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Free admission to South Florida botanical gardens on Friday


Visit four South Florida botanical gardens for free on Friday to celebrate 2012 National Public Gardens Day. This could be a fun thing to do with Mom for Mother's Day.

Get free admission for up to 10 people at more than 500 botanical and public gardens around the country through Rainbird and Better Homes and Gardens, the event sponsors. Entry fees at some gardens normally cost $25.

Participating gardens in South and Central Florida:

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coral Gables
Miami Beach Botanical Garden in Miami Beach
Montgomery Botanical Garden in Coral Gables
Block Botanical Garden in Miami
The Botanical Gardens at Kona Kai Resort in Key Largo
Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales
Lakes Park Botanic Garden in Fort Myers
Naples Botanical Garden

The program, in its fourth year, was founded by the American Public Gardens Association to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and the role they play in promoting environmental stewardship, water and plant conservation, according to the National Public Gardens website.

Click here for the deal. Print one coupon for every two people in your party.

Photo: The 30-foot-tall red rose sculpture is part of the large-scale installation "Will Ryman: Desublimation of the Rose," on view at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables through May 31.

Photo courtesy Faircihld Tropical Botanic Garden

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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