I almost don’t know where to start with my blog post this week; what a crazy time! The spread of Covid-19 has dominated the news, social media and conversations i’ve had this week and it has created a lot of uncertainty for individuals and businesses. We here at the garden know that this is a time that people are going to need outdoor places to visit that will help them to feel calm and less anxious and safe and so we are going to try to stay open. Firstly let me assure you all that we here at The Japanese Garden are taking every precaution to keep our staff and visitors safe; we are following strict guidelines on hygiene and are continuously cleaning surfaces, door handles, and any points of contact to prevent contamination. We have hand washing facilities; providing anti-bacterial soap, hand sanitiser at our counter and staff are wearing disposable gloves so they can maximise safety. The garden is of course outdoors in the open air, as are our Bonsai and plant areas and the only indoor space we have is our shop which we are keeping breezy by keeping the doors open; so if you are coming to shop; wear your coat because it can be chilly 😊
We are doing everything we can to offer our services to you at this troubling time and we would politely ask anyone visiting to please make use of the soap and hand sanitiser that we are offering and pay close attention to your contact. Our PDQ machine can accept Contactless payments for those of you who would prefer not to enter you PIN.
On a personal note; I would like to thank everyone who has visited and supported us in the last 5 years since we took over management of the Japanese Garden, Stuart and I (Natalie) feel honoured to have looked after this beautiful space and we know how much this place has touched so many of you. We will try our best to stay open as long as we can during this time.
The garden is blissfully unaware of all this stress and is blossoming into Spring as it always does 💕 The cherry blossom is flowering its heart out and so many of the Camelias, Rhododendrons and azaleas are looking wonderful.
Spring is a time for Hope – We can get through this! And we will get through it together.
Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you soon
Natalie & Stuart