One of the most anticipated events on the 2020 gardens and horticultural calendar, the Gardens on Tour (GoT), produced by the Durango Botanical Society (DBS), is canceled, according to Connie Markert, chair of the tour committee. Markert says the DBS board voted for cancelation of the 2020 event, rather than postponement, at its April board meeting. The decision was driven by concern for threats from COVID-19 for both garden hosts and tour attendees.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we have taken this decision,” says Markert. “With the pandemic still evolving and its path difficult to predict, the health and safety of our visitors, homeowners, and the community-at-large must be our priority.” Markert emphasizes, however, that the Durango Botanic Gardens at the library will remain open and remain maintained by its corps of volunteers. “What better time,” she adds, “to visit our gardens and remember the resilience of nature and remind us that we are resilient as well.”
While the physical tour has been canceled for this year, the GoT Committee is exploring a variety of ways to connect the community to its public gardens as well as the private gardens scheduled for the 2020 tour. DBS will communicate those plans through its website and emails. Images below from the 2019 GoT.