Adkins Arboretum Participates in National Public Gardens Day


Adkins Arboretum will celebrate the American Public Gardens Association's (APGA) second annual National Public Gardens Day with its 2010 Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend, this Friday through Sunday at the Arboretum in Ridgely.

National Public Gardens Day showcases the contributions of public gardens with special events and activities for visitors at many of the APGA's member institutions. The Arboretum's weekend events include a sale of the region's largest selection of native trees, shrubs, flowering perennials, grasses, ferns and vines. A members-only sale will be held Fri., May 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; new members are welcome. Public sale days are Sat. and Sun., May 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Founded in 1940, Delaware-based APGA is devoted to strengthening public gardens throughout North America. Its membership includes more than 500 public gardens in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and seven other countries.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. It is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and a founding member of the Maryland Public Gardens Consortium ( For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit"> or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.