Before you get a regrettable “I Heart Mom” tat, honor your mother with a delightful garden party. Start the morning meandering through the Lilac Collection while bands and dancers perform on the Daffodil Hill main stage. Eat brunch picnic-style (just make advance reservations), and anjoy a ton of other planned activities on the beautiful landscape. There's usually putting on the green, croquet and guided walking tours through the gardens.
Photograph: Courtesy Michael Kirby