Jul 2nd, 2015

CarMax FREE Fourth of July

CarMax Free Fourth of July

Once a year we open our gates to the public for a free admission day: CarMax Free Fourth of July. This is one of our favorite events because we get to see so many people enjoying our garden, many who haven’t visited us before.  It’s safe to say that this is our busiest day of the year!  And we are thrilled to partner with CarMax to bring it to you. This special free day includes admission to Butterflies LIVE! and we’ll have children’s activities, a parade, live music and more.

In addition to CarMax’s involvement in our free day, the CarMax Foundation provides hundreds of volunteer hours to the Garden each year to help us with projects such as invasive species eradication, mulching in the Children’s Garden, and  harvesting in the Community Kitchen Garden benefiting Feedmore.  During June, we had 83 CarMax volunteers who provided 249 hours of service on multiple workdays, along with an additional generous donation from the CarMax Foundation.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting a crew of 26 CarMax Associates who were helping weed some of the first areas that visitors see when they come to the Garden. It was a hot day, but the volunteers worked hard and accomplished a lot in a very short time. After the volunteer crew was done, Horticulturist Megan Lacey said, “It was pretty amazing.  What would have taken me several days to accomplish, they finished in three hours!  It looks great!” But don’t take our word for it. Come see for yourself this Saturday, July 4th.

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A team of 26 CarMax Associates helped weed at the Garden earlier this week. The Garden gets a matching cash donation for hours that CarMax Associates volunteer.

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It was a hot day, but the volunteers brought lots of water and worked hard.

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

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