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Communities Nationwide Rally To Support America’s Botanic Gardens and Arboreta on National Public Gardens Day, May 11 2012

The Fourth Annual National Public Gardens Day, Presented In Partnership By The American Public Gardens Association And Rain Bird, Receives National Support For The More Than 500 Public Gardens in North America

AZUSA, CALIF. - (May 9, 2012) – Created as a national day of awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education and environmental preservation, by presenting partners the American Public Gardens Association and irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird, the fourth annual National Public Gardens Day, scheduled for May 11, 2012, is gaining widespread support from local communities and elected officials through events, celebrations and honors.

More than 150 communities have scheduled public events nationwide, including gardens in Los Angeles, Calif., Philadelphia, Pa., Chapel Hill, N.C., Miami, Fla, Minneapolis, Minn. and Albuquerque, N.M. Community celebrations also include a citywide collaboration in Santa Barbara, Calif., where city parks, botanic gardens and arboreta and city, state and federal officials are participating with a series of events and activities. Nine Portland, Ore. gardens are collaborating in a communitywide event as well, supported by local businesses and organizations dedicated to recognizing their local treasures.

Elected officials are also publicly acknowledging National Public Gardens Day with commendations and proclamations in their local communities, including U.S. Congresswoman Lois Capps, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, and Santa Barbara Mayor Helen Schneider.

“When we originally partnered with the APGA to create National Public Gardens Day, our hope was that awareness would spread and local communities and gardens would make it their own,” said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird’s director of corporate marketing. “There is universal support for public gardens and we are proud to be able to shine light on the important work they do for preserving green spaces and conserving water.”

Nationally, participating gardens are offering free admission on National Public Gardens Day through a voucher offered by Better Homes and Gardens at Additionally, spokesperson Gardener Guy™ Paul James will be visiting Philadelphia, Pa., Chapel Hill, N.C., and Washington D.C. this week speaking to the public and media about the importance of public gardens. The public can also support National Public Gardens Day by submitting photos they took of their local garden to the National Public Gardens Day Photo Contest.

Many of the APGA’s 500 member institutions have marked the day with special events and activities for visitors and many activities will continue through Mother’s Day weekend. For more information on National Public Gardens Day, visit, “LIKE” the National Public Gardens Day Facebook page and follow the National Public Gardens Day Twitter feed, @NPGD.

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 over 450 patents worldwide, 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.

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 increasing public awareness of public gardens, and to advancing public gardens as a force for positive change in their communities through leadership, advocacy and innovation.

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