Robinson Recognizes Array of Benefits Provided by Public Gardens

HARRISBURG – Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) recently introduced a resolution recognizing May 12-21, 2023, as Go Public Gardens Days in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania has an abundance of public gardens, employing approximately 2,000 hard workers and attracting 4.2 million visitors,” Robinson said. “These public gardens bring $500 million into our state and are an important part of the commonwealth’s economy.”

According to Senate Resolution 117, public gardens include botanical gardens, arboreta, cemeteries, zoological gardens, sculpture gardens, college and university campuses, historical homes, urban greening organizations, natural areas, and parks. In each of these gardens, plants are maintained for the purposes of public education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

“Our region is fortunate to be the home of the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden, the Pittsburgh Zoo and the Phipps Conservatory, all of which are treasured by our community and residents of all ages,” Robinson said. “I introduced this resolution to honor the importance of public gardens and encourage everyone to take time to visit at least one this summer.”

The resolution was referred to the Senate’s Rules and Executive Nominations Committee on May 17th.

Allison Dutrey

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