Events

Feb 2nd, 2016

De-Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Ever wonder how we get all those lights up (and then down again) for Dominion GardenFest of Lights? Here’s how!  GardenFest Arborists Matt Lee and Thomas Dunlap climb the trees before Dominion GardenFest of Lights carefully stringing trees with thousands of lights. Then, each January, when GardenFest ends, Lee and Dunlap climb the trees again […]

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Jan 29th, 2016

Student & Teacher Art Show

As I walk through the Botanical Illustration & Art: Student and Teacher Exhibition at Ginter Gallery II, I see a contrast to the blanket of white snow just outside the windows of the gallery — a spectrum of color and intricate, yet delicate textures. I can’t help but feel as if I am walking through the seasons and […]

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Jan 23rd, 2016

GardenFest Instagram Winners

Congratulations to this year’s ‪#‎GardenFest‬ Instagram contest finalists! We had hundreds of photo submissions, and as usual, competition was fierce. We love to see Dominion GardenFest of Lights through your eyes. From the Conservatory at sunset with crystal clear reflections, to GardenFest Dinners with Santa, to our giant unicorn through the eyes of a child, to a […]

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Jan 6th, 2016

Through the Eyes of a Child

Last week, at Dominion GardenFest of Lights,  the little people in my life taught me a lesson: children experience the wonder of the world with all five of their senses. As the Lewis Ginter lights cast their spell over us, we watched glimmering wolves run wild along Sydnor Lake. We felt the warm glow of […]

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Dec 15th, 2015

5 Tips: Visiting Busy GardenFest

This year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2015-2016  at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is proving to be very popular, especially with the unseasonable spring-like weather! We are entering what are traditionally the busiest nights of the season, starting when local public schools let out (Friday, Dec. 18 this year) through Wednesday, Dec. 23 (the Garden is […]

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Dec 7th, 2015

Dominion GardenFest of Lights

‘Tis the season! Dominion GardenFest of Lights in full swing now. We’ve been sharing photos like crazy on Facebook and Instagram. Have you been by for a visit yet? We’d love to hear what you think about this year’s show (just leave a comment). My family has three light features they always look for when […]

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Nov 25th, 2015

Preview Dominion GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa!

This year’s Dominion GardenFest H2Whoa! is turning out to be quite a show. We thought you might appreciate a few sneak peek photos courtesy of  Garden Member and photographer Harlow Chandler.  But trust us, the lights are even better in person! GardenFest opens this Friday, Nov. 27th.

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Nov 20th, 2015

Nighttime Light Painting

When my coworker, horticulturist Laurie McMinn, came up to me raving about a “Light Painting class” she took here at the Garden, at first I thought she was talking about an art class with paintbrushes and paint, exploring the subject of light.  Then, she pulled out her camera and showed me this: I was blown […]

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Nov 13th, 2015

DIY Fish Decorations

One of the most common questions we get at Dominion GardenFest of Lights is “How do you make those creative decorations?” It’s no secret that we are rich in talented staff and dedicated volunteers, both of whom have creative imaginations. We add in some hard work and a few ingenious ideas, and try to come out with […]

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Nov 9th, 2015

Congratulations #Bflies Instagram Contest Winners

The results are in! Congratulations to our Butterflies LIVE! #Bflies Instagram Contest finalists and winners. This year we segmented our contest into three categories, a grand prize winner, a People’s Choice Award and a Butterflies Choice award. The Grand Prize winner, chosen based on creativity, fun and photographic composition, is Philippa Berch, who took a magnificent macro photo […]

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Nov 5th, 2015

Message from the Director

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education; our passion is connecting plants and people to measurably improve our community. When planning Dominion GardenFest of Lights, we remind ourselves of this mission and set about using a favorite winter tradition as a vessel in which to convey important ideas. The exercise is rich with metaphor, because on […]

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Oct 29th, 2015

Behind the Scenes at Dominion GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa!

