The University of Alberta Botanic Garden opens its gates for the season on May 6, 2021, ready to welcome a public grown weary of the pandemic and the many stresses of the last year.
“Once again, the Garden is a refuge, a place to get away for a few hours, relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life, safely,” said Carl Charest, interim general manager. “ Last year, we were able to safely welcome over 115 thousand visitors without a single case of Covid reported. We’re determined to follow that track record. This spring, we’re ready to open with even more stringent measures in place to protect staff and the public.”
In addition to vigorous safety precautions, like a mandatory mask policy and closure of indoor spaces, the Garden has taken other steps to reduce the potential for Covid transmission. Maximum group sizes have been reduced to five people, from the same household or two cohort households. Staff will be provided with face shields, in addition to their masks, and plans are underway to keep staff safely distanced from each other.
While the Patio Cafe concession will remain temporarily closed to avoid congestion, guests can still add a Brunch Box to their reservation this month, and booking for the very popular Twilight Picnic Experience begins mid-May.
When Covid numbers decrease, and it’s safe to do so, some programming activities will start up later in the year. In the meantime, organizers are planning some (safe) surprises to add moments of delight for guests. Programming announcements will be made when Covid numbers return to safer levels.
“We have two goals this season,” said Charest. “To make the garden available as a safe, happy place to relax. And to keep our guests and staff healthy and safe.”
Advance reservations are required to visit the Garden.
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden is a 240 acre / 97 hectare property with extensive plant collections, cultural gardens and natural areas. Established in 1959, it is located 15 minutes SW of Edmonton, 5 km north of Devon on Hwy 60.
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