Plan Your Visit

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What can I see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden?
A: The Garden has more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens and facilities. Click here to see descriptions and images of the gardens and facilities.

Q: What's in bloom?
A: The Garden is beautiful year-round. There is almost always something in bloom - and plants don't have to be blooming to be interesting! Barks, berries, foliage and seed pods are fascinating and often quite beautiful. Click here to see what's in bloom.

Q: How do I get to the Garden?
A: The Garden is conveniently located off Interstate 95, just north of downtown Richmond. Click here for directions to the Garden.

Q: When are you open and how much does it cost*?
A: The Garden is open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and the cost is $12 for adults; $11 for seniors; $8 for children age 3-12; and free for children under 3 years old and for members. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and December 25.

*Please note - special events outside of regular garden hours may have a different ticket price.

Q: Can I drive through the Garden?
A: The Garden is a walk-through experience; driving is not permitted. The Garden is relatively flat and easy to walk. Wheelchairs are available in the Robins Visitors Center and benches are conveniently located along pathways. Visitors can spend as much or as little time as they like walking in the Garden. A leisurely walk through the entire Garden takes a couple of hours.

Q: What are some of the classes and special events coming up at the Garden?
A: The Garden offers classes and has special events throughout the year. Members receive discounts; learn more about membership. Click here to see a complete calendar.

Q: Are there places to eat at the Garden?
A: Yes, the Garden has two dining facilities: the Garden Café in the Robins Visitors Center and the Robins Tea House, a full-service restaurant. Visitors dining at the Tea House must pay admission to enter the Garden unless they are Garden members*. Click here to see sample menus.

*Members must pay admission to dine in the Tea House during GardenFest of Lights, except on select Member Nights when garden admission is free for members.

Q: Does the Garden have a gift shop?
A: Yes, the Garden Shop in the Robins Visitors Center has a wide variety of items and also sells gift certificates. Members receive a discount in the Garden Shop. Learn more about membership.

Q: Can I bring in food and picnic in the Garden?

No, meals are not allowed to be brought into the Garden. Snacks are permitted; however, we ask that you please eat at tables in the Children's Garden. There are a couple of reasons for this: the Garden has a contract with on-site caterer Meriwether Godsey; also, there are often issues related to picnicking and trash. Learn more: Garden Guidelines for a Great Visit.

Q: How can I find out more about having a wedding, business meeting or other special event at the Garden?
A: Click here to learn more about facility rental options at the Garden or call (804) 262-9887, ext. 224 or 345, or email facility rental.