Are you ready for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights?  I have behind-the-scenes access and will give you a sneak peek to a few of the treats you will see with this year’s H2Whoa! theme.  Last week, 45 volunteers and staff worked on  finishing touches of decorations for this year’s show. Everyone was enthusiastic and willing to lend […]

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Oct 24th, 2015

Autumn Apple S’mores

Who doesn’t love s’mores? The campfire staple traditionally consists of a toasted marshmallow paired with chocolate and sandwiched between graham crackers. The very name is proof of its popularity; s’more is a contraction of the phrase “some more” because you can never get enough! If you’d like to try s’more variations of the popular treat, […]

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Oct 14th, 2015

Joan Massey: Paintings

Richmond painter Joan Massey’s lifelong love of the natural world has inspired her most recent abstract paintings, where she explores her impressions on colorful, striking canvases. From her home studio to the walls of Ginter Gallery II in the Garden’s Kelly Education Center, Mrs. Massey’s first exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is truly a homecoming. Executive […]

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Oct 12th, 2015

Butterfly Roundup

Now that Butterflies LIVE! is over, for this year anyway,  butterfly curators are working hard to roundup all the butterflies in the exhibit. Many visitors ask us how we accomplish such a daunting task. Well, it involves the lowering of temperatures in the exhibit, lots of patience, a keen eye and some acrobatic skills! Here’s […]

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Sep 21st, 2015

Evenings at the Garden & FREE Admission for VCU Students & Staff

    We’re super-excited to continue celebrating the UCI Road World Championships and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s cycling history all-week-long! And with VCU students out of class all week, we’ve got a special treat for them too! First, the Garden will be open late — ’til 8 p.m. Monday through Friday “Flowers After 5-style,” as we enjoy the […]

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Sep 14th, 2015

Meet our Clearwing Butterfly

The Costa Rican clearwing (Greta oto) is one our favorite butterflies because its wings are clear! Their wings lack scales, so the clear chitinous membrane between the visible veins appears see-through. In Costa Rica, this butterfly is often referred to as ‘mariposa espejitos’ meaning the butterfly with little mirrors in Spanish.  

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Sep 6th, 2015

Butterflies On Bikes!

Butterflies and bikes are two great reasons to visit the garden during September. But what about butterflies ON bikes? That’s right! We have set up tiny bikes in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit to celebrate the highly anticipated 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond. The butterflies are loving it! We also have tons of other great UCI […]

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Aug 5th, 2015

Up-Cycled Bikes & Other Gifts

When is a bottle cap not a bottle cap? When it’s up-cycled into a tiny wheel for a miniature bicycle, available in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Garden Shop as part of our celebration of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. We’re all geared for September 20, 2015, when the elite men’s and elite women’s team time […]

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Jul 27th, 2015

Butterfly Scales = Pixie Dust

When butterflies pass away in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, it can be a sad and difficult situation to explain to guests. So I try to use that opportunity to explain to guests how fragile and delicate these creatures are. Typically, I will allow guests to touch and feel a butterfly’s wings after they have “ended […]

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Jul 18th, 2015

Let’s Celebrate Moths

This year’s National Moth Week is July 18 – 26 , 2015, and we would like you to join in the celebration! To help, we’re sharing some key characteristics to help you tell the differences between moths and butterflies. But first, what do they have in common? They both are insects belonging to the Lepidoptera order. In Greek, lepido translates […]

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Jul 14th, 2015

Garden Times Online

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education and our passion is bringing people and plants together to improve our community. We hope that Garden Times does just that — teaching you something, connecting you to plants, and inspiring you to visit us. As a non-profit working toward more sustainable practices — we’ve uploaded a digital […]

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Jul 2nd, 2015

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 […]

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Jun 18th, 2015

Thank You Butterflies!

This week, June 15 – 21, is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators are essential to our food supply and natural environment. Did you know that one in three bites of everything we eat is thanks to a pollinator?  One way you can help pollinators is by planting host and nectar plants for native butterflies and bees! Other pollinators […]

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Jun 13th, 2015

Reflections on Mother’s Day

Last Mother’s Day was our seventh Mother’s Day spent enjoying Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with my family and my best friend’s family.  You’ve likely read about some of our other adventures on this blog before. As usual, we had a wonderful time, but every year brings something new. New additions – My son is now 21 months […]

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