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April 2017

Butterflies LIVE!

Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Regular Garden admission Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Runs April 14 – October 15, 2017.

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May 2017

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas

Friday, May 26, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

Richmond’s art scene comes alive throughout Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape, where regional artists entwine art and nature to spark a new way of interacting with the natural world. In addition to the featured works of art, keep an eye out for pop-up ephemeral art made from fallen petals, leaves, sticks and stones, designed to surprise and delight and then fade with the passage of time. Enjoy digging into your creative side through the making of nature-inspired…

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WildFLOWERS & WallFLOWERS: Art by Laura Flournoy

Friday, May 26, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

“Beauty is everywhere,” Laura Flournoy says with a smile. “You never have to look far.” Flournoy’s uncanny ability to recognize beauty in the everyday began as a child while helping her mother cultivate morning glories and roses. Those joyful memories … a growing love of nature … and a passion for expressing color, form, and texture through photography and art – all inspire Flournoy to artistically record the world around her. She carries a sketchpad wherever she goes: as she…

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June 2017

Thursday Yoga in the Garden: June-July Session

Thursday, June 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - Thursday, July 6, 2017 @ 11:30 am

Learn yoga’s calming rhythms of breathing, movement, and posture in a tranquil Garden setting.  Small class sizes enable instructor Jacqueline Gooding to offer individual pointers and address multiple levels of experience.  Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, water and appropriate layered clothing for the season.  Classes take place in the Garden or inside Garden buildings, depending on weather.

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Evening Yoga in the Garden: June-July Session

Thursday, June 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Learn yoga’s calming rhythms of breathing, movement, and posture during this evening offering in a tranquil Garden setting.  Small class sizes enable instructor Jacqueline Gooding to offer individual pointers and address multiple levels of experience.  Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, water and appropriate layered clothing for the season.  Classes take place in the Garden or inside Garden buildings, depending on weather.

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Advanced Watercolor for Botanical Illustration: Spring Session

Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Williamsburg-based botanical artist Juliet Kirby leads this four-day watercolor workshop for advanced botanical artists.  Participants bring a plant of their own choosing.  Focus is on composition, accuracy, and direction of light.  Students provide materials: a list of recommended materials is sent after registration.  Lunch is on your own each day.

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Monochromatic Watercolor Painting

Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Building upon the introductory botanical illustration courses led by Hazel Buys, this class emphasizes shading, light, and form while familiarizing students with the properties and techniques of watercolor paint. Students learn how to hone their ability to render three-dimensional shapes in watercolor through a series of workshops, demonstrations, and discussions. Students complete a fully realized monochromatic painting of a plant (student’s choice), utilizing a range of watercolor techniques to describe the surface texture, tonal variation, and form of the plant.

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WaterPlay | Weekdays (Summer Schedule)

Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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An event every 1 week(s) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday that lasts 0 day(s) and 7.75 hour(s), the last of which will begin on Friday, September 8, 2017

WaterPlay During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be!  Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays.  Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. WaterPlay is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.  

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Early Morning Hours at the Garden

Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every 1 week(s) on Saturday and Sunday that lasts 0 day(s) and 9 hour(s), the last of which will begin on Sunday, September 3, 2017

Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, September 3 The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules. Guests should also be aware there may be some routine tasks in the mornings as the Garden prepares for the day. The earlier hours are designed to provide garden experiences away from…

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WaterPlay | Weekends

Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am
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An event every 1 week(s) on Saturday and Sunday that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on Saturday, September 30, 2017

WaterPlay During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be!  Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays.  Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. WaterPlay is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

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