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:

Every Tree Tells a Story Exhibit, Ginter Gallery II

September 26 - November 2, 2014

This traveling exhibition of original photography by twelve prize-winning and renowned photographers focuses on trees or tree groupings in twelve states in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. These horticultural specimens, many under threat, range from a two-century old tulip poplar in Washington, D.C. to the Rio Piedras ficuses that span seven highway lanes in San Juan— things that surround us and are living reminders of our heritage. These trees and tree groupings recall our nation’s past and have the potential to bear witness to coming generations.

Share your personal tree stories in the exhibit book.  Watch for entries about some of the Garden's trees on our blog during the run of the exhibit.

Interested in all things trees? Enjoy these tree-themed programs at the Garden this fall:

Fall Pruning for Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees, Saturday, October 18, 9 am – 12 pm

Explore the Garden's Trees, Saturday, October 18, 10 - 11 am

Ginter in the Morning: Japanese Maple Fall Color, November 4

Living and Non-Living Diseases of Woody Ornamentals, November 15, 22, 9 am – 12 pm

The Lewis Ginter showing of this exhibit is supported by The Davey Tree Expert Company.

In the Lora M. Robins Library:

Emma Lou Martin:  Gifts of Nature

September 21 - October 31

Emma Lou Martin collage with found natural objectsEmma Lou Martin, a local watercolorist and collagist, collects natural objects and turns them into interesting collages.









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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