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McCrory Gardens to open June 10

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McCrory Gardens will open at 10 a.m. June 10. The gardens will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To ensure a quality visit, the last admission will be at 5:30 p.m.

The gardens will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays to allow cleaning of the numerous contact points.

When arriving, visitors are encouraged to use the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant openers for doors, follow the signage and practice social distancing. Certain doors might be propped open to reduce touchpoints. Visitors are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings. However, the face coverings will not be required to tour the gardens nor provided to visitors.

Visitors will enter and exit the gardens through the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. The center’s lobby will be limited to 20 individuals at one time. Upon paying admission, visitors will need to provide a name and phone number in case a need for future contact arises.

“Although the check-in process will look a little different, we're excited for our guests to once again enjoy the beauty, peace and serenity of the gardens,” said Lisa Marotz, director of operations at McCrory Gardens. “With 25 acres to stroll, social distancing should be fairly easy to manage. In addition to the usual items such as a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, visitors who would like to linger longer in the gardens may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket. All of the benches, chairs and seating areas will be temporarily unavailable.”

The gift shop is open but no food will be available for sale. However, McCrory Maple Syrup, local honey and other items are available for purchase.

Admission prices are:

  • Adults - $6;
  • Youth (6-17 years) - $4;
  • SDSU employees w/ID - $4;
  • Military personnel w/ID - $4;
  • SDSU students - FREE;
  • Children (5 and younger) - FREE; and
  • McCrory Gardens Members - FREE.

McCrory Gardens and the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center are not available for rentals.

In addition, the Third Thursday classes will remain virtual.

McCrory Gardens is a research and education facility operated and maintained by SDSU. It comprises more than 25 acres of flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses in numerous settings to display, educate and further the development of new varieties. An additional 45 acres is dedicated to the South Dakota State Arboretum.