Events

Apr 22nd, 2017

Earth Day: 5 Easy Tips to Heal the Earth Everyday

We celebrate Earth Day on April 22 each year, but there are many things you can do to make every day Earth Day. 1. Be water-wise Earth Day and every day Water early in the morning or later in the evening when less evaporation is likely to occur. It’s also best to allow water to […]

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Mar 20th, 2017

Old Friend: Spring

Message from the Executive Director Spring comes softly in Virginia. Not the weather necessarily, which can be gentle or harsh, with snows and gales not being uncommon. For our plants, though, winter can seem like the overture of a Broadway musical: the composer introduces all the major themes the audience will hear throughout the evening, […]

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Mar 11th, 2017

Flower Shows are a Rite of Spring at Lewis Ginter

I still remember my first flower show.  It was in 1997, and my husband pointed out that the newly opened Robins Visitor Center at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was featuring a daffodil show.  He wanted to see the new building, and I was curious, so off we went. The show was a revelation! Rows and rows […]

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Mar 8th, 2017

Erica Lohan: Nature in Detail

Drawings by Virginia-based artist, Erica Lohan are now on view in Ginter Gallery II. When I saw Lohan’s artist submission to Ginter Gallery II at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, I was enamored by her investigation of decaying leaves with depictions of lace-like holes from insect bites, and vascular tissue that seems almost like stained glass. The textile-like details […]

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Jan 19th, 2017

GardenFest Instagram Contest

Announcing the Winning GardenFest Photos! Congratulations to this year’s ‪GardenFest‬ Instagram contest finalists! We loved pouring through the hundreds (….and hundreds) of entries you submitted and truly enjoyed reliving Dominion GardenFest of Lights through your photos. GardenFest visitors really know how to make some memories — just look at those smiling faces! It looks like quite a few lovebirds got engaged at GardenFest […]

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Jan 14th, 2017

Ryan Syrell Paintings

Ryan Syrell Artist Bio Ryan Syrell is a painter whose work focuses on the interrelationship between haptics, perception, and the recollection of sensory information. He received his BFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2006, and has exhibited and performed internationally. Ryan’s work has recently been included in Baltimore Contemporary Cross-Section (Silvermine Arts Center, Connecticut) and […]

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Dec 15th, 2016

Bling House Light Toys

Making Spirits Bright with Light Toys from the Bling Shop As Dominion GardenFest of Lights casts its spell over the Garden each year, you may discover that even you are bedazzled by its magic. If that happens, and you find that you are longing for a little sparkle of your own, we’ve got just the […]

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Dec 14th, 2016

Spinning the Thread of Life

Spinning Wheel Demonstration Spinning is an ancient craft dating back thousands of years that can be quite delightful to watch. If you want to add an unconventional — yet no less fun and mesmerizing — activity to your holiday schedule, join us for a spinning demonstration in the Lora Robins Library as part of the Natural Plant Dyes […]

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Dec 11th, 2016

Monarchs & Milkweed

Monarch Butterfly Adoptions For about three years now, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s volunteer-led spring and fall plant sales have actively encouraged home gardeners to grow plants that support native butterflies and local pollinator populations. Each year, we feature butterfly habitat kits, each containing host plants (plants that caterpillars need for food) and nectar plants (plants that butterflies need […]

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Dec 6th, 2016

Dominion GardenFest of Lights Decorations & Inspirations

Updated 12/14/16 Ask Justin Brown when he and his team began work on this year’s light show and he replies, “We never stopped.” Brown is Operations Manager and External Team Leader for Dominion GardenFest of Lights, responsible for setting out the lights that help turn Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden into a wonderland of Living Color for this year’s show. The perpetual […]

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Dec 1st, 2016

It’s a Small World Once Again

Dollhouses Return Just in Time for Dominion GardenFest of Lights! There’s great joy across the land at the return of our biennial dollhouse exhibit in the Lora Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  People are crazy about miniatures. Tiny chairs, tiny sinks, tiny dogs and cats and cars. What is so appealing about tiny, […]

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Nov 18th, 2016

Dominion GardenFest of Lights Theme: Living Color

Living Color at Dominion GardenFest of Lights This year, Dominion GardenFest of Lights is an exploration of color: how color speaks to us, impacts nature, influences culture and even brings us joy. We can’t wait for you to explore all that we have planned: look through a teleidoscope that turns the real world into an exquisite picture of […]

