Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2013

Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2013 Theme and Photos


This Year's Theme: A Natural Love Affair

This year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights explores the beauty and bounty of our natural world. The theme was inspired by the Flora of Virginia, a guide to the 3,164 plant species native to or naturalized in Virginia.The light forms and botanical decorations in the displays feature native plants and important pollinators such as butterflies, birds and bees.


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.

Coneflower, tulip, and foxglove forms help light the way as you stroll from garden to garden. Visit miniature terrarium landscapes in the Library, also home to a 14-foot-tall tree filled with flowers and bustling pollinators and dragonflies. In the Conservatory, a 20-foot-tall golden tree, dripping with honey-like glass, celebrates the birds, bees, and flora of all seasons. 

Butterflies flutter over a magical train landscape, where woodland creatures, inspired by the beloved children’s book The Wind in the Willows, go about their day cleaning house, reading, fishing, or just taking a nap. The Conservatory’s West Wing also has a story to tell. See the cottage transformed into a cabin full of a naturalist’s beloved collections, inspired by the book Mossy by Jan Brett. Hear the GardenKeeper read Mossy Monday nights by the fire in the Library Reading Room.

Celebrate all that you love about the natural world with the ones you love at this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights, one of central Virginia’s favorite holiday season traditions.