As bad as things are during this outbreak, this may still be to some extent, the quiet before the storm and NYC is in the eye of the storm, but like all storms, this too shall pass. Meanwhile, we strongly encourage all members to stay home.
Watch the NYS Governor's daily updates on TV. Sign up for RIOC advisories. Visit gardens around the world on virtual tours. Write a blog post on your favorite plant or collect old photos of your own garden for our website and send these to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com.
Staying home is your best course of action to protect yourself and others. This virus will sicken persons of all ages. In addition, it also remains crucial to have an abundance of caution if you are older or have health issues. Based on our surveys, the biggest portion of our club are people over 70, and the second biggest group are over 60.
We all need to take care of one another by the warm embrace of keeping our distance from one another. Things are changing daily. The "elbow bump" was briefly very popular but is now passé, replaced by 6' of social distancing and lots of hand washing.
Since you are not in the gardens to take care of your plot, you might be worried what your garden will turn into without you; yes, there will be weeds, but so be it. Like everything else, the RIGC Standards Committee is also on hiatus at this time. (And actually our lives would be a lot better if our only worry was about getting an LOV. )
Take care of yourselves, be well, and I look forward to seeing everyone again when this is over.
- - - Neal
Neal Weissman, PRESIDENT
Roosevelt Island Garden Club