BELMONT, N.C. — Just in time for spring, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has reopened to the public.
The garden was closed for several months at the start of the pandemic and then reopened with reduced operations to members and for its annual holiday display.
Now, the garden will be open more fully from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
In addition, Lost Hollow: The Kimbrell Children’s Garden, which has been closed out of an abundance of caution because it includes numerous touch surfaces and structures that make social distancing a little more difficult, will now be open to visitors.
The garden’s interim executive director, Jim Hoffman, said all guests will be required to wear face masks or coverings. He also encourages social distancing.
The Orchid Conservatory will remain closed, as will most of the Visitor Pavilion, to help reduce the number of people gathering indoors. The Garden Store is open but is following state guidelines regarding capacity.
Hoffman said they’re also planning special events for the spring and summer season, including a new jazz series. “Jazz at the Garden” happens the first Thursday of each month April through October from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A special admission fee is required for the evening event.
A juried art exhibition from the Gaston County Art Guild will also be on display in April. The long-running show, titled “A Natural View,” will feature the work of artists throughout the region in a variety of media.
“Gardens just historically have been a place for people to kind of rejuvenate, to reflect and kind of restore their souls. And that’s a lot of what we’re here for,” Hoffman said.
Regular garden admission costs $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors age 60 and older and $7.95 for children ages 2-12. Children younger than 2 are admitted free.
For more information on the garden, go to www.dsbg.org.
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