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National Public Gardens Week Toolbox

Be A Part of Something Greater
National Public Gardens Week
May 8-17, 2020


Event Ideas:  Visit | Volunteer | Value

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Sample 2019 Events List from Sherman Library and Gardens: click here.

Participating in National Public Gardens Week is quick and easy - simply register your Garden on the National Public Gardens Week website. Your garden will then appear in orange on the National Public Gardens Week map.

The website will also allow you to create special offers for your patrons. You can link directly to your garden's website for ticketed events and more information.

There is no requirement that your garden make any special offer. We encourage you to post any events you have going on during the Week to simply remind people to visit on National Public Gardens Week.

There's no wrong way to do it, except to not do it!

Enjoy the health benefits of forests and host a nature walk or forest bathing.

Engage audiences of all ages on a plant and tree identification arboretum stroll, urban forest, or natural lands walk. The research shows that benefits include stress reduction, improved mental health, increased happiness, resilience, and social cohesion. Consider this your guests’ Rx!

Give a talk on the importance of trees and how public gardens are safeguarding their genetic diversity. Invite a staff member or special guest speaker from a local or state native plant society or an ecologist from a nearby university.

Your Local State or Community Forester will welcome the invitation!
Inspire your guests to go outside to look for a rare native tree or simply enjoy the biodiversity of plants.


Grab your field guides and go on a scouting adventure! Host a family friendly exploration for young Plant Heroes and inspire learning through a hands-on approach to protecting plants.

Order FREE Plant Heroes materials from the Plant Protection Store by April 24 and have them in time for National Public Gardens Week Activities! 

You can also find school group curriculum and activities to use anytime of the year. 

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

If you have events related to climate change, let us know how Every Day is Earth Day and check the box on the event sign up form.

The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

A large number of events - from exhibitions, to cultural performances, contests, panel discussions and conferences – are taking place across the world to mark the International Year of Plant Health 2020. If your National Public Garden Week events align with IYPH, check the box on the event sign up form.