Dothan Area Botanical Gardens changes event plans, remains open

The Gardens are full of painted eggs that are just waiting to be voted for on April 5.
By  | 

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) While other places are temporarily closing during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens remains open to the public.

The 46 acres of gardens provides enough space for visitors to attend while still practicing social distancing.

"You can spread out here and get some fresh air and sunshine," executive director William Holman said. "It's a great place to come and still enjoy nature."

Holman also has not noticed a large decline in attendance to the Gardens since the Coronavirus outbreak started. People are still enjoying the views while remaining a safe distance apart from other people.

Though the Gardens remain open, some upcoming event plans have been revised. Egg Quest on April 5 was originally scheduled to have children's games, an appearance from the Easter Bunny, and other garden activities. While those parts of Egg Quest have been canceled, the Gardens will still be providing free admission from 2 pm to 4 pm on April 5. Visitors can still vote on their favorite painted eggs and be entered into the drawing for an Easter basket filled with goodies.

The Gardens' plant sale has also been canceled. Most of the plants that were ordered for the public to buy were canceled, but some plants are available. Anyone wanting to buy a plant from the Gardens can attend at any time with free admission.

Even through the Coronavirus outbreak, the public is still strongly encouraged to visit the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens. The Gardens are open every day from 9 am to 6 pm. Admission is $5 for any non-members that are 16 years old or older. If you would like to become a member, you can register and look at pricing at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens website. Membership includes free admission to the Gardens.