Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: By the Numbers

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty on an historic property with more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens, dining and shopping. More than a dozen themed gardens include a Conservatory, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Asian Valley and Cherry Tree Walk.

Our mission is education; our passion is connecting people & plants to measurably improve our community.

1984 Founded as a nonprofit public garden. Established by bequest of benefactor Grace Arents; named in honor of her uncle Lewis Ginter.
386,000 visitors annually (one of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond Region)
11,500 member households
50,000 children visit annually; 12,000 as part of structured education programs with ¼ of those from low-to-moderate-income households who participate for free
82 acres (50 landscaped); a dozen+ themed gardens (80 acres at Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve)
5,500+ unique genera, species and cultivars from monarch conservatory photo by Jonah Hollandaround the world
72 full-time equivalent staff
615+ volunteers
$6.1 million annual operating budget; very little government funding; more than half is earned income
400+ rental events annually
10,000 lbs. fresh vegetables grown in Community Kitchen Garden annually and donated to food bank
140-150 adult continuing education programs offered annually
1,600 adults participating in guided tours and group programs annually
2,300 adults participating in adult education programs annually
13,700 students participating in educational programs annually
580 students participating in service learning and vocational programs annually
325 teachers participating in educator workshops annually
(2015 data)

Awards & Recognition

*The fourth “Best Botanical Garden” in the nation by USA Today. (2016)
*One of the “top botanical gardens in the U.S. worth traveling for” by TripAdvisor’s FlipKey site. (2016)
*USA Today “10 Best Public Gardens” voted number two by readers (2014)
*Travel Channel “Best Botanical Gardens in the U.S.” (2013)
*International Garden Tourism Award “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For” (2013)
*Institute for Museum and Library Services and the White House “Top 10 Museums in the U.S.” (2011)

Explore Our Gardens

We have more than a dozen themed gardens

Explore Now