Guided Tours


Planning for Your Tour

  • Call 804-262-9887 x320 to talk to a registrar and set up your tour of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at least two weeks in advance.
  • Tours are led by trained volunteer Garden Guides. They last between 1 hour and 1 ¼
  • We provide one Garden Guide for every 15-20 people.
  • Guided tours for pre-registered groups of 15 people or more cost $13 per person. For pre-registered groups smaller than 15, a guided tour may still be available at a cost of $195 for the group.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Transportation around the garden cannot be provided.
  • Let us know a little about your group; it will allow us to provide a more suitable tour.

2014 Garden Tours

"Celebrate the Garden's 30th Anniversary" Tour

Available Year Round

Find out why the Travel Channel lists this site as one of the “best botanical gardens in the U.S.” Hear the story of how a 19th century bicycle club evolved into an 80-acre garden named for Lewis Ginter, Richmond’s “gilded age icon.” Your Garden Guide will make sure that you take in all the most memorable sights.


The Heart of the Garden: an Introduction

Available Year Round

Explore the Central Garden closest to the Robins Visitor Center. Enjoy the Conservatory displays, the Sunken Garden, Healing Garden, Four Seasons Garden and Rose Garden (during peak season only). Visit the current exhibit in the Gallery space of the Education and Library complex.
All paths are flat and ramps are available. Benches and restrooms are conveniently located.

Garden Guides can pace the visit to suit your group. Abundant displays from orchids to artwork make this a rewarding visit without extensive walking. Groups are free to visit the rest of the garden at their own pace after the tour. Most paths are paved and benches are widely distributed.


Enjoying the Asian Valley Experience

Available Year Round

Slowly stroll the winding paths between the quiet pools and lichen covered rocks. Focus on the landscape details until the sculptural trees and muted colors bring a serene sense of being close to nature. Your volunteer Garden Guide will lead you in discovering seasonal surprises.


Our World of Trees

Available Year Round

If our landmark trees could talk they would tell you many tales. Volunteer Garden Guides enjoy speaking for them and showing you fascinating aspects of their bark, flowers, roots, and even knees. Tours visit many parts of the 80 acre site and always enjoy the most memorable seasonal highlights.


Petals on Paper

Available Year Round










How do artists capture the magic of flowers in drawings and paintings? Sign up for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Garden’s exceptional botanical art collections. Ideal for groups also visiting other Richmond exhibits.


GardenFest of Lights Early Bird Tours

Available December 1, 2014 - January 9, 2015

Reserve a time for your private group of 15 to 40 adults to enjoy an early-evening exploration of GardenFest of Lights with a knowledgeable Garden Guide.  Admire the unique hand crafted botanical decorations, the enchantment of model trains and lavish seasonal displays. Be on site as darkness falls and the magical light display is revealed. Your Early Bird Tour begins in the Robins Visitors Center and must be reserved in advance.