by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is hosting the opening celebration for their new Rose Garden this weekend. Have you been to Lewis Ginter recently? We keep adding new things!
The rose garden was finished earlier this spring, but it’s at its peak bloom right now, which is why we’ve chosen this weekend for the grand opening celebration. All sorts of things are planned, with “Feast for the Senses” as the theme. Ever tried Rose flavored ice cream? Now is your chance! Or, be a romantic, grab your sweety, and learn to tango in the Rose Garden.
OK, here are the details, Rose Fest activities are free with Garden admission and will include:
lt;strong>Sight: Enjoy informal tours of the Rose Garden featuring its more than 1,800 roses planted in a colorful scheme. A special display will offer a “photo opportunity” for guests.
Smell: Tables will be set up with rose blossoms in vases to allow “smellings”; fragrances can vary from lemony to musky to spicy.
Taste: Guests will be able to sample rose-flavored gelato (while supplies last). Gelato is a type of Italian ice cream; samples will be in 2 oz. servings and are from Deluca Gelato.
Sound: Saturday, noon – 3 p.m. Learn to tango in the Rose Garden. Tango demonstrations and lessons by The Dance Space.
Sunday, noon – 3 p.m. listen to a strolling classical guitarist in the Rose Garden.
And, join us for a Rose Sale on parking lot side of Garden Shop; all roses $12 (while supplies last); same varieties as in Rose Garden; rose experts offering advice on care.
Also on Saturday only, from Noon – 3 p.m. Join us for an outdoor lunch buffet available for purchase near the Rose Garden. $8 adults; $5 children under age 12. Brunswick stew, black bean chili, pork bbq, chicken tenders, slaw, corn chips, classic spinach salad, fresh fruit, apple cobbler, apple cider, lemonade, ice water.
Rose Fest is sponsored in part by Richmond magazine.
Also showing during this time-frame is a special art exhibit “Paintings by Louise Cochrane” in Ginter Gallery 2 of the Education and Library Complex (runs September 5 – October 12). These floral paintings celebrate Rose Garden donor Louise Cochrane’s abiding interests in art and gardens.