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Military to receive free admission to Botanic Garden

ENCINITAS — Active duty, National Guard and Reserve members and their families will be able to stop and smell the roses at the San Diego Botanic Gardens — for free.

Well, at least for the next four months.

The Botanic Garden, located in Encinitas, announced a partnership with the Blue Star Museum program that will allow the garden to offer free admission to the military and five immediate family members from May 1 to Sept. 7.

The Blue Star Museum program is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across the country in an effort to provide military members and their families access to cultural arts.

The May 1 start of the military program at the Botanic Garden is three weeks earlier than other museums partnering with Blue Star Museum program, which typically kick their gratuity off on Memorial Day weekend.

Military members will need to show an active military ID card to get the free admission.

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