At a Glance Garden Calendar

MAY 2017

Early Morning Hours
8 a.m. opening Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, September 3
The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules.

A Million Blooms 
April 1 – June 1, 2017
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden’s celebration of spring! Events throughout the season include Butterflies LIVE!, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale) and plant shows and activities in the Children’s Garden.

Butterflies LIVE! 
April 14 – October 15, 2017
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale)
Friday, May 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rain or shine!
No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden
The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. This year, there’s live music, a festive atmosphere and the chance to meet your extension agent and ask questions. Presented by Garden volunteers.

Mother’s Day Weekend
May 12, 13 & 14, 2017
Regular Garden admission
A three-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, shopping and dining, plus these activities:
The long weekend kicks off Friday, May 12 with National Public Gardens Day (more info below).
On Saturday, May 13, treat your mom to an experience she’ll love, give her a tour of A Million Blooms.
Sunday, May 14 is the popular Mother’s Day concert (1 – 4 p.m.). Food available for purchase in front of Bloemendaal House. Guests are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs but no outside food or beverage. Mother’s Day Brunch in the Tea House, online reservations start Feb. 7. Activities in the Children’s Garden include “make-and-takes” for mom (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

National Public Gardens Day
Friday, May 12, 2017
Included with regular Garden Admission
Visit on National Public Gardens Day and enjoy a free drop-in tour of historic Bloemendaal House, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas
May 26 – October 1, 2017
Included with regular Garden Admission
Explore as works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants and natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. In addition to the featured works, keep an eye out for pop-up ephemeral art made from fallen petals, leaves, sticks and stones, designed to surprise and delight and then fade with the passage of time. Enjoy digging into your creative side and design your own masterpieces in Creation Stations throughout the Garden.

Wild Art Opening Events

Join us Saturday, May 27, 2017 for Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas opening activities! Make your own “Wild Art” print to take home at Studio Two Three’s mobile print making truck, watch an engaging environmental theater performance from The Tale of Chef Kale and let your creativity go wild at SCRAP RVA’s STEAM stations.
Richmond Rose Society Show
Included with regular Garden Admission
Public hours: May 27, 2017,  1 – 4 p.m. and May 28, 2017, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Kelly Education Center

Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 29
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free admission for military personnel and first responders and their dependents, with select discounts in Garden Café and Garden Shop. Show military and first responder ID card at Admissions.

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden
Continues through September 30, 2017
(Weather permitting)

JUNE 2017

Early Morning Hours
Garden opens at 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, September 3
The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules.

Butterflies LIVE! 
April 14 – October 15, 2017
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas
May 26 – October 1, 2017
Included with regular Garden Admission
Explore as works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants and natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. In addition to the featured works, keep an eye out for pop-up ephemeral art made from fallen petals, leaves, sticks and stones, designed to surprise and delight and then fade with the passage of time. Enjoy digging into your creative side and design your own masterpieces in Creation Stations throughout the Garden.

Flowers After 5 (continues through Sept. 14)
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5
June 8 & 22, 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only (second and fourth Thursdays of each month).

Anchors Aweigh: A Garden Soiree with Three Sheets to the Wind
Presented by the Board of Associates
Blooms, brews and local food
June 9, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

Father’s Day Weekend
June 17 & 18, 2017, 1 — 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Enjoy a weekend of opportunities to honor and spend time with dad. Visit the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, plus these activities: On Saturday, have fun with crafts and activities in the Children’s Garden. (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) On Sunday, enjoy a free concert from the Jangling Reinharts and a boat display (included in Garden admission). Food available for purchase.

Richmond Area Daylily Society Show and Sale
Saturday, June 17
Sale: 9 a.m. until sold out; Exhibit: 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Kelly Education Center
Open free to the public; regular admission to visit the Garden
Hundreds of show-stopping daylilies in every shape and color are on display.

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden
Continues through September 30, 2017
(Weather permitting)

JULY 2017

CarMax Free Fourth of July
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE admission
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and CarMax are pleased to announce the CarMax Free Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. On July 4, all visitors to the Garden will receive free admission throughout the day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) The free admission includes entrance to the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Activities in the Children’s Garden 1 – 4 p.m. include live music and a parade around the Children’s Garden at 2 p.m. Guests are invited to wear red, white and blue and decorate wagons and strollers.

Early Morning Hours
Garden opens at 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, September 3
The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules.

Butterflies LIVE! 
April 14 – October 15, 2017
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas
May 26 – October 1, 2017
Included with regular Garden Admission
Explore as works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants and natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. In addition to the featured works, keep an eye out for pop-up ephemeral art made from fallen petals, leaves, sticks and stones, designed to surprise and delight and then fade with the passage of time. Enjoy digging into your creative side and design your own masterpieces in Creation Stations throughout the Garden.

Flowers After 5 (continues through Sept. 14)
July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5
July 13 & 27, 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only (second and fourth Thursdays of each month).

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden
Continues through September 30, 2017
(Weather permitting)

AUGUST 2017

Early Morning Hours
Garden opens at 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, September 3
The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules.

Butterflies LIVE! 
April 14 – October 15, 2017
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas
May 26 – October 1, 2017
Included with regular Garden Admission
Explore as works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants and natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. In addition to the featured works, keep an eye out for pop-up ephemeral art made from fallen petals, leaves, sticks and stones, designed to surprise and delight and then fade with the passage of time. Enjoy digging into your creative side and design your own masterpieces in Creation Stations throughout the Garden.
Flowers After 5 (continues through Sept. 14)
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5
August 10 & 24, 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only (second and fourth Thursdays of each month).

