Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping.
The following is an update from Ladew Gardens on how they are adapting and coping during these times.
How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Ladew Gardens, Manor House and Nature Walk are currently closed to the public as required by Governor Hogan’s “stay-at-home” directive to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
Our gardens are in spectacular flower without an audience to experience them in
person, so every day we share images on Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, our garden staff is sharing practical gardening tips and “How To” videos on Facebook and in eblasts. (Fishbowl readers can visit www.LadewGardens.com to sign up for eblasts and join us on Facebook and Instagram.)
What is the status of your employees?
All full-time employees continue to work. The garden staff continues the endless task of maintaining Ladew’s 22 acres of formal gardens — removing winter’s debris, pruning, mulching, planting, and mowing. The other full-time staff are working from home. The education staff is preparing for the opening of the Butterfly House and Nature Walk, putting the finishing touches on the Summer Nature Camp program (with the expectation that camp will take place as scheduled), and developing programs for the fall (including lecture series, children’s programming, and our annual Garden Glow special event). The development team is reaching out to our incredible members and donors who are actively
engaged in helping us recover from the staggering losses related to Ladew’s closure and related cancellation of events and programs.
How can readers help you get through the crisis?
Your readers can be our Heroes! We are all longing for familiarity and normalcy—something we can count on when everything else seems so fragile. Your readers can help Ladew be that place by making a gift that will ensure that Ladew will be here, standing strong, ready to provide the solace and tranquility we all need. (https://secure.ladewgardens.
How are you coping, personally?
We are all suffering from the let down of Ladew being closed. It breaks our hearts that we can’t share our blooming gardens with our community of members and visitors. Video conferencing helps keep our staff in touch. And we have been reaching out via phone and text to many of our donors and members… and that contact has helped.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
We can’t wait to open our gates! In the meantime, We look forward to presenting two unique virtual opportunities within the next few weeks.
Beginning April 29th we are presenting a Socially Distanced Garden Festival (in place of the
12th annual Garden Festival which was scheduled for May 2.) Vendors who had planned to sell plants, garden accessories, and other garden-related merchandise during Garden Festival will instead promote their products through our virtual sale, with a percentage of sales benefitting Ladew Gardens. Vendor sale information can be found at www.LadewGardens.com and on Facebook.
Our annual Art in the Gardens program will also be presented virtually, with an online sale of original art works by our 2020 Artists-in-Residence Laura Amussen and Baltimore Clayworks ceramicists, along with past Ladew artists. The art works available for sale will be featured in a special gallery on Ladew’s web site. This virtual art show supports these talented local artists, with a percentage of each sale benefitting Ladew Gardens. The Art in the Gardens art show will continue through the 2020 season.
Learn more about Ladew Gardens by visiting their website and checking in with their Facebook Page. If you can, support the Gardens with a donation so they can continue to provide solace and tranquility when this is long over.
If you represent a local small business or non-profit and would like to share your update with our readers, contact Nicole Allen at [email protected]. During the crisis, we will offer these sponsored posts for free as a service to the community.