Mother's Day Weekend Activities

Continue the celebration of the opening of the Native Plant Garden and treat mom to a beautiful green retreat. Play lawn games, fly a kite, and have a picnic among the Garden's spectacular spring blooms. A professional photographer will be on hand to snap pictures for you to take home. Kids can enjoy hands-on nature activities and create a greeting card for the occasion.

Guided Tours of the Native Plant Garden
Meet at the entrance to the Native Plant Garden
Regularly, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Join a tour guide for an insider's view of the newly designed Native Plant Garden. Curators will also be on hand to answer any native plant related questions.

Bird & Butterfly Walks
Meet at the Reflecting Pool, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of species of birds throughout the year. Bring your binoculars and walk around the Native Plant Garden with an expert to see what insects and fauna the plants attract.

Home Gardening Demonstrations: Going Native
In the Native Plant Garden Gazebo, 12 & 2 p.m.
Step outside and discover a plant paradise. Join us for the opening of the Native Plant Garden to explore the contours of the new landscape, journeying through a woodland, wetland, and prairie garden.

1-800-Got-Junk? is a supporting sponsor of Home Gardening Demonstrations. Visit their booth at the Reflecting Pool on May 11 only to learn more about their environmentally friendly hauling services and practices.

Watercolor Painting
Near the Native Plant Garden
Pick up a palette and let the Garden be your muse. Borrow materials and set yourself up in a number of inspiring overlooks near the Native Plant Garden.

Professional Photographer's Booth
In the Native Plant Garden
A professional photographer will be on hand to snap pictures of your family with the brilliant Native Plant Garden as your backdrop.

Lawn Games
On Daffodil Hill
Sign up for a round of croquet and see how you do at this traditional garden contest! Have a go at badminton, or if the wind is right, come fly a kite!

Music & Dance
At the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions
The band's all here to make a festive party for all our revelers! Dance along to the music with the returning Banjo Rascals!

Picnicking & Food Samplings on Daffodil Hill
On Daffodil Hill
Enjoy food and refreshments as sold by various city food trucks joining us from the New York Food Truck Association. Meanwhile, food samplings will be made available by some of our great culinary partners.

Friendship Dairies is a Featured Sampler on May 12:

Friendship's Fit to Go® Mobile Mixer will offer Garden visitors free Friendship Fit to Go® Low Fat Pineapple cottage cheese samples, with special mix-ins, including "Instant Wasabi" and "Granola Glee." Wholesome, creative and delicious, Friendship's cottage cheese showcases the scrumptious versatility of this culinary delight.

Outdoor Nature Explorations: Birds & Nests
On Daffodil Hill
Appreciate all of the moms in nature that care for their kids! Children are welcome to weave a bird's nest and craft a bird out of clay to take home. Then head to the Everett Children's Adventure Garden to pick up a scavenger hunt and learn more about the birds found at the Garden. Record the feathered friends that you see on our Citizen Science chart.

Make a Card for Mom!
Along the Wetland Trail
Decorate a special card for mom on her special day! Add the photo snapped in the Native Plant Garden for a great memory.

A Season in Poetry
In the Native Plant Garden Pavilion, May 11, 4 p.m.
Celebrate the season with renowned poets Alex Dimitrov, Harmony Holiday, and Patrick Rosal, reading classic favorites as well as their own work. Co-presented with The Poetry Society of America