Ari Novy, PhD
President & CEO
To me, there is no greater joy than taking a walk around the Garden.
It simply astounds me to observe plants growing… to recognize the diversity of form and function that allows plants to persist through the harsh climate of the dry season. We can learn so much from plants.
As COVID continues to affect our daily lives, we, like the diverse plants in the Garden, employ different coping strategies:
Some plants deal with drought by storing water in succulent or swollen parts, like cacti (Cactaceae);
Others go quasi dormant, like the boojums (Fouquieria columnaris);
And some tenacious plants find microsites of moisture in the environment that can keep them going through the long summer, such as our riparian cottonwoods (Populus fremontii) and sycamores (Platanus racemosa).
My family and I value the wisdom we’ve harvested from plants. Staying grounded and closer to home right now, we find joyful ways to cope. I treasure my daily walks through the Garden and my neighborhood. My sons busy themselves with art projects and board games galore. Our friends have rediscovered knitting, baking, musical instruments and so many other wonderful activities.
Like plants, we are survivors. And like plants, we thrive through diverse strategies.
As we all continue to find ways to adapt during these unprecedented times, we want to assure you that the Garden is a safe and comfortable place to visit. We have completely revamped our operations, from online ticketing to enhanced cleaning protocols, to ensure that you and your family are safe and serene when visiting the Garden.
We are thrilled to announce that our Seeds of Wonder children’s garden will be reopening shortly. We are also putting the finishing touches on our brand new Junior Quail Trail, an active space designed for kids and families to jump, balance, climb and explore outdoors safely. Be on the lookout for exact opening dates this fall.
As the holidays approach, we are working to redesign our Botanic Wonderland exhibit so that you will be able to experience some much needed holiday cheer after dark in the Garden this December. And if you might need a special gift this season for the plant lover in your life, our Gift Shop has now reopened in our fabulous Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. Come on out, pick up a gift (or two), and support your local Garden.
While we cannot hold our usual Gala in the Garden this year, we are thrilled to offer our Garden to Table gourmet dining at-home fund raiser. There are just a few weeks left to purchase your meals. Please click here to support the Garden by eating delicious food.
From now through the end of the year, we’ve got SO much in store to brighten your day. So please… Come to the Garden… Take a deep breath… And SMILE. We can’t wait to see you!
Ari Novy, PhD
President and CEO