Free admission National Public Gardens Day. Get free access to Chicago area and Midwest gardens.
When: Saturday, May 6
Many gardens will require you to show their garden coupon in order to get their special National Public Gardens Day offer. Don’t forget to bring the coupon with you on May 6. Locations here.
- Cantigny Park, 1 S. 151 Winfield Road,Wheaton IL60189
- Elmhurst College,19 0 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst IL 60126
- Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle IL 60532
Learn more about a searched garden by clicking on the garden’s name for a full profile description and features of the garden.
If you can’t get out to these locations don’t forget the following are always free:
About Free National Public Gardens Day
In celebration of botanical gardens, arboreta, conservatories, educational gardens and historical landscapes, many of the American Public Gardens Associations’s 590+ member institutions will mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families and thousands of visitors.
Many of the activities will continue through Mother’s Day weekend, offering you time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens while learning about each garden’s commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship.
The American Public Gardens Association is the leading professional organization for the field of public horticulture. We advance the field by encouraging best practices, offering educational and networking opportunities, and advocating on behalf of our members, our programs and public gardens worldwide. We work together with our members and others to strengthen and shape public horticulture, providing the tools and support industry professionals need to better serve the public while preserving and celebrating plants creatively and sustainably.
Since 1940, we have been committed to increasing cooperation and awareness among gardens. Our members include more than 585 institutions, spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and 24 countries. Our members include, but are not limited to, botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, museums, colleges and universities, display gardens, and research facilities.