Events & Exhibits

Calendar: Event Details


Event Dates
October 11; 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 12; 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Rose Fest

Saturday, October 11 & Sunday, October 12, 2014; Noon - 3:00 p.m.


Regular Garden admission; free admission for Garden Members. In the event of rain, activities will move inside.

This is your chance to "stop and smell the roses" and enjoy outstanding live entertainment in the Rose Garden. Walk through winding paths of 1,800 roses for a sensual feast of color, fragrance and beauty.  Learn more about the roses at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Saturday, October 11 join Capitol Opera Richmond in the Auditorium as they perform a season preview. They will perform from 12:15pm- 1:00pm and 1:45pm-2:30pm.

*Due to forecasted showers Sunday's performance from 1:45pm-2:30pm has been moved to the Auditorium located in the Kelly Education Center

Sunday, October 12 the Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform “Fiesta del Sol” (Party of the Sun), celebrating the beauty of our planet. Performances will be from 12:15pm-1:00pm in the Rose Garden and 1:45pm-2:30pm in the Auditorium.

More details:

Saturday, October 11

Join Capitol Opera Richmond in the Auditorium

 From the Legend of Sleepy Hollow,

An Original Baroque Pastiche

Ichabod’s aria-Cavalli, Le Pelizie Contente, 4.21- Erin Wind

Katrina’s aria-p, 4.38- Jessica Wakelyn

Townspeople Chorus – Ensemble


Die Fledermaus

no4 trio-Rosealinda, Adele, Eisentsein- 4.20- William Dameron/Fran Ahern Coleman, Karine Marshall

Adele aria 4.20- Fran Ahern Coleman

Act One Finale- William Dameron, Frank Reid, Karine Marshall

Orlofsky's aria- Erin Wind

Champagne Finale- 9.15- Ensemble



Fairy chorus- Tripping Hither/tither -4.15- All women- Becky Hopkins, and Erin Wind solos

Love un requited robs me from my rest-baritone aria-Lord Chancellor- 4.00- Frank Reid

Soon as we may,off and away- 4.00- finale chorus and solos-Jessica Wakelyn, William Dameron

Performances will be from 12:15 PM- 1:00 PM &
1:45 PM- 2:30 PM.

Rose Fest

Sunday, October 12

Join the Latin Ballet of Virginia in the Rose Garden

 They will perform “Fiesta del Sol” (Party of the Sun):

Celebrating the Beauty of our Planet

The choreography of “Fiesta del Sol” combines contemporary dance, authentic flamenco form, ritual dances from the Amazon and the Caribbean regions dance techniques.

 Performances will be from 12:15 PM- 1:00 PM & 1:45 PM- 2:30 PM.

 Performers: Francisco Mesa “El Nano”, Ana Ines King, Adelle Barrow, Roberto Whitaker, Jay Williams and Monte Alfonso Jones

Other Garden activities during Rose Fest:


This is the Last Weekend for Butterflies LIVE!


October Oddities in the Children’s Garden

During the month of October, refresh your family’s “Garden Spirit”, through seasonal displays in the Children’s Garden, activities and special events that explore the weird, wacky and wonders of nature! 

Daily activity: Gourd Quest: Families search for different varieties of gourds and pumpkins, including Mini White Boo Pumpkin, Peanut Pumpkin and Apple Gourd.

Scheduled Activities in the Children’s Garden 

Saturday, October 11th from 12:00pm-3:00pm

Umami Tea

Sabrina Walters, owner of Umami Tea, will be providing herbal tea tastings. She will also have items available for purchase while supplies last.


Honey Tastings and Bee Observations

A member from Rockwood Backyard Beekeepers will be on hand providing honey tastings and talking about the importance of pollinators.


Natural Plant Dyes

Children’s Garden volunteer, Judith Towers, will be showing the magic of plant dyes. Samples of dyed material as well as example of solar dying will be displayed.


Owlcraft Healing Ways

Suzanna Stone will be showing the many uses of wild plants.


Hoop dancers

A member from RVA Hoop Lovers will be inviting kids young and old to hoop it up.