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Event Dates
February 14
February 15
February 16

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Orchids Galore! : A Love of Living Color; plus chase away the winter blues

Feb. 14 - March 31, 2013: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Details:

Included with Garden admission.

Outside it’s cold and gray, but at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, we have a sure cure to beat the winter blues. Orchids Galore! A Love of Living Color (Feb. 14 – March 31) features orchids in colors across the spectrum to dazzle the senses. Step inside the warm and cozy Conservatory for an intimate look at these exotic beauties. Learn more about the role of color in plants and how it supports all life on Earth.

ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS

Self-Directed Activities: Monday-Friday, *10-4pm; Weekends, 11-3

View select Reichenbachia prints and create your own botanical illustration on easels set up in the West Wing. Learn about the science of color while exploring our brand new light table.

* (March 18-29, Self-Directed activities 1-4pm)

Orchid Quest | Daily

After picking up an Orchid Quest brochure at admissions, families use clever clues and mapping skills to find their way to a hidden treasure in the Conservatory. Along the way, children and their adults are encouraged to record the names of plants they encounter. Once the quest is completed, children receive a collectible button.

Saturdays; February 16- March 31, 11-noon

Think Like a Plant!

Animator Tyler Rhodes will engage children in an interactive drawing game based on plant evolution. Select drawings will be used in an animated video that will be showcased during our 2013 ButterfliesLive! exhibit. All ages are encouraged to join. Free with Garden admission.

WEEKENDS

Each weekend includes sensory experiences for all ages with themes highlighting how we turn to plants at this time of year for nourishment, comfort and to boost our mood. Weekends also feature family activities (Saturday & Sunday; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; free with Garden admission) inside the Conservatory and specials in the Garden Shop. See schedule below. 

RELATED EXHIBITS

Companion exhibits in the Education and Library Complex feature photographs of North American orchids by Hal Horwitz, including a lecture and gallery walk by the artist on March 9. Selections from the Reichenbachia, Orchids Illustrated and Described, plantsman Frederick Sander’s 1894 compilation of 192 orchid illustrations are on view; as well as information on the great age of orchid exploration, and a model of a Wardian case, a 19th-century means of safely transporting exotic plants to Europe.

CLASSES

Learn more about orchids in these two classes:  Orchids 101 on February 23, and The Orchid Doctor on March 13.

THEMED WEEKENDS

Feb. 16 & 17: Chocolate Cravings

Garden Shop; Both days, noon - 2 p.m.

Savor a variety of decadent chocolates for a natural mood boost! Try free samples of locally made chocolates available in the Garden Shop. The Shop features handmade chocolates from Chocolate Cravings local chocolatier Cathy Churcher. All chocolate items in the Garden Shop discounted 10%.

Children's Activities inside the Conservatory: Both days, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Explore the fruit of the Cacao plant and use a metate to grind Cacao nibs. Make your own set of binoculars with rainbow yarn.

Feb. 23 & 24: Cozy Crafts

In the Library: Snuggle up to one of the hottest trends around – learning more about the fiber arts.
Visit with fiber artist Judy Thomas for a discussion and demonstration of needle felting.

Children's Activities inside the Conservatory: Both days, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Discover the hidden color of plants with a  petal pounding activity.
Create a coffee filter flower.

Garden Shop: Select felt tems (handbags, hats, etc.) discounted 10%.

March 2 & 3: Beautiful Botanicals

Garden Shop: Pamper yourself with samples of rich, soothing lotions and moisturizing skin products in the Garden Shop.
Orchid-fragranced beauty products in the Garden Shop discounted 10% general public; Member's discount 15% during March Madness.

Children's Activities inside the Conservatory: Both days, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Use plant materials to make a sweet-smelling sachet. Make a star and moon ribbon stick.

March 9 & 10: Reads & Seeds

In the Library: “Dream” your spring garden or simply escape to read about the world of plants. The Garden’s Library has a cozy Reading Room with a fireplace, a Children’s Corner, and tons of seed catalogs, magazines, books and other resources.

Children's Activities inside the Conservatory: Both days, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Gather in the Conservatory for an eco-friendly, fun seed activity. Make a rainbow plant stake.

Garden Shop: All books in the Garden Shop discounted 10% general public; Member's discount 15% during March Madness.
 

March 16 & 17: Go Green on St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Garden!

Children's Activities inside the Conservatory: Both days, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Go green for St. Patrick's Day with hands-on recycling crafts. Make Leprechan's gold.


Garden Shop: Select "go green" items discounted 10% general public; Member's discount 15% during March Madness.


March 23 & 24: Tea Tasting
Taste a variety of teas in the Garden Shop. In the Conservatory, make tea bags and learn about the plants used to make teas.

Children's Activities inside the Conservatory: Both days, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Make your own tea bag in the Conservatory using plant material. Create a ribbon stick.

Garden Shop: All teas in the Garden Shop discounted 10% general public; Member's discount 15% during March Madness.


March 30 & 31: Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit

1 - 4 p.m. both days: Meet Peter Rabbit
Saturday, 2 - 3 p.m.: Concert


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).

In the Children's Garden:Join us back in the Children's Garden for family crafts in the Breezeway!