Plan Your Visit
Visit with Family
Check our calendar for any special events or exhibits on the day you plan to visit.
Plan to spend at least 2 to 3 hours for a visit with family or friends.
Your experience begins in the Robins Visitors Center which offers restrooms, a Garden Café, Garden Shop and Gallery 1, featuring artwork by students from local Henrico County Public Schools. The Garden Shop offers a vast array of merchandise relating to gardening and nature, ranging from the practical to the whimsical. You won’t want to miss this unique shopping opportunity. The Garden Café offers indoor and outdoor dining in a casual environment with a la carte options. The Robins Tea House is a full-service restaurant located in Asian Valley, just a short walk down the hill from the Visitors Center. Wheelchairs are available in limited supply in the Robins Visitors Center on a first-come, first-served basis.
In a Hurry. One-HourTour
Plan to stay in the Central Garden which unites the Robins Visitors Center, Conservatory, and the Education and Library Complex. The Central Garden includes three acres of progressing garden "rooms," featuring classical design, fascinating plants, intimate spaces and dramatic views. Your visit begins in the Fountain Terrace Garden as you exit the Visitors Center. The Central Garden consists of the Four Seasons Garden, Healing Garden, Sunken Garden, and the magnificent Conservatory which includes a central Palm House, a semi-tropical wing featuring our orchid collection, and two wings with changing themed displays full of seasonal color and interest.
A Leisurely Stroll or Full Adventure. Two-Three Hour Tour
Add the one hour tour of the Central Garden above to your Garden journey and then walk through Asian Valley behind the Tea House. Across from Asian Valley, stroll the meandering paths through the Rose Garden and don't forget to stop and smell the roses! Next, cross the bridge through the West Island Garden over to the Flagler Perennial Garden. Once in the "lower Garden," explore the Flagler Perennial Garden and then adventure out to the Woodland or Wildside Walks or sit a while in the Grace Arents Garden located in front of historic Bloemendaal House. If time allows, visit the Lucy Payne Minor Memorial Garden and the Margaret Streb Conifer Garden located at the west end of Sydnor Lake, easily reached from the Rose Garden or the far end of the Children's Garden.
If your family visit includes children, then you might begin in the Children's Garden (expect to spend about one hour in this garden; we hear that it's hard to leave!). If it's a warm day (70+ degrees), be sure to bring swimsuits, swim diapers and towels for the kids to enjoy WaterPlay (restrooms with changing tables are available in the Children’s Garden). If you're visiting with school-age children, pickup a KidQuest brochure in the Visitors Center and take a treasure hunt that will lead you in search of clues in the Garden.
Don't miss the Lora M. Robins Library in the Education and Library Complex - home to an impressive collection of horticultural and botanical resources, including a children's section, and a cozy reading room complete with a fireplace and gardening-related periodicals. The library is open weekdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. Look for botanical-themed art exhibits in Ginter Gallery 2 located in the hallway outside of the Library.
Come back often and tell your friends about the Garden!