Splendor Under Glass Sponsorship
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was established in 1984 as a public botanical garden through the generous bequest of Grace Arents, who wished to provide to an increasingly urbanized community a place of natural beauty, learning and refreshment – a unique resource where art and science meet. Our three-fold mission is (1) to provide education to the community about the plant world, (2) promote the best in horticulture and landscape design and (3) work toward the goal of being a leader in botanical and applied horticultural research. Our vision is to become one of the finest public botanical gardens in the country.
More than 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, horticultural and educational facilities, as well asinviting community amenities have been developed on our 82-acre site. Our most significant facilities have been completed in the past ten years – the Rose Garden, the E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center, the Education and Library Complex, and the Victorian-style glass-domed conservatory. These beautiful, user-friendly buildings have greatly expanded our capacity to serve visitors from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Total annual visitation has increased from 65,000 in 1997 to more than 270,000 in 2008, and membership increased from 3,808 to 12,000 in the same time period, including 50 business members. With the addition of an extraordinary, universally accessible Children’s Garden in the fall of 2005, Lewis Ginter is now the most comprehensive public garden on the east coast between Philadelphia’s Longwood Gardens and the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the ‘Most Visited Paid Attraction’ in the Richmond Area.
Education programs for learners of all ages use the Garden as a living laboratory to explore the fascination and central importance of the botanical world. Opportunities range from informal, self-guided tours to more structured programs developed in partnership with schools and community organizations. Children’s education programs incorporate Virginia State Standards of Learning and provide teachers with materials for use in their own classrooms. All education programs encourage a personal response to the natural world and the development of informed views about environmental issues.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Splendor Under Glass fundraiser is an invitation-only, black tie affair staged in the glass Conservatory amidst cascading poinsettias, white orchids, bright red Christmas cacti, drifts of amaryllis, scented paper white narcissus, red cyclamen and white chrysanthemums. For the commemoration of our 25th silver anniversary, the event will be nothing short of exceptional in a beautiful setting filled with holiday spirit and festivities including an elegant dinner, entertainment, silent auctions and a private preview of GardenFest of Lights 2009. As guests arrive, they will be dazzled
with breathtaking botanical decorations hand-crafted by staff and volunteers and light displays created specifically for the 2009 GardenFest of Lights exhibition.
Click this link to learn more and download a PDF sponsorship packet. SUG Sponsorehip Packet.