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National Public Gardens Day Highlighted in Daily Local News

Mt. Cuba, Welkinweir, Longwood Participate in National Public Gardens Day

By Monica Thompson Fragale, For Digital First Media

National Public Gardens Day will showcase local public gardens and those throughout the nation on May 8.

“They are valuable resources for the public, and National Public Gardens Day is meant to celebrate these resources and the great network that exists among them,” said Sara Levin Stevenson, manager of public engagement for Mt. Cuba Center, a botanical garden in Hockessin, Delaware.

Victoria Laubach, executive director of Welkinweir, said National Public Gardens Day has gained in popularity over the years and has helped raise people’s awareness. It has especially helped raise awareness of smaller gardens like Welkinweir, which features an arboretum and a historical estate in East Nantmeal.

Mt. Cuba, Welkinweir and Longwood Gardens are three of the participating institutions whose natural beauty and rich history will be on display. In the 30 miles around Philadelphia, there are more than 30 public gardens, according to Caitlin Simkovich, the communications and logistics manager for the Kennett Square-based American Public Gardens Association (APGA). The area is known as “America’s Garden Capital,” according to a group called Greater Philadelphia Gardens, whose Web page – www.americasgardencapital.org – highlights area public gardens...