Covid-19 Closure Update

panoramic view of the Terrace Gardens in August

(Sept. 4, 2020) In keeping with Duke University’s campus-wide health and safety measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Duke Gardens will remain closed through the end of 2020.

Duke Gardens and Duke University administrators will continue to confer about the possibility of a phased reopening in 2021, depending on the progression of the pandemic and campus-wide safety plans for the spring semester.

“We understand that this news is disappointing to the many people who cherish Duke Gardens and have been eager to return to this beloved oasis in the heart of the Duke campus,” Bill LeFevre, the Gardens’ executive director, said of this difficult decision.

“We look forward to the day when we can all gather together again to enjoy these nationally acclaimed gardens and the beauty, serenity and inspiration they provide to the more than 600,000 visitors who come here each year,” he said. “But as part of the comprehensive Duke United health and safety initiative, we are committed to minimizing any opportunities for this devastating virus to spread within the Duke and Durham communities and beyond.”

Duke Gardens will continue to work with Duke faculty and staff to make the Gardens accessible for academic and student wellness partnerships, by appointment and accompanied by Gardens staff. Please see our academic programs page to explore these partnership opportunities.

The Gardens’ community engagement has remained robust during this closure, with online public programs, educational activities for children and families, public school partnerships, home gardening instructional videos, mindfulness meditations and social media. Please see our fall roster of online programs.

Read more about Duke United and Duke University’s coronavirus response.