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Event Dates
April 1
April 2
April 3

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A Million Blooms

Wednesday, April 1 - Monday, June 1, 2015: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


\Included with Garden admission

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was recently voted #2 in USA Today's 10Best Public Gardens contest and spring is a great time to see why! Millions of blooms, plus a chance this year to see the gardens as art.

 As part of A Million Blooms, a dozen picture frames will be set up throughout the Central Garden and inside the Conservatory to feature what’s in bloom. Peer through the empty frames to view “living bouquets,” ensuring you see the Garden’s highlights. The vignettes were inspired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower exhibit (March 21 – June 21) depicting flowers in masterpieces. Maymont will also have frames in their gardens, along with an exhibit: A Passion for Nature.

Complementing the experience, the Garden will also have 19th French-inspired floral arrangements in the Library during the following weekends: Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit (April 4 & 5); Heritage Weekend (April 18 & 19) and Mother’s Day Weekend (May 8 – 10).

Other A Million Blooms highlights are the newly completed Cherry Tree Walk with cherry blossoms and other blooms around Sydnor Lake, and Butterflies LIVE! opening April 17. Events throughout the season include Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit, Mother’s Day, the Spring Plant Sale and plant shows, and activities in the Children’s Garden.


Please be aware weather impacts blooming times; this is based on prior years.
March: Hyacinths, crocuses, flowering cherries
April: Daffodils, tulips, bluebells
May: Peonies, azaleas, pitcher plants
June: Lotuses, roses
Conservatory: Orchids, tropicals, cacti


Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit
April 4 & 5, 2015
1 – 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission

Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days). Concert by the Richmond Concert Band on the lawn at Bloemendaal House (Sat.); Easter Brunch in the Tea House by reservation (Sunday).

Virginia Daffodil Society Show
April 4 & 5, 2015
Saturday 2 – 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Hundreds of delightful prize-worthy daffodils and expert growers.

April 18 & 19, 2015
Heritage Weekend
Saturday noon – 3 p.m.; Sunday noon – 4 p.m.

Included with regular
Garden admission
Celebrate tulips at their peak and historic highlights from the Garden’s past. Enjoy tours of Bloemendaal House and imagine its early days as the original Lakeside Wheel Club.

Butterflies LIVE!
Friday, April 17 – Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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 lifecycles.

Richmond African Violet Society Show & Sale
April 10, 11, 12, 2015
Sale: Friday 1 – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m – 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Show: Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to the public; regular admission to enter the Garden
Interesting and unusual African violet varieties on display and for purchase.

Historic Garden Week Extended Hours (Wednesday only)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
To celebrate Historic Garden Week, Garden has extended hours on this night only with historic Bloemendaal House open; live music, dining, shopping and more.

Spring Plant Sale
May 1 & 2, 2015
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden
The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by Garden volunteers.

National Public Gardens Day
May 8, 2015
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular Garden admission
On this day designed to promote awareness of public gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will have its historic Bloemendaal House open to the public (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with free tours by knowledgeable Garden Guides (regular admission is required). Learn more about the original history of the house as the Lakeside Wheel (or bicycle) Club built in the 1800s.

Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration
May 8-10, 2015
Regular Garden admission

A three-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, shopping and dining, plus these activities:

The long weekend kicks off Friday, May 8 with National Public Gardens Day. On this day designed to promote awareness of public gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will have its historic Bloemendaal House open to the public (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with free tours by knowledgeable Garden Guides (please note: regular admission is required.) Learn more about the history of property as the Lakeside Wheel (or bicycle) Club built in the 1890s.

On Saturday, May 8, create the experience your mom would like. Stretch out on quilts in the Rose Garden and read favorite books. Explore woodland walks searching for fairies. Get down and dirty with digging activities. Help weave a Maypole, hula hoop and chase bubbles! (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Sunday, May 9 is the popular Mother’s Day concert with Glenroy Bailey & Co. (1 - 4 p.m.).
Food available for purchase in front of Bloemendaal House. Guests are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs but no outside food or beverage. Activities in the Children’s Garden include “make-and-takes” for mom (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)