Coronavirus Disease 2020 (COVID-19)
Update: May 8, 2020 — Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden remains closed, but now that the State of North Carolina has begun its phased reopening plan we can develop ours.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced earlier this week that the state would enter into Phase 1 of the reopening plan at 5 p.m. today (May 8.) Unfortunately, the Garden is not prepared to reopen at this time. The Garden’s leadership team and board of directors have been in discussions about how the Garden can reopen in a manner that is safe and healthy for our staff, our volunteers and our guests. We will share what is likely to be the Garden’s phased plan as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, you can still connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Our small staff continues to maintain the gardens and share photos and videos on social media platforms. We are also planning an Plant Trivia Night online on May 21. You can register to play by clicking here.
Typically, Mother’s Day weekend is one of our busiest and we realize many have made a visit to the Garden a tradition. We too are disappointed that can’t happen this year and hope the tradition will resume next year.
Update: April 29, 2020 — The Garden is now approaching its sixth week of closure in order to mediate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Because we welcome guests from around the state and the larger region, we will take the lead from the state officials to help direct our opening process and its timeline to ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers.
We know that our members, gardening enthusiasts, families and others miss coming to the Garden. We are honored to be regarded as a valued community and regional asset and look forward to the day we can once again open our doors to the public. It is likely to be a slow process, so meanwhile, please stay connected via social media and keep gardening.
Update: March 31, 2020 — A few weeks ago, the coronavirus (COVID-19) may have felt like a distant threat. Since then, the pace of change has become dizzying; and we have tried to adapt to that change as quickly as possible to protect the Garden and encourage the health and well being of the community, individual staff members, and the community. However, the virus and the various actions to combat it have taken a toll on the Garden and its livelihood, threatening its viability as a community asset.
We have explored many options, but unfortunately, our efforts have been unsuccessful, and yesterday we reduced our workforce by more than 80%. That decision was not made lightly, and these will continue to be challenging times for the Garden as with many other organizations and individuals. The Garden will reopen again as a place that instills a love of nature and its beauty, though I cannot say when as we are faced with such uncertainty.
A small staff remains to maintain minimal maintenance of the Garden and its facilities. Staff is also available to work with currently contracted private events clients on a case-by-case basis.
I sincerely appreciate the dedication that each of our employees has shown. We look forward to welcoming guests back to the Garden at some point in the future, meanwhile, please follow us on social media. I hope that you continue to remain safe and healthy.
Update: March 27, 2020 — The Garden is closed until further notice and all events, programs and classes remain cancelled until May 11th. Gaston County has issued a Stay at Home Order beginning Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. in order to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This order directs all Gaston County residents to shelter at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. This order is valid through April 16, 2020 but will be regularly reviewed and evaluated and may be revised, amended, or extended accordingly, based upon recommendations by the Gaston County Public Health Director and the Gaston County Emergency Management Director.
Update: March 16, 2020 — Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our guests, staff and volunteers and in accordance with the direction of Gov. Roy Cooper and the Center for Disease Control, the Garden will be closed through Tuesday, March 31. We hope that this proactive measure will help mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
In addition, all public events, including continuing education programs and school programs are canceled until May 11. Garden staff will work with schools and other groups who have planned trips to reschedule them. The Garden’s private events staff will work with currently booked clients on a case by case basis.
Only essential staff will be on site to work through March 31. If you attempt to reach a member of our staff by phone or email, please excuse any delay in response.
While we realize this decision will affect many people, we believe it is the responsible thing to do in light of this extreme situation. We will continue to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and make decisions based on the best available information.
March 12, 2020 — Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden provides an open air oasis which creates an inspiring, unforgettable garden experience that instills a love of nature and its beauty. The health and safety of our guests remain our highest priorities.
At this time, the Garden is maintaining regular operating hours, and most classes and events will remain as scheduled. The Orchid Show has been cancelled. Please be assured that we are monitoring the dynamic and evolving situation with regards to the COVID-19 novel Coronavirus and all its potential impacts. We are closely monitoring statements and guidance from Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and NC Division of Public Health. We are always focused on providing the safest and most enjoyable experience for our guests.
The Garden is following CDC guidelines, and in addition to routine cleaning, we are taking extra preventive measures by having restrooms, building entrances and other high traffic areas disinfected regularly. We continue to reinforce proper hand washing practices and healthy habits with our staff and volunteers. Any employee or volunteer who suspects they are ill will be asked to stay home until they are fully recovered. We ask that guests also stay home if they are not feeling well as these actions can prevent the spread of illness.
At times like these having places like Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden are important to continue to be a place of respite and enjoyment. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community healthy!