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Check out this great article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch about how Lewis Ginter is helping Virginia’s First Lady, Anne Holton, bring dried botanical decorations to an elaborate tree in the Governor’s Mansion.

Virginia first lady Anne Holton wanted this year’s official tree to replicate one Smith did last year for the Ginter library as part of the GardenFest of Lights celebration. The tree was covered with botanical ornaments Smith made out of materials gleaned from Ginter gardens and dried by the staff.

“I saw their all-natural tree at the botanical garden last year and was wowed by its beauty and creativity,” Holton said. “The natural materials were extraordinary and highlighted so well.”

If you’d like to see the tree yourself, the mansion will be open for holiday tours Dec. 6 from 1-4 p.m. Public tours also will be offered Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.

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