Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2013
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TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW TO FIND THE GARDEN
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, Virginia (23228). If you are using GPS, you may want to use "Henrico" instead of "Richmond." We’re on the corner of Lakeside Avenue and Hilliard Road in Henrico County. The Garden entrance is off of Lakeside Avenue. Map.
DO YOU WALK OR DRIVE THROUGH THE LIGHTS?
GardenFest is a walk-through show. We encourage guests to dress accordingly with good footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. We do have wheelchairs and strollers but they are only available on a first-come, first-served basis.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE THE LIGHTS?
Depends on how much you want to see! We advise guests allow AT LEAST an hour for their GardenFest visit (this would mean arriving by 9 p.m. since GardenFest ends at 10 p.m.). For those who don’t want a lot of walking, there is much to see in the Central Garden (between the Visitors Center and Conservatory); however, there are many lights along the Garden’s pathways and in the Children's Garden for those who want to "experience it all!".
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
Again, it depends on your preferences. The number of visitors increases as we get closer to Dec. 25, especially once local schools get out. As you’d imagine, visitation is usually greater on the weekends and is also highly weather dependent. Vistiation tends to peak between 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., so you may want to arrive early (4:30 p.m.) or later (after 8:30 p.m.) Please remember we are closed Dec. 24 & 25.) GardenFest of Lights runs til Jan. 13.
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
Parking is free and available on-site. However, as mentioned above, the number of visitors increases as the season progresses. We do not have unlimited parking and sometimes there may be a wait for a parking space. If you see a long line at the intersection of Lakeside and Hilliard, you may want to allow 30 minutes or so and come back. We post signs saying "30 Minute Wait for Parking" to let people know the lots are full.
If you are meeting people at the Garden, please be aware that on busy nights there can be a lot of people in the Visitors Center; you may want to carpool or have a plan ahead of time about meeting up.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS AVAILABLE AT GARDENFEST?
The Garden Cafe offers casual dining (including a children's menu) as well as drinks and snacks. The Tea House has holiday dinners and a children's menu (5 - 8 p.m.) and , light fare (8 - 9 p.m.) during GardenFest. In the Children's Garden, Espresso-A-Go-Go sells hot drinks, cookies and s'mores. Espresso-A-Go-Go accepts cash and checks.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?
Our guests' safety is our number one priority. We close GardenFest in cases of extreme inclement weather and notices will be posted on our website and phone message system. We do not close if it is simply raining. If guests would like a break from the elements, we do have indoor displays in the Education and Library Complex and Conservatory.