COVID-19: Our Response

To protect the health of our community and comply with the UNC System directive to significantly reduce campus operations and services, our main garden is closed as of 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20 and will stay closed until further notice. This closure includes the Allen Education Center and surrounding display gardens. The gates and parking lot are closed to all visitors.

Our nature trails and preserves remain 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 on the Coronavirus, please visit Please stay tuned to this page for further updates as all information is subject to change on short notice.

Updated March 26, 2020

Our main garden is closed completely as of 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20.
This includes:

  • Our main display gardens on Old Mason Farm Road
  • Our main parking lot
  • The Allen Education Center, and its Garden Shop, Daily Plant Sale, and Pegg Exhibit Hall

Our nature trails and preserves are open. This includes:



Will the Garden be holding classes and other public programs?

No. To minimize health and safety risks to the community the Garden is suspending all public programming including classes and lunchbox talks through May 10, 2020. If you are an instructor or registered participant in a public program and have questions, please contact Ben Tupper (

For suspended programs starting between March 27th and May 10th:

  1. You can receive a full refund credited back to the credit card used for payment, or 
  2. You can receive a full refund as a course credit to be used toward a future program within one year of the issuance of the credit. 

For programs beginning after May 10, 2020 our standard cancellation and refund policy is in effect.

Will there be tours at the Garden?

No. The Garden will not host guided adult group tours through May 10. We will not host guided or self-guided school field trips through May 15. If you have already booked a school field trip, please contact Elisha Taylor ( to cancel or reschedule. If you have already booked an adult group tour, please contact Elaine McManus ( to cancel or reschedule.

What if I rented space to hold an event at the Garden?

All facility rentals on or before April 30 are being cancelled and rescheduled. Please contact Janna Starr ( to cancel or reschedule your event.

What if I have other questions not answered above?

Fill out our Contact Us form request to a specific program contact  or staff member.

Issued: March 12, 2020; updated March 24
By: Damon Waitt, Director, North Carolina Botanical Garden