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Rooted | August 3, 2020

By: Erin Anderson, Executive Director | 08/03/2020

What is it that you love about the Garden? Is it the flowers blooming? Outlaw Field and Great Garden Escape concerts? The magic of Winter Garden aGlow? Maybe it’s the sense of peace the Garden brings to you and the community? Whichever it may be, the Garden is a place the Treasure Valley has come to create lasting memories in a beautiful setting.

This year, as you already know, everything is different.

While we have been happy to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the financial implications over the past five months have been devastating. Staff members have been laid off and operations have been severely reduced. The pandemic is impacting ALL of the Garden’s programs—admissions, memberships, weddings, field trips, concerts, and education. This spring, the Garden closed for 35 days as part of Idaho’s “Stay at Home” order. We had to cancel our 2020 Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series and decrease the capacity of our education programs and signature events.

By the end of the summer, we will have lost over 55% of our revenue, a $450,000 impact. If we don’t raise funds to bridge the gap, we face more layoffs and a Garden closure until we can operate at full capacity again. This means we would be unable to host Garden classes, Fall Harvest Festival, Winter Garden aGlow, and even more events you have come to expect and look forward to over the years.

To keep our Garden gates open, we need your help.

Since reopening this spring, we have provided a space for organizations in our community to come together. Organizations, like Boise Contemporary Theater, are hosting a summer readings series and providing programming in a time they otherwise could not. We are thankful to be considered a safe space for our Black community to gather, support community work, host vital discussions, and celebrate in the Garden. We’ve welcomed children’s groups, preschools, and our business community, providing an open area to learn (and play) outdoors.  And of course, we have provided our daily visitors a place to explore and relax in our beautiful and calming space. Closing our Garden gates would mean taking away a place of peace and normalcy for our cultural arts community, special groups, and families.

We’ve made the necessary cuts in expenses, but to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Garden we need to raise at least $150,000 to keep our gates open in the coming months.

Please consider making a gift TODAY to help keep the Garden open. If your membership has lapsed, please renew. And, if you are looking for an opportunity to support the Garden through your workplace, or business sponsorship, we have great options too. Your donation will be put to work immediately to support our efforts, directly affecting the future of the Garden.

 

With your help we will be able to:

Continue to hold health-conscious events that keep you engaged with your community while enjoying those things we are all missing this year; live music, brunches, educational classes, group meetings, and more.

 Develop programs to safely engage and educate visitors of all ages. 

Rehire staff and restore full hours of operation.

Preserve our extraordinary plant collection and maintain the Garden as an open green space we need now more than ever.

I look forward to the day we can all be together in the Garden again, enjoying music on Outlaw Field or learning about the water cycle on a field trip. Until then, we appreciate your support.

Thank you for all you do!