COVID-19 Update

May 15, 2020 Update

Dear Friends of Jenkins, 

Many thanks for your patience during our closure these last few months. It has been disappointing for all of us to have the garden gates closed during such a special time of year at Jenkins. After several months of closure, we are thrilled to announce that we will be reopening the garden gates to the public on Monday, May 18, 2020. We know that outdoor spaces can be a source of calm, rejuvenation, and tranquility in the midst of uncertainty, and we are proud to offer Jenkins as a resource for our community at this time. 

Visiting Jenkins will be different these days, and we will need your cooperation with our new visitor guidelines in order to remain open. Some of the major changes you will notice are: 

  • Beginning May 18, the gardens will be open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm. Please limit your visit to 1 hour to allow time for others to visit without crowding. 
  • Parking will be limited only to designated spots in our parking lot. Street parking will not be permitted. If the lot is full, we encourage you to return at another time to visit. This will help us limit the number of people in the gardens at any given time, ensuring the well-being of our staff and visitors. 
  • You must wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times during your visit.
  • Portions of the gardens will be “one-way only” to reduce the amount of interaction between visitors on our paths. Please follow directional signage throughout the gardens and walk only with members of your household. Do not gather, picnic, or block trails. Keep strolling.
  • Restrooms, water fountains, benches, trash cans, Plant Shop, and the John J. Willaman Education Center are closed. Please plan accordingly.
  • Please read our full list of updated visitor guidelines before visiting by clicking here. 

We look forward to having visitors back in the garden, and will depend on your cooperation as we take our first steps into this “new normal.” 

And remember, Jenkins is a community resources and the majority of our funding comes from you – our friends and neighbors! We will not be able to maintain such a special place and keep it free of an admission fee without YOUR help. Show your love for Jenkins by clicking the link below and making a gift today.

Be well – we look forward to seeing you soon (from 6 feet away!),

The Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Family 

March 20, 2020 Update

Dear Friends of Jenkins,

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s announcement on March 19, 2020, we will be closing the garden gates at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens until further notice. We will also be cancelling all programs through the end of April and will be issuing refunds to all registrants.

While we eagerly wait for the time when we can welcome visitors back to the Arboretum, we will be sharing more of the beauty of Jenkins through social media. The gardens are changing daily with the emergence of spring, and we want to be sure our friends and neighbors don’t miss a bud, bloom, or birdsong. Be sure to follow @JAGardens on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

We are also busy working on resources to help you connect with nature in your own backyard, neighborhood, or balcony. Make sure you are signed up for our email list to receive activities such as mindfulness walks, nature bingo for kids, weekly garden to-do lists, and so much more. And if you have a great idea for a resource or activity – let us know by emailing

There will be times when we feel overwhelmed in this next season. We will feel anxious, uncertain, and even afraid. During those times, we encourage you to take a moment to step outside and connect with the living world around you. Pause to listen for a birdsong, look for an emerging leaf, feel the sun, and remember these words from Anne Frank:

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”

Be well – we hope to see you soon,

The Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Family

PS   The majority of our funding here at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens comes from you – our friends and neighbors. If you have been refreshed or inspired by the gardens, or any of the programs and events we host, please let us know by supporting us with a contribution. Your gift of any amount will help us fulfill our mission to connect people of all ages to nature. Click here to make a contribution.