Adult Education



Guest resources include the Lora M. Robins Library, containing over 7,000 items related to botany, horticulture, garden design, flower arranging and garden history and including 600 volumes of children’s books.  The Library maintains several searchable databases (plant and seed sources, plant information, and the LGBG plant collection) and the Hort Helpline—volunteers who research and answer public inquiries about plants.  

The Library is home to the Descubes collection of over 2500 botanical art works, the Longest Library collection of books on medicinal plants, the Ancarrow slide library of over 10,000 plants in the James River watershed, and the Mary Vaux Walcott collection of botanical prints. 

Changing art exhibits are featured in the Kelly Education Complex (formerly the Education and Library Complex) .

Current exhibits: 

In Ginter Gallery II:

Louise Cochrane:  The Artist in Her 98th Year

January 30 - March 1

Celebrate the triumph of the artistic spirit while enjoying these most recent works by the 99-year-old artist, whose style continues to evolve.  Since 1970, she has created compelling works in oil and pastel celebrating her love of flowers. 

Arboreal:  Recent Works by Hillary Waters Fayle

March 6 - May 11

Trees have always provided us with shade, inspiration and a multitude of raw materials. Arboreal focuses on honoring the beauty and versatility of trees by exploring leaves as an artistic medium. Precise embroidery and delicate cutwork are used to stretch the limitations of the leaf.

In the Lora M. Robins Library:

The Lakeside Wheel Club

through Winter 2015

Nature Journals:  Reflections of the Natural World

through Images and Words

March 1 - 31

Examples of all kinds of nature journals, from the artistic to the eclectic, are on view in this exhibit.  See how others look at the natural world, enjoy observations from journals on view, look through books on journaling, and be inspired to start your own journal.  Curated by artist, teacher, and journaler Susie Kowalik. 

Botanical Stichery

March 1 - 31

View botanical needlework creations by a variety of artists.  Curated by botanical art instructor Celeste Johnson.  Image:  Courtesy Anne McCahill


If you would like to submit an exhibit proposal, click here for a package containing our exhibition policies, submittal guidelines, and a submittal form. Artists interested in working in the Garden will find guidelines here.

Other guest resources include a self-guided Bird Trail, and the Bright Spots program that highlights the seasonal “must-see” plants in the Garden. To access the Bright Spots lists, visit the "What's in Bloom" page.

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