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Garden in the Woods opens new family area

Posted by John Swinconeck  May 8, 2013 02:03 PM

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New England Wild Flower Society will celebrate the grand opening of its new family activity area at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, in support of the fifth annual National Public Gardens Day, presented by the American Public Gardens Association and Rain Bird Corporation.

The event, which falls on the Friday before Mother’s Day, invites nature enthusiasts, families and communities to enjoy outings at local green spaces while promoting the role of public gardens in education and environmental preservation, according to a press release.

New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods botanic garden features a collection of rare and common plants native to New England and throughout North America, featuring more than 1,400 plant species, including rare and endangered native specimens.

The family activity area , which will open on National Public Gardens Day, features a habitat wall, critter cottages, tree forts and more for local families to explore.

“We are very excited to celebrate National Public Gardens Day,” said Debbi Edelstein, executive director, New England Wild Flower Society in a statement. “Every year National Public Gardens day offers a great opportunity to showcase our garden at the height of spring bloom. This year we’re delighted to focus on the next generation, as families can enjoy the wonders of the garden and be the first to explore the family activity area.”

“It is inspiring to see a world-class garden such as this celebrate National Public Gardens Day,” said Rain Bird spokesman Dave Johnson in a prepared statement. “Their work is a perfect demonstration of why it is so important to create national awareness about the important role these institutions play as a community resource.”

Garden in the Woods is located at 180 Hemenway Rd. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 seniors aged 65 and above, and $5 for youth aged 3-17. Members and children under 3 are free.

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