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    Find out if a garden is closed for repairs, or is open but needs donations or volunteer help.

    Photo courtesy Mercer Botanic Gardens.

    RAP Gardens with Hurricane and Fire Damage

    Gardens caught in the paths of the hurricanes and fires

    The American Horticultural Society is concerned for all those affected by the recent fires and hurricanes. The impact of these will be felt for years to come. The disasters damaged people, animals, homes, and offices, as well as many of the public gardens we work with closely. 

    Some gardens have sustained such massive damage that they have closed temporarily and set up special repair funds. Other gardens were not hit as hard, but have an increased need for volunteers to help them rebuild.

    We will update this page regularly, and we thank you for any assistance you can give to these gardens.

     

    CALIFORNIA

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden escaped major damage from the recent wildfires. As a gift to the community there will be no general admission charge through the end of the year. They hope the garden will be a place for peace and healing after the fire. Docent-lead tour groups will have a 20% discount.

    Santa Barbara Botanic Garden lies in the evacuation zone of the Thomas wildfire.  It is closed until further notice.

     

    FLORIDA

    Bok Tower Gardens has reopened and welcomes visitors.

    Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens suffered extensive damage.  While the museum and upper garden are open, a portion of the historic Cummer Gardens remains closed with no projected reopen date at this time.  A special Garden Reconstruction Fund is in place to help defray the costs of repairing these formal garden spaces.

    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has damage to its important collections of palms, cycads, mangoes, and rare tropical plants. The gardens have reopened to visitors, but help is still needed.  It has set up a Hurricane Irma Relief Fund .

    Flamingo Gardens lost a number of trees, including two Florida Champion Trees, a korina, and an American oil palm.

    Heathcote Botanical Gardens, thanks to dedicated volunteers, has cleaned up the debris and is open for business.

    Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens thanks all volunteers who helped with removing downed trees and clearing trails. There are ongoing work days and they also welcome help any day.

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has reopened the gardens.

    Miami Beach Botanical Gardens lost trees and canopy cover in the storm.  Donations will help in the repair efforts.

    Mounts Botanical Garden reopened on October 2. Debris has been removed from pathways, but costs of recovery are mounting.  It is asking for donations  to help offset these costs.

     

    GEORGIA

    Lockerly Arboretum is open but lost 15 trees and one greenhouse. The Arboretum staff are grateful for any volunteer help in the clean-up process.

    Massee Lane Gardens, home of The American Camellia Society is open for visitors!

     

    TEXAS

    Mercer Botanic Gardens is closed until further notice. It is asking for donations to help with flood recovery in its devastated gardens.

    Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is closed until further notice, because of storm damage.  While the garden hopes to reopen in the near future, a date has not yet been set.  Call 409-221-6666 for more information.

     

    U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

    St. George Village Botanical Garden  has reopened after Maria struck St. Croix with Category 5 strength.  The garden sustained catastrophic damage. SGBVG thanks all who are helping the long process of getting the gardens cleaned up and ready for visitors. SGBVG is encouraging tourism to St. Croix as a way of supporting the nearby islands.