Dear Friends, if you are also a Master Gardener, please take note of the following news issued from the NC State Extension Master Gardener Program:
“Dr. Bonanno confirmed that the guidance issued on 3/21/20 regarding all Extension (Campus and County) activities and programming does apply to all Master Gardener volunteer activities, including: •any type of plant sale that brings people together, even in small numbers (such as ordering online with curbside pickup) •working in demonstration gardens, even if social distancing practices are followed •coming into the Extension center to return phone calls/work on the hotline
As such, all face to face Master Gardener volunteer activities at county Extension centers or as part of an Extension program should be canceled or postponed for the next 60 days (through May 21) . The purpose of this guidance is to protect the health of our volunteers, clients, and staff, and to model science-based practices that have shown to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you volunteer at the Arboretum in any way but are not a Master Gardener this policy still applies to you. Please take note of Amy Mead’s notice for all volunteers at the Arboretum:
“I hope you are all doing well. I am writing to inform you that we have made the hard decision to stop allowing volunteers to work at the Arboretum. Our buildings are closed to all visitors with only a small staff here each day to answer the phones. Out of concern for everyone’s safety and with the lack of bathrooms and hand washing availability for volunteers, we don’t feel that it would be prudent to continue having folks work here.
I want you all to know that you are so important to us and we want to keep you safe. I cannot tell you all how much we value your time and efforts out here in the garden. I know that you might have questions for your particular gardens, so please feel free to reach out to me, Susan, or Kevin with those. The staff is adjusting daily to the continuing guidance we are receiving from both New Hanover County and NC State.