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Rooted in Reno: The May Arboretum Society


In the bustling heart of Reno, lies a haven of tranquility and natural wonder - the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This green oasis is more than just a visual delight; it's a living, breathing classroom, fostering a deep-rooted connection between the community and the unique ecosystem of the high desert and mountain bio-regions. Behind the thriving flora and fauna, stands the May Arboretum Society, the driving force nurturing this botanical haven and making nature accessible to the modern city-dweller.


The mission of the May Arboretum Society is simple yet profound: to sustain the Arboretum's growth, provide educational opportunities, and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world around us. This mission is not just about preserving a beautiful garden; it's about bridging the gap between the urban lifestyle and the nurturing essence of nature, a balance often sought but seldom found in today's fast-paced world.


Fund generation is a cornerstone of the Society's efforts to maintain and enhance the Arboretum. Every dollar generated goes into the garden's maintenance and operational expenses, ensuring the Arboretum continues to be a serene escape and a source of education for all. Over 1.5 million dollars have been invested, a testament to the community’s commitment to safeguarding this green heritage.


Now, here's where you, the modern-day nature enthusiast, come into play. The 12 Months of Flowers fundraising program is a unique blend of community support and floral indulgence. By purchasing this card, you not only secure a year of curated blooms from Sparks Florist® but also contribute directly to the Arboretum’s upkeep. It's not just a card; it’s a passport to a year-long journey of floral discoveries while supporting a cause that enriches your community.


But the engagement doesn’t stop at the cards. The May Arboretum Society hosts a variety of events throughout the year, providing a platform for community members to immerse themselves in nature, learn, and connect with like-minded individuals. Whether it's a guided tour, a workshop, or a special seasonal event, there's a plethora of opportunities to delve deeper into the natural world and the unique ecosystem of our region.


Here’s the actionable part: You can purchase a 12-Months of Flowers card directly from the May Arboretum Society. It’s a tangible step towards supporting a green future, right here in the heart of Reno.


Explore more about the May Arboretum Society, its mission, and how you can get involved on their website. Each visit, each card purchase, each engagement is a stride towards a thriving, educated community intertwined with the natural world, right here in Reno, Nevada.

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