Throughout 2021, The Gardens blossomed in every way possible: our gardens flourished, onsite programming expanded and visitors from across the country enjoyed all we have to offer. With the many challenges last year presented, and perhaps because of them, The Gardens was primed and ready to meet the promise of our envisioned botanic garden, blossoming for all to see.
Early on, we knew 2021 was going to be a busy year. The online Spring Plant Sale set yet another sales record, beating last year’s record total. The inaugural season of Live at the Gardens Concert Series was a complete sellout. We provided virtual and onsite education programs to more than 5,000 children and 2,000 adults. Weekends were extremely busy as of out-of-town visitors returned. More than 400 volunteers donated thousands of hours to make our gardens, events and programs shine. Much like last year, we are heading into the holiday season with the wind at our backs and smiles on our faces.
We share much of this success with you. At countless moments during the previous 18 months, you answered our calls for help. Whether by volunteering your time to make sure order fulfillment went smoothly for the online Plant Sale, renewing your membership or becoming Members for the first time or by making a financial contribution to shore up our budget during an unprecedented pandemic, you were there for us time and again, and we are deeply appreciative of your support.
Your support enabled us to make critical investments in seasonal staff, horticulture initiatives and education programming – each contributing to the stellar remarks we receive for customer satisfaction and guest experience. Expanding on those investments will prove critical in 2022 as we expect 75,0000+ visitors.
Because of you, The Gardens blossomed in 2021. And, together, we’ll make 2022 a year to remember.