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Nov 6th, 2016

Brighten the Night

Message from the Executive Director Right after lunch on the first Tuesday in August, the largest meeting space in the Robins Visitors Center was standing room only. Garden volunteers and staff had gathered to review the design and implementation of this year’s holiday light show, and those who arrived late were forced to pull chairs […]

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Nov 3rd, 2016

Instagram Contest Winners

Each year, it becomes more and more difficult to choose our Bflies Instagram winner. Is it possible that you guys get better and better each year? Indeed,  I think it is.  Of all our Instagram contests, our #Bflies Instagram contest always has the most entries and interest. I don’t know if it’s the great prize […]

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Nov 1st, 2016

Cheers to Shopping

Here’s to holiday shopping! We’re making spirits bright in the Garden Shop with a festive salute to the season. Introducing Cheers to Shopping, a special evening of creative ideas for entertaining, decorating and gift giving to help jump start your holiday shopping. Join us on November 10th from 5 – 8 p.m. for Cheers to Shopping at […]

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Oct 7th, 2016

Paintings from Erling Sjovold: Old River, New Shore

As fall begins, I am reminded of the systems in nature that transform place. The new art exhibit in Ginter Gallery II features Richmond artist Erling Sjovold’s  paintings from Old River, New Shore. Old River, New Shore meditates on the transformative power of the James River and shifting environments. Sjovold’s depictions of the beloved James River […]

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Oct 3rd, 2016

Announcing our #LEGOutside Instagram Contest Winners

Instagram Contest Winners Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks was a very special exhibit and called for a very special Instagram contest. We wanted to encourage fans to get outside, to learn, to feel playful, to be inspired and to have fun.  So, for this year’s Instagram Contest we asked our visitors to celebrate all things LEGO by sharing their favorite photos inspired […]

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Sep 13th, 2016

Fall PlantFest Features Natives

Plant fans in Richmond have been looking forward to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s plant sale since 1987, the year of our first plant sale. This year they are just as excited as ever, 29 years later we are still one of the most popular plant sales in Central Virginia.  Our plant sale is still volunteer-run with […]

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Jun 21st, 2016

Mother’s Day Traditions

Reflections on Mother’s Day 2016: A Family Affair This year was our eighth Mother’s Day celebration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and I really cannot imagine spending my Mother’s Day anywhere else.  My daughter is now 8-year’s old, so you can do the math, we’ve spent every Mother’s Day at the Garden since she was born.  What […]

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May 31st, 2016

Brickworkz: LEGO Mosaic Art

Brickworkz: Local Artist Creates LEGO Mosaics Brian Korte, founder of Brickworkz, creates strikingly elaborate custom LEGO mosaics with LEGO® bricks. Working on everything from portraits to company logos and even a LEGO artwork that pays homage to artist Roy Lichtenstein, Korte’s mosaics are “for those of us with a special place in our hearts for […]

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May 27th, 2016

Behind the Scenes at Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks

Preview Photos of  Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks Today is the start of opening weekend for Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit! We’ve got some really engaging activities planned (scroll to the bottom for a full listing) but we figured what better way to introduce this exhibit to you than to give you […]

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May 6th, 2016

The Butterfly Keepers

We have a saying at the Garden: “Folks always smile and say Hello, but may not know names.” The phrase comes in a daily email sent by our Garden Cafe staff, announcing not only the daily special, but introducing who’s working the line and the register in the cafe. It’s created a culture of encouraging everyone who works here, from […]

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Apr 28th, 2016

Spring PlantFest

Mother’s Day was not on Nancy Penick’s mind when she cut up a jumble of fabric scraps and sewed them into a gardening apron. As the Volunteer Coordinator of PlantFest, she was searching for something new for her team of talented volunteers to make and sell in the Bloemendaal’s Best tent at Spring PlantFest this […]

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Apr 20th, 2016

Moths of Virginia as Art

Our exhibit, Out of the Darkness: Moths of Virginia, focuses on the sophisticated detail, beauty and function of moths in our locality. Artist Deborah Davis is a painter with a “mothing” habit. A trained herbalist, Deborah Davis studied painting at Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon visiting her studio just outside of Charlottesville, it was clear to me how […]

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Mar 31st, 2016

Reichenbachia: 19th Century Botanical Illustrations

From the time I was very young, I remember how my mother refreshed the living room with a bouquet display — a quirky arrangement of flowers from the garden, or potted plants. Among one of my favorite displays was when my mother came home with more than a few pots of orchids she found on sale, […]

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