Oregon Garden Reopening: Friday, 5/22

We can’t wait to see you and to let you experience the beauty of the Garden this Spring. We know you could use it!

 

A few changes we’ve made in response to COVID-19, to ensure your safety and proper social distancing:

– The Visitor Center, Gift Shop and Cafe are closed. Admission will be through the ticket booth by the Visitor Center.
– Our hours will be 10am-4pm daily.
– We are eliminating higher weekend pricing for our Summer season, to make it easier for everyone to enjoy the Garden and to reflect our reduced amenities.
– Only 300 guests will be allowed in the Garden at any one time to ensure proper social distancing.
– The Children’s Garden is currently closed.
– The tram is not running.
– Our drinking fountains have been turned off, please bring your own water.
– Some restrooms will be closed, to ensure proper cleaning between guests. Only restrooms in NREC (by the entrance) and near the Children’s Garden will be open.
– Please maintain 6′ social distancing at all times.

 

Please keep in mind – this pandemic has significantly affected our ability to have staff and volunteers onsite, meaning we have had to prioritize certain projects in the Garden, such as ensuring our 40,000 seed-grown annuals get planted. Unfortunately, nature does not take breaks, so you may notice a few more weeds than normal. Please know that we are working as hard as possible to keep the Garden looking beautiful. Thank you for your patience with us!

FAQ:

Do I need to wear a face covering?

No, face coverings are not required for guests, although they are welcome. 

Where can I get water?

In following state and county guidelines, drinking fountains inside the Garden have been turned off. Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, which can be refilled from the tap.

Is there any food or drink available?

At this time, no food or drink is available for sale inside The Oregon Garden. However, the Oregon Garden Resort is offering take-out. Learn more HERE.

Why is the Children’s Garden closed / When will it open?

The Children’s Garden is, understandably, a magnet for children and families, making it one of the most popular locations in the Garden. It is a small area with a high number of shared surfaces. For the safety of our guests, it has been temporarily closed. We anticipate being able to open the Children’s Garden once Marion County is approved to enter Phase 2 of reopening. 

Why is the tram not running / When will it start running?

We are disappointed not to be able to offer this beloved guest amenity. However, the tram puts guests into very close contact with one another and presents a sanitation challenge. We do not anticipate being able to run the tram again this season.

Why is the Visitor Center closed / When will it open?

We were so excited to safely welcome back our guests that we have streamlined our admission process. Doing so allows staff to admit guests entirely free of contact and eliminates touchpoints like doors, counters, etc. We are working hard to put measures in place that will allow us to open the Visitor Center in the near future.

Why do I have to pay full price when some amenities are not available?

We hope that the guests who visit us at this time are excited to spend time out-of-doors in a botanical sanctuary, and will see the value in the sense of place we have cultivated over many years rather than focus on what is temporarily missing. At this time, your support is more important than ever in helping us get back on our feet – your admission dollars go directly to support the operation of The Oregon Garden and for that, we thank you. 

Will you be having events this year?

Yes! While many of our events have unfortunately been canceled, we are reworking some of our favorites. This year, Movies in the Garden will be held in a drive-in format (more info coming soon) instead of on the lawn, and Art in the Garden will still be on display as it is every summer. For more information, please visit our events page HERE

Can I schedule a group or guided tour?

Unfortunately, at this time we are operating using limited resources and are unable to offer group or guided tours. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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