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Wellfield Botanic Gardens Announces Spring Opening May 22

For immediate release: May 12, 2020  [DOWNLOAD FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE]

Wellfield Botanic Gardens Announces Spring Opening May 22

A ‘Modified Visitation Plan’ emphasizes the health and safety of guests, volunteers, and staff while allowing for enjoyment of the grounds during spring bloom.

The typical spring at Wellfield is bustling with members and guests from around the region and the most frequently asked questions include “What flower is this?”, “Can I book a tour for my group?”, and “Do you offer wedding venue rentals?” But due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this is not a typical spring. Instead, this year’s most frequently asked question has been, “WHEN will Wellfield be open?”

After crafting a thorough ‘Modified Visitation Plan’ that prioritizes the health and safety of guests, volunteers, and staff, Wellfield will open its doors to the public beginning Friday, May 22. Wellfield’s spacious 36 acres, wide pathways, and stunning landscapes are an ideal environment for “social distancing” between families and friends. While the guest entry experience may look and feel a little different, Wellfield’s spring beauty is as gorgeous as ever. Entering through the Visitors Cottage, guests will be greeted by friendly staff and volunteers wearing face coverings, positioned behind a desk with a clear plexiglass barrier. In addition to more volunteers and staff onsite to safely interact with and inform guests of current guidelines, visitors will observe noticeable precautions in place throughout their experience that encourage ‘physical distancing’, a critical factor in reducing the spread of Coronavirus – – and a term the Garden’s leadership prefers over “social distancing”. 

The Modified Visitation Plan includes the following guidelines in place for the health and safety of guests, volunteers, and staff:

Wellfield would like to thank its valued members and donors for their continued support through the pandemic by offering a special Member Appreciation Week, granting members early access to Wellfield beginning Friday, May 15 through Thursday, May 21, from 12-6 p.m. 

Wellfield will evaluate the current guidelines, along with recommendations from public health officials, on a weekly basis when determining changes to operating hours or updates to guidelines. 

-Eric Garton
Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director

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