News

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Long-Range Calendar

 

Last updated: 1.5.15

Please note: calendar is subject to change.

2015

Dominion GardenFest of Lights
November 28, 2014 – January 12, 2015

APRIL

A Million Blooms

April 1 – June 1, 2015
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Regular Garden admission

The Garden’s celebration of spring. A highlight this year is the newly completed Cherry Tree Walk with cherry blossoms and other blooms around Sydnor Lake. Also new this year, Butterflies LIVE! starts during A Million Blooms on April 17. Events throughout the season include Easter Weekend, Mother’s Day, the Spring Plant Sale and plant shows, and activities in the Children’s Garden.

Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit

April 4 & 5, 2015

1 – 4 p.m.

Regular Garden admission

 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).

Virginia Daffodil Society Show
April 4 & 5, 2015
Saturday 2 – 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Hundreds of delightful prize-worthy daffodils and expert growers.


Heritage Weekend
April 18 & 19, 2015

Saturday noon – 3 p.m.; Sunday noon – 4 p.m.
Included with regular Garden admission

Celebrate tulips at their peak and historic highlights from the Garden’s past. Enjoy tours of Bloemendaal House and imagine its early days as the original Lakeside Wheel Club.


Butterflies LIVE!

Friday, April 17 – Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular Garden admission

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles.

Richmond African Violet Society Show & Sale
April 10, 11, 12, 2015
Sale: Friday 1 – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m – 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Show: Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to the public; regular admission to enter the Garden
Interesting and unusual African violet varieties on display and for purchase.


Historic Garden Week Extended Hours (Wednesday only)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5 – 9 p.m.

Regular Garden admission

To celebrate Historic Garden Week, Garden has extended hours on this night only with historic Bloemendaal House open; live music, dining, shopping and more.


Spring Plant Sale

May 1 & 2, 2015
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden
The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by Garden volunteers.


National Public Gardens Day

May 8, 2015
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular Garden admission
On this day designed to promote awareness of public gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will have its historic Bloemendaal House open to the public (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with free tours by knowledgeable Garden Guides (regular admission is required). Learn more about the original history of the house as the Lakeside Wheel (or bicycle) Club built in the 1800s.


Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration

May 8-10, 2015
Regular Garden admission

A three-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, shopping and dining, plus these activities:

The long weekend kicks off Friday, May 8 with National Public Gardens Day. On this day designed to promote awareness of public gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will have its historic Bloemendaal House open to the public (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with free tours by knowledgeable Garden Guides (please note: regular admission is required.) Learn more about the history of property as the Lakeside Wheel (or bicycle) Club built in the 1890s.

On Saturday, May 9, create the experience your mom would like. Stretch out on quilts in the Rose Garden and read favorite books. Explore woodland walks searching for fairies. Get down and dirty with digging activities. Help weave a Maypole, hula hoop and chase bubbles! (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Sunday, May 10 is the popular Mother’s Day concert with Glenroy Bailey & Co. (1 - 4 p.m.).
Food available for purchase in front of Bloemendaal House. Guests are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs but no outside food or beverage. Activities in the Children’s Garden include “make-and-takes” for mom (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST

Flowers After 5

Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015


Fidos After 5

June 11, July 9 & Aug.13, 2015

 

JUNE

Richmond Area Daylily Society Show & Sale

June 20, 2015

Father’s Day
June 21, 2015

JULY

Free Fourth of July
Saturday, July 4, 2015

SEPTEMBER


Fall Plant Sale
September 11 & 12, 2015
Friday, September 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m . –3 p.m.

Richmond2015
September 19 – 27, 2015


OCTOBER


October Oddities
Oct. 1 – 31, 2015

Richmond Rose Society Show

October 3 & 4, 2015

RoseFest

October 10 & 11, 2015

Goblins & Gourds
Oct. 25

NOVEMBER
 

Dominion GardenFest of Lights
Nov. 27, 2015 – January 11, 2016

DECEMBER

GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, Dec. 3 (also Thursday, Jan. 7)

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Looking Ahead to 2016

Nature Connects
May 27, 2016 – September 18, 2016

Built from nearly half a million LEGO pieces, this show features more than two dozen larger-than-life sculptures of flowers, insects and more built with LEGO bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney.