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Gardens to reopen to public June 1

Duke affiliates no longer need timed tickets to visit the Gardens

<p>Guided study breaks are one way for students to access the Duke Gardens, which are mostly closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p>

Guided study breaks are one way for students to access the Duke Gardens, which are mostly closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens will begin Phase 2 of their reopening on June 1, which will allow access to non-Duke affiliated visitors.

The Gardens will be open from 8 a.m. until dusk for all visitors, and social distancing between groups will still be required. Mask wearing will only be required in restrooms or areas where social distancing is not possible.  Patrons that have a Gardens membership will be able to attend preview days by appointment prior to June 1. Phase 1 began in April and will remain in place through May, but timed tickets will no longer be required for Duke affiliates.

Public events or gatherings, walking tours and trolley tours will remain unavailable, but online classes and programs will continue. Volunteers will also be welcomed back to the Gardens.

Visitors may park in the Gardens parking lot for $2 per hour, and no overflow parking will be available.

The restrooms in the Terrace Gardens, the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum and the Doris Duke Center will be open, but the gift shop and other facilities will remain closed.

Dog walking will be allowed before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m.  No bikes will be allowed.

Water fountains in the Gardens will not be functioning, so visitors are advised to plan ahead and bring their own water bottles.


Parker Harris

Parker Harris is a Trinity junior and the local & national news editor of The Chronicle's 117th volume.

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