Pandemic Safety Tips

The World Health organization officially declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a Pandemic. On March 7, 2020, the CDC updated its definition on Congregate settings (crowded public places where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums) and Social distancing (remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible). The objective of social distancing is to reduce the probability of contact between persons carrying an infection, and others who are not infected, so as to minimize disease transmission, morbidity and ultimately, mortality. According to the CDC, the newly emerged Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that seems to be spreading much like flu.

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and active research by health professionals, many public gardens were affected.  Conforming to federal, state and local mandates on stay at home guidelines, travel bans, social distancing, and congregate settings, had a tremendous impact on whether gardens could open, have events and other activities. 

Recognizing that Covid-19 has affected Botanical Gardens across this nation, the Montgomery Botanical Gardens is doing its part to inform the citizens of Montgomery with a few tips on coping with Coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began with listing three known symptoms: shortness of breath, cough and fever and has  added six additional symptoms of the novel Coronavirus to its list. The symptoms, which the CDC reports could appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, are: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid crowds as the virus can spread within six feet of separation.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care. If you think you have been infected, contact the medical facility before you go so that they can prepare. Also, wear a face mask.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or arm. When using a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. The virus can live on hard surfaces for up to nine days, so please make sure your wipes and hand sanitizers have at least 70% alcohol content to be effective.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Stay vigilant about self-care and keeping your immune system at optimal levels.
  • Eat healthy fruits and fresh vegetables full of antioxidants and take vitamin C.
  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, and get plenty of sleep.
Keep items for a preparedness kit (can foods, water, one month’s worth of medications, blankets, pet food, etc.).

Peace and Joy Winners

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority wins the Montgomery Botanical Gardens first Peace and Joy Contest

Winners with MBG President Tyna Davis
Winners with judge Adrienne Larkin

On Tuesday, December 17 the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park had Cookies and Cider to announce the winners of the first Peace and Joy Contest in the garden.  Three judges submitted their results on originality, best representation of the theme and beauty.  The second portion of the voting was for the public who went online and voted $1 each for their favorite exhibit.

MBG Board President Dr. Tyna Davis announced the winners.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. won first place winning both the judges vote and the online voting.  President Cassandra Brown accepted the plaque for them. Their exhibit was an angel spreading peace and joy.

Cassandra Brown, President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority with MBG Board President, Dr. Tyna Davis and MBG Board Member Ken Mahan
Peace and Joy to the World by
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

CARATS came in second place with their exhibit of a dog spreading Joy at the mailbox. President Cathy Wright accepted the second place trophy for them.

Wanda Anderson, VP of CARATS, Cathy Wright, President of CARATS, Dr. Tyna Davis and Ken Mahan
Spreading Joy by
Montgomery Chapter of The CARATS, Inc.

Day Street Baptist Missionary Church received third place with their joyful snowman.  Church member Lillie Grant was on hand to accept the award for them.

Lillie Garnier representing Day Street Baptist Church, Dr. Tyna Davis, Ken Mahan
Tidings of Great Joy by
Day Street Missionary Baptist Church

First Baptist Church received the honorable mention award with their Peace and Joy Christmas trees. Cathy Wright accepted the award for them.

Cathy Wright representing First Baptist Church with Dr. Tyna Davis and Ken Mahan
Peace and Joy by
First Baptist Church of Montgomery AL

The Montgomery Botanical Gardens appreciates these community leaders and organizations for participating in our Peace and Joy contest.  Please come to the garden and see our holiday decorations and exhibits.  They will be on display until December 22.

Please consider a donation to the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park so we can continue to grow our garden for the citizens of Montgomery.