Plan Your Visit

Day Planner


The Garden by Season


  • See spectacular tulip and daffodil displays during A Million Blooms and plan your next tulip border or bed.
  • Attend the spring plant sale presented by Garden volunteers (check the calendar for dates).
  • Get ideas for small bulbs to add to your garden.
  • See spectacular roses, daffodils, daylilies and african violets at a plant-sponsored flower show (check the calendar for specific show dates).
  • See early-blooming native azaleas and rhododendrons in the Flagler Perennial Garden, and Woodland and Wildside Walks.
  • Learn how to prepare soil as Garden horticulturists and gardeners prepare beds and plant annuals and perennials.
  • Enjoy live music in the garden during a Groovin' in the Garden concert.


  • Get ideas for stunning annual combinations for containers and beds.
  • Check out the Farm Garden in the Children’s Garden and see what vegetables you could add to your garden next season.
  • See spectacular daylillies at the Richmond Area Daylily Show and Sale (check the calendar for show date).
  • Find some new summer annuals to add to your border garden.
  • Explore more than 25 cultivars of hydrangeas on the Hydrangea Walk and Talk led by a knowledgeable Garden Guide.
  • Walk among hundreds of tropical butterflies at Butterflies Live!, May 24 - Oct. 13, 2013
  • Find a new plant to add to your butterfly garden by watching the many butterflies native to Virginia as you stroll the Garden
  • Bring the kids' swimsuits and cool off in WaterPlay in the Children's Garden.


  • Get ideas for late season perennials to add to your garden.
  • Attend the fall plant sale presented by Garden volunteers (see the calendar for dates).
  • See spectacular mums in the Conservatory in September and October.
  • As horticultural staff prepare for winter, get tips on proper clean up of perennial borders.
  • Watch horticulturists and gardeners as they plant spring-flowering bulbs to create naturalized drifts of daffodils and tulips in your yard.
  • Enjoy late season fall color as Japanese maples color up in Asian Valley.
  • Find a great holiday gift in the Garden Shop during their annual Champagne 'n Shopping event in November (check the calendar for more information).


  • Take a holiday cooking, gardening or floral arranging class (view Adult Education Classes & Course Catalog).
  • Visit GardenFest of Lights, the Garden's spectacular annual holiday light show, and see a half-million lights and more
  • Observe horticultural staff as they prune deciduous shrubs and trees.
  • Admire the "bare bones" of the garden and seek out plants especially valued for bark, berries or stem color for winter interest
  • Preview spring in full glory in the Cottage Garden located in the west wing of the Conservatory.
  • Watch birdfeeders as they become especially active during the winter season.
  • Attend the annual CVNLA Winter symposium in February and get inspired for spring.

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