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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Announcing the winners of our first ever #GardenFest Instagram contest!   We were thrilled with the participation of the Instagram community — we had over 700 entries in the contest, and there were so many fabulous and creative photos that told the story of Dominion GardenFest of Lights, it was truly difficult to choose our winners.

The winning image of our #GardenFest Instagram contest.  Photo by Meg Pickeral aka @MPickeral on Instagram.

The winning image of our #GardenFest Instagram contest. Photo by Meg Pickeral aka @MPickeral on Instagram.

The Grand Prize winning photo is by Meg Pickeral aka @MPickeral on Instagram. She snapped this photo of her daughter, Addie, awestruck by the lighted unicorn figure.  Meg won some great prizes (valued at over $850) including tickets for 4 to the Richmond Ballet’s performance of Cinderella, a night at the Jefferson Hotel, and tickets for 12 to come back with  and enjoy Dominion GardenFest of Lights with friends.  A huge thank you to our partners, the Richmond Ballet & the Jefferson Hotel for helping to provide the prize package.

Second prize winner Bill Farrar took this photos of his son taking in all the lights.

Second prize winner Bill Farrar took this photos of his son taking in all the lights.

Second prize winner was Bill Farrar, aka @KillerPR on Instagram. Bill won a family 4-pack of tickets to come back and see Dominion GardenFest of Lights again.

So what do you all think? Did you enjoy seeing these photos? Should we have another Instagram contest? Personally, I was thinking I’d like to see an A Million Blooms Instagram contest and a Butterflies LIVE! (#Bflies) contest too.  Would you participate? What ideas to you have?

The 16 finalists in the #GardenFest Instagram contest.  Photos are by (left to right, top row) @mpickeral @Jenwilkers @maraccat @cre8tivphoto (2nd row) @ciao_erin @jmaugle @1wanderer @KillerPR (3rd row) @hollywooz @Murph2sk @tinydebbiejane @spike_brewster (last row) @shdwrider1 @tiffanychan @jeannieboisineau @enigma_web

The 16 finalists in the #GardenFest Instagram contest. Photos are by (left to right, top row) @mpickeral @Jenwilkers @maraccat @cre8tivphoto (2nd row) @ciao_erin @jmaugle @1wanderer @KillerPR (3rd row) @hollywooz @Murph2sk @tinydebbiejane @spike_brewster (last row) @shdwrider1 @tiffanychan @jeannieboisineau @enigma_web

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