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.
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 are pleased that we have reopened to the public. When planning your visit, please be sure to read our policies carefully. We are following all of the policies issued by Miami-Dade County, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have implemented many precautions all designed to ensure your and our staff and volunteers' health and safety. But, we need compliance in order to ensure everyone's protection.
It's important to know that when you visit Fairchild, you agree to comply with our policies and regulations. Please know that the County has created a "no warning" policy. Guests who violate any of our policies will be considered a threat to health and safety and will be immediately escorted to the nearest exit.
Fairchild Members: We want you to know that your membership was automatically extended two months for free, the amount of time we were closed the public. Members like you are the backbone of the Garden. We depend on your support and commitment especially during these difficult times. And we thank you for your dedication to Fairchild.
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 or by becoming a Member.
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."
Stay safe and healthy.
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