Safety Precautions

Our main display gardens in Chapel Hill are open. 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 in the restrooms or when outside 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.

Know Before You Go

Visiting the Garden is free and open to the public, no reservation necessary. Please note that while leashed pets are welcome on the Piedmont Nature Trails outside the gates, no pets are allowed inside the main garden gates.

Map of display gardens
You’ll find printed versions of our map and guide at an outdoor station under the breezeway of the Allen Education Center (between buildings B and C). You can also download the PDF version of the map here.


  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • 1-5 p.m. Sundays
  • Closed Mondays and University holidays

What to Expect when going in the Allen Education Center

  • Face covering required: ages 5 and up
  • No eating or drinking inside the building
  • Maximum occupancy: 20 people
  • Please limit your time inside to ~30 minutes so others may visit

Please Note:

  • Our main parking lot closes with the Garden at 5 p.m.
  • Certain paths may be closed to ensure the safety of staff and volunteers at work
  • We have a picnic area with designated waste and recycle bins (see map) and a new seating area near our Daily Plant Sale pavilion

What to bring


  • A mask or other face covering


  • Water (water fountains are blocked off)
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