The SLO Botanical Garden partners with the Alzheimer’s Association to organize a free day


If you’ve never had the chance to discover the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, you can visit it for free on Saturdays. In the garden you can see plants, wild animals and works of art covering the grounds.

“You have to come and see it for yourself. There is no description of what it feels like to be in a garden like this. In this truly wild space where nature happens at your feet. It’s something you have to experience,” said Millie Tolani, director of education at the SLO Botanical Garden.

A tree in the SLO Botanical Garden is artfully wrapped in yarn

On Saturday, the garden is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association to host an event called “The Longest Day.” It will focus on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease through fun activities, allowing participants to explore their ability to remember.

There will be a memory game that visitors can play to win a prize, as well as a scavenger hunt, art activities, a touch pool and a panel led by the garden’s founder, Eve Vigil, to talk about early memories. from the garden.

“During this day, entry is free for everyone, usually children under twelve are free, but on this day parents and their children can come for free,” Tolani said.


Painted wooden poles are on display at the SLO Botanical Garden

Free Admission Day is a joint effort between the garden, volunteers, local organizations, businesses and artists. Tolani said they hoped it would encourage community members to visit the garden who might not normally be able to experience it due to financial barriers.

“Whatever barrier or restriction, we wanted to make sure community members had the opportunity to come here,” Tolani said.

The free admission day will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, with activities starting at 11:00 a.m.


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