Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2014



Purple Coneflower at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

A giant purple coneflower made of lights is draped over the fountain in the Four Seasons Garden with the Conservatory in the background. Photo: SJ Collins Photography




Dominion GardenFest of Lights

The jewel of the Garden is the Conservatory with the dancing waters of the Fountain Garden in front. Step inside this glass palace to see dazzling decorations, model trains and the grand holiday tree.

Photo: Don Williamson




Healing Garden of lightsLights mimic water in the Healing Garden with the Education Building in the background. Visit the Education Building to see the Library, decorations and model trains. Photo: Brad Alston





Mushrooms in front of the Consevatory

The enchantment continues with glowing mushrooms in front of the Conservatory. These were made from upside-down tomato cages and hanging flower baskets. Photo: Don Williamson




Caterpillar Tunnel of Lights Explore a magical landscape where lightning bugs glow in the night and the seasons magically change. Walk through a Swallowtail caterpillar tunnel that reveals a beautiful butterfly nearby.

Photo: SJ Collins Photography


Butterfly form of lights

Left: At the end of the caterpillar is a beautiful butterfly made of lights. Photo: Trevor Wrayton







Maze of lights at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

The Children's Garden
A maze of lights and oversized "veggie" forms; whimsical and fun! Hot drinks and snacks also available for purchase in the Children's Garden.

Photo: Trevor Wrayton





Sydnor Lake at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden during Dominion GardenFest of Lights

Asian Valley
Walk along pathways glowing with lights.

Photo: Trevor Wrayton







Peacock light form at Dominion GardenFest of Lights
The Peacock
Always a favorite! This year, look for the Peacock in the Grace Arents Garden.

Photo: Trevor Wrayton





Bottle lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lights made recycled plastic milk cartons and water bottles. Look for them along the pathway in Asian Valley.
Photo: Trevor Wrayton



Bottle lights at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

A close-up of the lights created using recycled plastic containers.







Looking toward the Tea House at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Dominion GardenFest of Lights enhances the natural beauty of the Garden.Lights sparkle in the ornamental grasses and reflect in the water. Photo by Trevor Wrayton.





Reflection of Lights across Sydnor Lake

A veiw of the lights and Conservatory reflecting in Sydnor Lake.
Photo: Trevor Wrayton




Winter Wonderland

Walking through Dominion GardenFest of Lights is like walking through a Winter Wonderland.

Photo: Trevor Wrayton





Conservatory with lights in foreground

Another view of the Conservatory from the Central Garden.

Photo: Don Williamson






Conservatory on the hill

View of the Conservatory from the Main Garden Path.
Photo: Trevor Wrayton





View toward the Visitors Center

View from the Conservatory looking back toward the Visitors Center.

Photo: Brad Alston






Detail from the holiday tree

Detail from the 20-foot-tall holiday tree in the Conservatory.






Model train display in the Conservatory

Part of the model train display in the Conservatory. The landscape and houses are made from botanicals collected from the Garden and preserved all year long. This year's display is inspired by The Wind in the Willows.

Photo: Trevor Wrayton



Botanical house at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

One of the houses from the model train display in the Conservatory.







Train station in the model train display

The train station in the model train display; created from botanical materials gathered in the Garden.






Mouse House in train display

An underground "mouse house" in the base of the model train display.






Tree decoration in the Robins Room

Decorations made from natural materials in the Robins Room of the Visitors Center.

Wreath in the Robins Room









Botanical Cake in Dominion GardenFest of Lights

Although the historic Bloemendaal House is closed to guests, you can peek in to see botanicals crafted into whimsicial decorations such as this "cake" made with lamb's ear and other plants.



Tiny details are as painstaking as the big trees, multiple lights of GardenFest Richmond Times-Dispatch (article & video)

Photos: GardenFest of Lights

Festive Holiday Decorations at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (Ch. 6; Virginia This Morning)