Display Garden to Open

Our main display gardens in Chapel Hill are open for outdoor visitation. Our buildings are currently closed to the public. We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Garden is a safe place to visit, and we need your help to keep it safe for everyone. If you visit, we ask you to follow these safety precautions:

Check yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 before you visit.

These include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell, congestion, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms apart from existing health conditions, please do not visit. Come see us when you are symptom-free. Read more on the CDC website.

Bring a face covering.

You will need to wear it to enter the restroom or if you’re unable to maintain six feet of distance from anyone you’re not isolating with.

Keep your distance.

Please stay at least six feet away from other visitors, volunteers and staff. Before starting down a narrow path, check for others ahead of you and be prepared to wait in a more open area for them to pass by.

Visitor Information

Our nature trails and preserves are open, including the Piedmont Nature Trails, Battle Park, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Parker Preserve, and Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve. Please observe the rules posted at each location and be sure to practice social distancing (stay six feet from others) while on the trails.

As part of the University community, the North Carolina Botanical Garden operates under the same conditions as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For University updates and advisories, visit unc.edu/coronavirus. Please stay tuned to this page for further updates as all information is subject to change on short notice.