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Garden Funding

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's regular admission for non-members (and excluding group visits) increased by $1 in all categories on June 1, 2011.

This marks the first price increase in 5 years.

The Garden continues to be a wonderful value for horticultural

education, outdoor relaxation and family fun!

Q.  Why does the Garden charge admission?
A.  The Garden is a non-profit organization focused on horticultural display and public education. Income is needed to operate and fulfill the horticultural and educational mission.

Q.  What are the main sources of income?

A. 60% of income is tied to admissions, memberships, Garden Shop sales, facility rentals, food service concessions and annual giving. Other income sources include classes, plant sales, endowment proceeds, grants, sponsorships and other development efforts.

Q.  Do endowments and large gifts impact operational expenses?

A.  Absolutely, but they do not solve all day-to-day operating challenges. Major grants and gifts help fund mission-related endeavors every year, a good example being our children’s education programs. Endowments provide financial stability and sustain an organization over the long term, and each year Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden draws 4 to 5 % from endowed funds to help with operating costs.  However, only about a third of our operating budget is covered by large grants, gifts and proceeds from our endowment. While some gardens can waive admission due to very large endowments, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is not at that point.


Q.  What about government funding?

A.  While Henrico County has been extremely generous over the years with grants to help offset operating costs, it amounts to 2.1% of the current year budget.  The Garden receives no state or federal funding.

Effective June 1, 2011, the following admission will apply for non-members:

  • Adults; $11

  • Seniors (55+); $10

  • Children (3-12); $7

  • Children (under 3); FREE

  • Members; FREE (except ticketed events like GardenFest and Groovin’ in the Garden).

Are discounts available?

Recognizing times are hard for many, the Garden is offering special promotions and discounts throughout the year (below).  The Garden also offers a Sharing the Garden program allowing recognized need-based organizations to obtain free passes for visits to the Garden.



Garden Membership is one way to save money if you plan to visit more than once or twice a year. There are a number of membership levels, ranging from individuals to families. We encourage you to take a look at the membership levels and see what's right for you. For instance, did you know there are levels for teachers/students? Seniors age 55+? Out-of-towners? There's even a popular "Plus One" option allowing you to bring a friend. Learn more about the different levels and benefits of membership.

AAA discount: $1 off admission; any category

Entertainment Book coupon: Buy 2 tickets, get up to 2 tickets at equal or lesser value free

Present your Henrico Advantage Card at the Garden's admissions desk and receive $1 off Garden admission (any category: adult, senior, child). One discount per transaction, non-transferrable and not valid for ticketed events such as Groovin' in the Garden. Learn more about the Henrico Advantage Card, including a list of locations where you can get one and other discounts and specials.


Monday, July 4: All-American Celebration; FREE admission on this day!

APRIL 2012

April: Present your Public Broadcasting Member Card
at the Garden's admissions desk and receive a one-time "2-for-1" admission during the month of April.