on May 7 Showcased Botanic Gardens And Arboreta, Engaged Public And Garnered Support Of Elected Officials

AZUSA, CALIF. - (May 11, 2010) – More than 500 gardens and arboreta across the country celebrated the second annual National Public Gardens Day on May 7, 2010, to raise awareness of their important role in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, and education in their communities. Public gardens nationwide received support from traditional media (newspapers, magazines, radio and television), federal, state and local government officials, online bloggers, social media influencers, and the general public.

National Public Gardens Day was established by Rain Bird, the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, and the American Public Garden’s Association (APGA), a non-profit organization devoted to raising awareness of the nation’s public gardens, as a way to inform the public of the vital role public gardens play in plant and water conservation.

Every garden celebrated the day in a unique and engaging way. Many gardens distributed information on water and plant conservation, offered free admission, expanded their hours, and highlighted special plant and floral exhibits. The gardens also reached out to their communities to raise awareness about the day and their role in environmental stewardship.

Many state and local governments recognized the importance of National Public Gardens Day. The City of Philadelphia, the State of Florida and the State of Georgia all proclaimed National Public Gardens Day as an official day of recognition. Additionally, the Architect of the Capitol, the historic caretakers of the Nation’s landmark federal buildings, submitted a resolution in support of National Public Gardens Day to the U.S. Congress.

Senator Richard Durbin, (D-IL), commemorated National Public Gardens Day by expressing his enthusiastic support for public gardens in a public statement to the US Senate.

“There is a great thirst for the knowledge and experiences public gardens can provide,” Senator Durbin said. “People from all backgrounds, age groups, and geographic regions regularly share in the beauty and serenity of natural spaces such as our public gardens. We can rely on public gardens to deliver timely and critical resources for plant and water conservation, eco-system management, green space preservation, and environmental stewardship.”

Nationally, the program’s spokesperson Paul James of HGTV’s Gardening By The Yard produced a series of Public Service Announcements that brought attention to the important environmental role public gardens play in their local communities. Paul James also discussed the importance of public gardens with broadcast media around the country via satellite from the US Botanic Garden in Washington DC on May 6.

“I have always felt that America’s public gardens are a great source of inspiration and knowledge for homeowners to apply to their own residential landscapes,” said Paul James. “It is important to recognize that most public gardens are more than just beautiful places to spend an afternoon. They also play an increasingly important role in the advancement of environmental stewardship, education and plant and water conservation within the communities they serve.”

“As a founding partner of National Public Gardens Day, Rain Bird is thrilled about the support and collaboration we received in promoting National Public Gardens Day with the APGA and their member gardens,” said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird’s Director of Corporate Marketing. "Gardens and arboreta all over the country made an incredible effort to demonstrate plant conservation, environmental education, ecosystem management, species preservation and the efficient use of water. This event was a successful fit for Rain Bird’s Intelligent Use of Water philosophy and we look forward to celebrating these gardens again next year.”

Become a fan of National Public Gardens Day on Facebook and follow the National Public Gardens Day Twitter feed, @NPGD.

Based in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world. Rain Bird has been awarded more than 450 patents worldwide, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird and 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 assembly facilities in the United States, France, and Mexico

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