We sought your help during these challenging times. We asked you to believe, as we do, that the simple act of planting is an act of hope. We can see clearly that our community believes in that hope because of the amazing response that Tower Hill Botanic Garden received to our Garden Resiliency Fund Campaign. Thank you.
In a time of overwhelming need, when so many are asking for your assistance, it can be easy to think that natural destinations like Tower Hill may not be essential. But we know that Tower Hill is a respite: a welcoming place of solace and beauty, an environment to explore and enjoy.
When we launched the Garden Resiliency Fund in May, just over twelve weeks ago, we knew that we had to raise $500,000 to help Tower Hill start fighting a deficit of over $1,000,000 by July 31st due to the COVID19-related closure and reduced admissions.
With your help, we surpassed our $500,000 goal. Over 610 generous members and friends stepped forward and donated just over $700,000, ensuring that our irreplaceable botanic collections are maintained and enriching programs can continue to be offered. We are humbled by such a generous and amazing response.
As you know, Tower Hill is “back” to a new normal. Over 16,750 people have visited since our reopening in late May. Although daily attendance is increasing, it is limited to 50% of our usual capacity. Income from membership, gate admissions, garden shop sales, café dining, and private events continues to be severely impacted. But the generosity of our donors is helping us move forward.
Thank you to our donors for helping us to make available world class gardens, stunning views, magical woodlands, and gardening and environmental programs. Tower Hill can truly help the much-needed healing process by proving a place of reflection and offering new ways of connecting to nature and to one another.