Celebrating 40 Years

In celebration of the last 40 years, we posted photographs of memorable moments and major milestones, and encouraged you to do the same. Since our opening to the public in 1972, we've come a long way from maintaining a small collection of plants to becoming a gardening oasis consisting of more than 2.5 million plants, 26 gardens, and four natural areas. 
We could not have come this far without the generous support of our staff, members, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and visitors who come from all over the world. In honor of this momentous occasion, please share your special memories of the Garden from the past 40 years. 
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