A wise woman once said, “What do I want for Mother’s Day? What every mother wants–to be left alone so I can read my book.” If your mother doesn’t have a book in mind–is she still waiting for the last volume of that trilogy to come out?–you can escort her to several park and garden events around Boston this weekend.

The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway is getting a jump on Mother’s Day by holding its “Tribute to Mothers” a day before Mother’s day, on Saturday, May 8 from 11 am-3pm. That day will feature a special outdoor performance by the Boston Ballet Orchestra with artists from Boston Ballet, and includes fun activities for all ages including kids’ games, dance lessons, pampering for mom, and free give-a-ways. On Mother’s Day proper, most of the Greenway will be deserted as usual.

There will be an Herb Plant Sale at Elm Bank in Wellesley that Saturday as well, sponsored by the Herb Society of America New England Unit. That sale will feature over 300 varieties of perennial & annual herbs, including culinary, fragrant and medicinal herbs, heirloom plants and the 2010 “Herb of the Year” – Dill Anethum graveolens. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s gardens on site should be looking lovely as well. Those of you whose mothers take a more, shall we say, experiential approach to plant materials might want to wait and take Mom to the annual Boston Common Freedom Rally for marijuana legalization on September 18. I’ll bet there are plenty of herbs for sale there.

On Mother’s Day proper, indulge Mom’s urge for cuteness by dressing up the kids for the annual Duckling Day Parade at the Boston Public Garden. Yes, the pictures of fluffy yellow duckie costumes will make excellent material for embarrassing your children’s future prom dates– but remember, they’ll distract Mom from telling the really juicy stories.

Of course, the Boston Mother’s Day event par excellence is Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum where I will be signing books from 2-4pm by the bookstore in the Visitor Center in the Hunnewell Building, a.k.a. the only bathroom in the entire Arboretum. I’ll be the one wearing a hat. Come admire century-old trees, revel in Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape design, and buy Boston Gardens and Green Spaces!