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden
Continues through September 30, 2017
(Weather permitting)

Late Summer Lawn Party at Historic Bloemendaal
August 26 & 27, 2017
Saturday, noon – 3 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Enjoy a lazy, late summer afternoon on the lawn at Historic Bloemendaal, original home of the Lakeside Wheel Club (1895).  Under the tent, partake in an old-fashioned ice cream social and picnic fare (both available for purchase) against a nearby backdrop of ragtime music and historical bicycle displays and demonstrations.  Relax as a barbershop quartet strolls and serenades, try out a summer lawn game, and step inside the Bloemendaal House for informal tours recalling the late 19th century bicycling craze.  This family-friendly event offers a great end-of-season celebration before school resumes, amidst the abundant blooms of the Grace Arents Garden in all its late summer glory.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Early Morning Hours
Garden opens at 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, September 3
The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules.

Genworth Free Community Day
Sept. 4, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Genworth are pleased to announce Genworth Free Community Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017. All visitors to the Garden receive free admission 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including admission to Butterflies LIVE! 

Butterflies LIVE! 
April 14 – October 15, 2017
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas
May 26 – October 1, 2017
Included with regular Garden Admission
Explore as works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants and natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. In addition to the featured works, keep an eye out for pop-up ephemeral art made from fallen petals, leaves, sticks and stones, designed to surprise and delight and then fade with the passage of time. Enjoy digging into your creative side and design your own masterpieces in Creation Stations throughout the Garden.

Flowers After 5 
September 7 & 14, 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Fidos After 5
September 14, 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only (Our final Fidos of the season!)

Fall PlantFest (formerly the Fall Plant Sale)
September 15 & 16, 2017
Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
No admission fee required; regular admission to visit the Garden
Avid gardeners know fall is a great time for planting. The Fall PlantFest features vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by Garden volunteers.

WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden
Continues through September 30, 2017
(Weather permitting)

OCTOBER 2017

RoseFest
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Sunday, noon – 3 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
See the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden in full bloom with performing arts presentation.

Goblins & Gourds
Sunday, October 22, 2017
1 – 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin decorating, good green fun in the Children’s Garden.

Butterflies LIVE! 
April 14 – October 15, 2017
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas
May 26 – October 1, 2017
Included with regular Garden Admission
Explore as works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants and natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. In addition to the featured works, keep an eye out for pop-up ephemeral art made from fallen petals, leaves, sticks and stones, designed to surprise and delight and then fade with the passage of time. Enjoy digging into your creative side and design your own masterpieces in Creation Stations throughout the Garden.

OktoberFest
October 28, 2017
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Live music, local food and beers for purchase; games and prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. Sponsored by Meriwether Godsey.

NOVEMBER 2017 

Cheers to Shopping
November 9, 2017
5 – 8 p.m.
The Garden Shop hosts a special shopping night just in time for the holidays.

Holly Jolly Christmas on Lakeside Avenue
Friday, November 10, 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Lakeside Avenue businesses (including Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Garden Shop) have extended hours for holiday shopping. Holly Jolly continues on Saturday, November 11 (regular hours).

ShopFest Saturday
November 18, 2017
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Super sale for Garden Members doing their holiday shopping! Twenty percent discount with member ID.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights Illumination
November 24, 2017, 4-10 p.m.
Ticketed event
We’ll kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights
November 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

Member and Volunteer Nights are November 27, 28, 29, 30 2017, and January 8, 2018.

Dominion GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, November 30, 2017 and Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

DECEMBER 2017

Dominion GardenFest of Lights
November 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

Dominion GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, November 30, 2017 and Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
Sunday, December 31, 2017
2 – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Family activities in the afternoon with live entertainment and crafts. (Enjoy Dominion GardenFest of Lights in the evening from 5 – 10 p.m.)

JANUARY 2018

Dominion GardenFest of Lights
November 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24 & 25
Ticketed event
Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

Dominion GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, November 30, 2017 and Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Leashed pets allowed on these nights only.

Member and Volunteer Nights are November 27, 28, 29, 30 2017, and January 8, 2018.

JANUARY 2018

Free Admission Days January 9-14, 2018

FEBRUARY 2018

Half-Price Admission Days: Jan. 15 – Feb. 28, 2018
Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission through Feb. 28

MARCH 2018

March Madness
Daily March 1 – March 31
Garden members (only) enjoy 15% discount on purchases in the Garden Shop & Café all month; also in the Robins Tea House when it reopens for spring.

Virginia Daffodil Society Show
Saturday, March 24, 2 – 5 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

APRIL 2018

A Million Blooms
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
The Garden’s celebration of spring! Events throughout the season include Butterflies LIVE!, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale) and plant shows and activities in the Children’s Garden.

Pinwheels for Prevention Garden
Terrace Lawn near Rose Garden
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, 3,000+ pinwheels are “planted” on the Terrace Lawn (adjacent to the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden), each representing a child served this past year by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia’s Healthy Families program.

Butterflies LIVE! (dates to be announced)
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Garden admission
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life-cycles.

Richmond African Violet Society Show and Sale 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 13, 14, 15
Sale: Friday, April 13, 12 – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 14 & 15: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Show: Saturday, April 14, 1 – 5; Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit
Seasonal Opening of WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden (Weather permitting)

Extended Hours for Historic Garden Week (date to be announced)