Dear Tyler Supporter,
I have been thinking about you, and all of Tyler’s members, visitors, and volunteers. I know the COVID-19 crisis has upended so much of your life. But I hope with all my heart that you and your loved ones are safe.
Today I am writing to share with you that Tyler must remain closed until our community has a chance to heal from this pandemic. I do not know when we will be able to reopen, but I will continue to post updates on our website as I learn more.
As you can imagine, our state-mandated closure has had a dramatic impact on our operations. Without our typical sources of revenue, I have had to temporarily furlough some of my staff and cut as many expenses as possible. And while I have pursued many leads for emergency funding, at this point, nothing has come through. But I will not give up hope.
I wish nothing more than to be able to spend spring at Tyler with you. But for now, I am working hard to ensure Tyler’s apiary, collections, and landscapes stay safe and cared for until we can return. I am having to make difficult decisions in order to ensure that the Tyler you know and love will be ready for you once this COVID season has passed.
Unfortunately, two of our main fundraising events – Plant Sale and Tyler at Twilight – must be postponed. And in the midst of beautiful spring days and blooming flowers, my heart goes out to the families who had beautiful weddings planned at Tyler, which can no longer take place. The absence of celebration and exploration at Tyler has a serious impact on our revenue, but we must not forget that nature is still shining glory all around.
Tyler’s mission to inspire stewards of the natural world continues, even if we are not physically together. I know you miss walking the trails and admiring the beauty of the gardens, so my team and I are bringing them to you via images on social media, live chats, videos, and blogs. I hope this helps you stay connected and inspired. Please join us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube also.
In addition to connecting with us online, I would be grateful for your financial support at this time, if you are able to do so.
Your gift will help care for and maintain Tyler’s 650-acre property during this time of crisis.
And if you are a member, please consider renewing your membership online now. Even though you can’t visit at the moment, your membership dues help provide the critical support I need to keep Tyler safe and protected until we can reopen.
Despite the difficult financial position Tyler is in, I am heartened by your outpouring of support. Many people have already responded generously to help Tyler through this. If you have already donated or renewed, thank you so very much. I appreciate your loyal support of Tyler.
I often find myself thinking about my last walk at Tyler before we had to close. On that day, I could not have imagined that I’d be in this position as Tyler’s leader.
But I am reminded that Tyler Arboretum has experienced many seasons in the last 75 years. And in that time, we have experienced many storms together. I believe we will get through COVID-19, as a community, and once again be back together. I am looking forward to that day!
P.S. Please stay safe. If you need any information about COVID-19, please call 1-877-PA-HEALTH or visit health.pa.gov.