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SLO Botanical Garden teams with Alzheimer's Association to host Free Day

The entrance of the SLO Botanical Garden
Gabriela Fernandez
Signs at the entrance to the SLO Botanical Garden welcome visitors inside

If you’ve never had the chance to experience the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, you can visit it Saturday for free. At the garden you can see plants, wildlife, and artwork covering the grounds.

“You’ve gotta come see it for yourself. There’s no describing what it feels like to be in a garden that is like this. In this truly wild space where nature is happening at your feet. It’s something you have to experience,” said SLO Botanical Garden Education Director Millie Tolani.

Artwork of tree covered in yarn at the SLO Botanical Garden
Gabriela Fernandez
A tree at the SLO Botanical Garden is wrapped artfully with yarn

Saturday the garden is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to host an event called “The Longest Day.” It will focus on Alzheimer awareness 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 tide pool touch tank, and a panel lead by the garden’s founder, Eve Vigil, to talk about the earliest memories of the garden.

“During that day, admission is free for everybody, usually kids under twelve are free, but this day, parents and their kids can come for free,” said Tolani.

Painted wooden posts at the SLO Botanical Garden
Gabriela Fernandez
Painted wooden posts are displayed at the SLO Botanical Garden

Free Admission Day is a joint effort between the garden, volunteers, local organizations, businesses, and artists. Tolani said they hope it encourages people from the community to visit the garden who wouldn’t normally be able to experience it due to financial barriers.

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

Free Admission Day will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, with activities beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Gabriela Fernandez came to KCBX in May of 2022 as a general assignment reporter, and became news director in December of 2023. She graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Political Science. During her senior year, she interned at CapRadio in their podcast department, and later worked for them as an associate producer on the TahoeLand podcast. When she's not writing or editing news stories, she loves to travel, play tennis and take her 140-lbs dog, Atlas, on long walks by the coast.
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  • Join us at the SLOBG on Friday, 11/26/21 for our FREE admission day from 10am-4pm! Because enjoying the garden is better for you (and the environment) than Black Friday. Bring the whole family and make a day of nature & exploration! Pick up your special Scavenger Hunt at the Garden Gift Shop when you arrive. We look forward to seeing you soon!