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:

Punica granatum (Pomegranate), color pencil on paper, by Lorraine Brevig

Through April 20

Joint Invitational Exhibit:  Recent Work by Instructors and Students at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Instructors and students in the Garden’s Botanical Illustration Certificate program and other art classes exhibit botanically-themed artwork created over the past two years. Media include traditional botanical illustration, fiber, mixed materials, and more.

Related event: 

Saturday, April 12, 1 – 3 pm Lora M. Robins Library

Meet the Artists:

The new book, American Botanical Paintings:  Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic, features botanical illustrations by 43 artists, 14 of whom are from Virginia, and five are instructors, students, or graduates of Lewis Ginter’s Botanical Illustration Certificate Program.  Come to the Garden on April 12 to meet some of the artists, have your copy of the book signed, and celebrate the publication of this beautiful book! 

A companion exhibit of the book’s illustrations is on view at the U.S. Botanic Garden through June 15.

Woody Woodroof, Garlic Sun Print, cyanotypeMay 2 – October 12

Botanical Cyanotypes by Woody Woodroof

Cyanotypes are a monochrome photographic printing process first discovered in 1842. Organic farmer, community organizer, and artist Woody Woodroof creates large scale botanical cyanotypes on fabric using the power of the sun. His work combines farming, the environment, and art, and asks viewers to slow down and notice the intricacy and beauty of the everyday plants and weeds around them.


In the Lora M. Robins Library:

through April 13

Nature Journaling exhibit graphicNature Journal Exhibit:  Reflections of the Natural World through Images and Words

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 and journalist Susie Kowalik. 

April 18 - May 11

Pysanky:  Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Pysanki (Ukranian Easter Eggs) collection of Georgine MucThe art of Pysanky is an ancient Eastern European tradition where a batik process is used to decorate eggs with traditional Ukrainian folk designs. Many people know these as ‘Ukrainian Easter Eggs.’  A stylus (a wooden tool with a copper point) is used to apply beeswax and hold the current color of the egg shell. The eggs are dipped in dyes which traditionally were made from dried plants, roots, bark, berries and insects.   Pysanky are believed to carry magical powers, being able to protect households from evil spirits. This collection has been created by Georgine Muc while living in Richmond, Virginia.


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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