National Public Gardens Day is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide.
Celebrate spring with fairies and garden gnome friends! Join us for fun activities, including fairy activities, a special scavenger hunt, fairy house building, story time, nature walks. You can also view our Fairy and Gnome House contest entries and vote for your favorite!
Free to Enter! Attention scouts, classrooms, families and other groups! Build a fairy house and enter it into our contest! Intent to participate is due by April 15 and submissions are due by April 29. Entries will be on display inside the Gardens May 9 - May 17 and winners will be chosen at the Festival. Prizes will be awarded at the Festival.
Join Star 102.5 and the Gardens to celebrate the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Popular musical groups, local restaurants, wineries and breweries come together to party into the night to benefit the Gardens. Go to www.mystar1025.com for more info!
General Admission Tickets include: entry to the concert and the Gardens, a wine glass, wine, beer and delicious tidbits from local restaurants. VIP Tickets include: everything listed above AND a private VIP party and concert viewing area, VIP food and wine, possible band celebrity appearances and more! (limited number available)
General Event Info:
Doors open at 6pm for General Admission Ticket holders and 5:00 for VIP Ticket Holders
Will Call: The Will Call Tent will be located at the entrance to Starry Night in the Garden. Will Call tickets can ONLY be picked up on your way into the event. The Botanical Gardens will not have will call tickets ahead of time. The will call tent will open at 4pm
Cameras are allowed
You are not allowed to bring in any food, drink coolers etc.
This is an all ages show - Every person MUST have a ticket.
Seating: This is a general admission show and there is no seating. You may bring a lawn chair at your own risk.
Dress: This event is outside so dress for the weather. Summer attire is common... sundresses - khakis etc... You will be walking and standing on grass. Ladies - a flat or wedge shoe is your best bet!
Weather: This event is outside and will happen rain or shine!
Parking: Free parking is located around the South Park Ring Road and on the streets around the park. Please obey city parking signs! The parking lot next to the Gardens will be $10 per car and will fill up fast. We will park on a first-come, first-served basis.
RAFFLE! There will be a fantastic on-site raffle that benefits the Botanical Gardens. Volunteers will be walking the crowd selling tickets and there will be a raffle prize tent located on the front lawn. Raffle tickets are $10 for one sheet (25 tickets) or $20 for three sheets (75 tickets).
Join us for an unforgettable exploration of the spectacular gardens and villas of Italy’s lakes region. Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Venice.
Day 2: Sunday, July 19, 2015 Padua, Italy - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Padua today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wine. (D)
Day 3: Monday, July 20, 2015 Padua
Start your day with a visit to the world’s first botanical garden and UNESCO World Heritage site - Padua Botanic Garden - originating in 1545. Then, travel to Valsanzibio Gardens, one of the best preserved Baroque gardens in existence. Meet its owner who will guide you through the meticulous gardens; this is followed by an interactive gardening workshop to learn their techniques and uncover the secrets of what it takes to keep their historic gardens vibrant. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel in Padua. (B, D)
Day 4: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Padua - Verona - Lake Como
Step into the Renaissance with a visit to Giardino Giusti. These perfectly manicured gardens are as breathtaking now as they were when they opened in the 1500s. The current owners will walk you through their masterpiece and share stories of its history. Continue on to the elegant shores of Lake Como, your home for the next three nights. Its charm stems from the beautiful villas, lush gardens and spectacular views. (B, D)
Day 5: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Lake Como
Spend time this morning at the stunning garden of Villa del Balbianello. Resting on the shores of Lake Como, the terraced garden boasts breathtaking views and is dominated by stunning architectural features. The garden is a bona fide masterpiece in which every element relates to its elegant history and location. Learn about the restoration and preservation efforts before returning to your hotel this afternoon for a special wine reception in the garden. (B)
Day 6: Thursday, July 23, 2015 Lake Como - Bellagio - Lake Como
Explore one of the most spectacular gardens in all of Italy, the Villa Carlotta. Built at the end of the 17th century, this lakefront property was once part of Europe’s Grand Tour. Afterwards, travel by ferry to the romantic town of Bellagio. Bellagio provides the perfect place to soak up the lake's famous panoramic view. The village is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares. Stroll the neoclassic Villa Melzi d’Eril’s garden with its exotic species, camellias and rhododendrons. Discover the splendor of Bellagio at your own pace this afternoon before returning to Lake Como. (B, D)
Day 7: Friday, July 24, 2015 Lake Como - Varese - Lago Maggiore
Travel to the incomparable Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, a wonderful example of Italian Lombard Renaissance architecture. Immerse yourself in the spectacular elegance of the villa and gardens on a tour hosted by a member of the Cicogna Mozzoni family. At the conclusion of your tour, enjoy refreshments in this delightful setting. Later, travel to Varese, the garden city of Italy, to visit the beautiful Villa Della Porta Bozzolo for a guided tour. The villa, which was constructed in the 16th century, boasts a spectacular Italian garden exuding Baroque charm. Explore the grounds and the “Secret Garden”. Continue to Lago Maggiore, home to spectacular views as well as areas of historical and architectural interest. (B)
Day 8: Saturday, July 25, 2015 Lago Maggiore
Journey via cableway to the Alpinum Garden, a botanical garden specializing in the collection and cultivation of Alpine plants. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular gardens of Villa Taranto. Neil McEacharn, a Scottish captain, purchased the villa and dedicated his life to creating a great botanic collection. During your visit, explore the terraced garden, bog garden, winter garden and herbarium. Following your tour, enjoy free time to take in the gardens at your own pace. (B)
Day 9: Sunday, July 26, 2015 Lago Maggiore - Borromean Islands - Lago Maggiore
Travel by boat to the stunning Borromean Islands. Arrive first to the enchanting Isola Madre where you will tour the gardens and palace with a local expert. Isola Madre is the largest of the islands with stunning gardens featuring azaleas, pergolas of ancient wisteria, and camellia blossoms. This afternoon, cruise to another of the Borromean Islands, Isola Bella. Join an expert guide and discover the beauty of the island’s palace and gardens. Gather this evening to celebrate with a delightful farewell dinner. After dinner, you will return to the mainland by boat. (B, D)
Day 10: Monday, July 27, 2015 Lago Maggiore - Milan Malpensa - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close in Milan Malpensa this morning. (B)
Included Meals Key - B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner