Posted: March 12, 2020

Dear Members and Guests,

We want to let you know about South Coast Botanic Garden’s planning and response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. The safety and well-being of everyone who visits the Garden is our priority.

To that end, we have instituted a rigorous cleaning regimen of all public and office spaces, and have ensured that our restrooms are fully stocked with the supplies necessary to ensure proper hand sanitation.

For the safety of everyone at South Coast Botanic Garden and the community, we ask that you please:

  • Stay at home when sick and seek medical attention when needed.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cough into a tissue and immediately dispose of it.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid shaking hands and instead use an alternative greeting protocol.

We are carefully monitoring this situation and are taking cancellations or postponements to our events and programs on a case-by-case basis. Please consult our website and the events calendar for updates and changes. The Garden has also established a task force that meets daily to assess the situation. We are providing institutional directions based on the best available information, including data that comes from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The South Coast Botanic Garden remains open and we are committed to supporting the availability of open-space and the benefits that come with the exploration of our natural world to all who come to our vast 87-acres. We hope that whatever disruptions to daily life this situation presents, you might still find serenity and optimism in the beauty of South Coast Botanic Garden.

In times of uncertainty and heightened sensitivities, it is especially important that we be our best selves. Thank you for joining us in keeping our Garden accessible and safe and for supporting one another as we navigate this moment together.


Adrienne L. Nakashima