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For Immediate Release: May 28, 2013

Huntsville Botanical Garden to Host Great Big Play Day


HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN                                                                    May 28, 2013
Carol Casey
Director of Communications
(256) 830-4447 ext. 290



HUNTSVILLE, Alabama--Summer is here and there's no better way to take advantage of the warm weather than spending a day with the family in the great outdoors. Huntsville Botanical Garden is happy to announce the Great Big Play Day, proudly sponsored by 4Site, Inc.

On June 2, almost every square inch of the Garden’s 112 acres of natural beauty will be showcased as the Garden hosts family-friendly fun and aims to have the largest picnic in North Alabama. Spread a blanket in the shade of one of the dogwood trees or claim your spot by the lake. Take a walk along the Mathews Nature Trail, beat the heat in one of the many water feature displays and stop by the Damson Aquatic Garden to spot brightly colored fish. With so many theme gardens, play areas and open spaces to choose from, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this special summer Sunday.

Make your plans to spend the day at the Garden and enjoy the games and activities planned for all ages -- from the young to the young at heart. There are jugglers to slithering snakes to face painting and Steve the DJ. So pack up that picnic basket, put on some sunscreen and head to the Garden for a summer day of play that you and your family won't forget. The AMC Band will entertain guests while they get in the swing of things with Badminton or Croquet and jump into summer with king-size checkers. Don’t want to pack a picnic? Food vendors will be stationed throughout the Garden with plenty of tasty treats and Clementine’s will be open.

Great Big Play Day is free with Garden admission or membership. As a special treat, and to celebrate the Garden’s 25th birthday, admissions will be discounted by 25% on this day.

Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and features the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, a picture-perfect aquatic garden, spectacular nature trails, numerous specialty gardens – including an interactive children’s garden - and a variety of plant collections. This beautiful 112-acre Garden is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization run by only 26 employees and over 2600 active volunteers.  With five distinct festivals each year, Dog Days of Winter, Spring Festival of Flowers, Summer Butterfly House, Fall Scarecrow Trail and Holiday Galaxy of Lights, you’ll soon see why we say "There’s Always Something Growing On at Huntsville Botanical Garden!"