COVID-19 Update – March 16, 2020

To our Yew Dell Community, 

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is doing our best to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  We’re all being asked to stay home unless strictly necessary and to do our best to slow the spread of this virus and protect our most vulnerable community members.  As we all know, right now there is no “business as usual”. With the interest of public safety we’ve decided to close through April 6th to do our part as an organization to help stop the spread of this disease. 

Starting Tuesday March 17th, we will be closed to visitors and volunteers.  Also, all scheduled events, programs, and classes until April 6th will be postponed. Those who have registered for events or classes that have been effected will be contacted with alternate dates or refunds. As a nonprofit organization that relies on programming fees, plant sales, and admission to operate, particularly during this busy spring season, we ask that you consider donating your ticket fees or make a donation of any amount to help us weather this storm.  As always, we appreciate the support of our faithful community members. 

We are staying up-to-date on recommendations from state, local, and national officials. As the COVID-19 situation rapidly changes, we will alter our response as needed. Staff members are currently working from home or staggering their schedules so we ask for your patience as we respond to emails and messages. 

In this time of uncertainty we hope that we can all focus on what really matters – each other. We know that social distancing can be hard to face in the coming weeks. Remember to check in on your neighbors and friends, particularly those who are elderly or without help.  With many of us forced to stay home, we can use this time as an opportunity to enjoy nature, do our spring garden clean up or maybe learn a new skill such as pruning. Be sure to stay connected on our Yew Dell social media channels for entertaining updates from our horticulture staff to help with the cabin fever.  Stay safe and be well until we are able to celebrate in the garden together once again. 

-The Staff of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens