Making a Difference
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education and our passion is connecting people and plants to improve communities. Our goal is to extend beyond traditional boundaries to have a positive impact and to enrich lives. The Garden is growing fresh produce for the hungry; actively participating in urban greening and water management initiatives; contributing to economic development and work-force training; and educating diverse youth and adult audiences about critical issues related to the interdependence of plants and people.
Our Mission affirms the Garden as a primary resource for learning about the botanical world—its beauty, heritage, and significance to the web of life.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden connects people through plants to improve communities.
Our Vision builds upon our accomplishments and expanded presence and responsibility as we have transformed from a local attraction to a national place of excellence.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, including the new Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve, reveals the unity and integration of human and plant life, celebrates the fundamental significance of the natural world, and enriches communities through horticultural and educational excellence and innovative outreach initiatives.
Learn more about our community involvement:
- Growing Food for the Hungry: The Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
- Gardening for the Future: Plant Diversity, Integrated Pest Management, Water Management and more.
- Reaching Into the Community: Beautiful RVA and Ginter Urban Gardeners.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s 2016-2017 Annual Report is a look back on a year of accomplishments. We are deeply grateful to the donors, members, volunteers, staff and community partners who made each milestone possible.
Looking to the future:
Read Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s 2017–2022 Strategic Plan, Unearthing Our Potential (PDF).
We are Making a Difference in the Community
Read more on our blog about the Garden’s community enrichment efforts.
We are Proud to Partner with:
- FeedMore (Central Virginia FoodBank & Meals on Wheels)
- Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority
- City of Richmond
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
- Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association
- Virginia Society of Landscape Designers
- LAMB’s Basket Food Pantry
- Massey Cancer Center
- Hollywood Cemetery
- Flora of Virginia Project
- Monroe Park Advisory Council
- Tricycle Gardens
- Richmond Public Schools Garden Task Force
- Henrico County Public Schools
- CenterStage Performing Arts Center
- Prevent Child Abuse Virginia
- Richmond SPCA
- The Nature Conservancy
- Richmond Audubon Society
- Blue Sky Fund
- Virginia Department of Education
- Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement
- Virginia Resource Use Education Council
- PBS Science Matters
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters