A Message from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden About COVID-19
These unprecedented times are, understandably, bringing about uncertainty and concern. They're also bringing a greater appreciation for the importance of outdoor living and a connection to our gardens.
Many of you have written to let us know how much you miss visiting the Garden. We miss you, too.
As you know, Miami-Dade County has issued a Safer at Home order and several local municipalities have implemented full lock-downs. This of course means that Fairchild must remain closed until such time that federal, state and local public health officials deem it safe for normal operations to resume.
Gardens have historically been a place of healing and repose, especially during national emergencies. Fairchild has helped provide solace to our Members and the Greater South Florida community during the 82 years since our opening. We will continue to do so.
We have launched a new initiative to keep you connected to the Garden: #MyFairchild. We are bringing right to you the beauty and science of the Garden as well as lots of DIY projects that you can do with your family during this time of gathering at home.
We also want you to know that your membership will be automatically extended the amount of time we are closed the public.
Members like you are the backbone of the Garden. We depend on your support and commitment especially during these difficult times.
Many of you have asked how you can help.
One way, if you are able, is with a gift in support of the Garden, which will help ease some of the loss of income we are experiencing as a result of COVID19. Another way you can help is by renewing your Fairchild Membership.
A garden is a space for healing, especially now. Perhaps it was best stated by Dr. Oliver Sacks:
"Clearly, nature calls to something very deep in us. Biophilia, the love of nature and living things, is an essential part of the human condition. Hortophilia, the desire to interact with, manage and tend nature, is also deeply instilled in us. The role that nature plays in health and healing becomes even more critical...the effects of nature's qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological."
We will continue to communicate with you, and we will notify you just as soon as we are able to reopen.
Stay safe and healthy. And, please stay connected with us at #MyFairchild.
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