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:

From Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden

through January 18

Four panels tell the story of the Garden's development, starting with the extablishment of the Lakeside Wheel Club on our site in 1895.


Beginnings: 1895-1913

Grace Arents: 1911-1926

Germination: 1926 - 1984

Maturning: 1985-2014

Each period is examined by what happened on this site, in bicycle history in the region, and regional holiday celebrations.

In the Lora M. Robins Library:

The Lakeside Wheel Club

through Winter 2015










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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