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University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopens amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Global News

Alberta’s largest botanical garden reopened on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re just so grateful that we can open the doors and be a place of peace and relaxation and refuge in natural beauty for people, which we think is going to be craved by many of us now,” said Kerry Mulholland, communications co-ordinator for the University of Alberta Botanic Garden.

As a result, the garden near Devon will be doing things a little differently to ensure social distancing is possible.

Measures include making admission possible only for those who make a reservation online before their visit to the green space.

“Like many other places, we have to open with safety in mind,” Mulholland said.

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Visitors will also need to follow a one-way route as they tour the grounds “so that people can safely navigate along our pathways without having to worry about passing too close to somebody else,” Mulholland added.

“It’s a big garden and there are places that are off the path, and people can step off the path — that’s allowed here — but when they’re on the pathways, we’re maintaining that one-way routing.”

The garden’s new welcome centre is still under construction so visitors will be using an alternate entrance for the time being.

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Mulholland noted that the garden’s indoor features will be closed to the public this year because of the pandemic.

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The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Global News
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Global News
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Global News
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopened near Devon on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Global News