Dec 5th, 2014

8 Tips for Visiting Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Photo by Sarah Hauser

Just before dusk is a magical time at Dominion GardenFest of Lights. Here’s the Conservatory at sunset with the bonfire. Photo by Sarah Hauser

This year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of LightsA Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden has been one of our most popular. With that in mind, and as our busiest time approaches we wanted to give you some tips for a great GardenFest visit.  The closer we get to Christmas, the busier GardenFest can be, especially on weekends, but with a little planning, we hope you’ll have your best visit yet.

• Arrive early (4:30 p.m.) or later (after 8:30 p.m.) to avoid peak times (5:30–8:30 p.m.). Sunset is a magical time to see the Garden during GardenFest.

• Carpool when possible.

• Purchase tickets in advance at the Admissions Desk in the Robins Visitor Center (daily, 9 a.m. –10 p.m. during GardenFest) or order them online. 

•  Consider visiting on a weeknight, Friday and Saturday nights tend to be busier.

• Dress in layers since GardenFest encompasses both outdoor and indoor elements.

• If gates are closed due to full parking lots, check back in 30 minutes.

• Plan on multiple visits to fully enjoy the various exhibits and activities.

• Check the Garden Cafe Specials and plan to dine with us, or stay for a treat in one of our two restaurants. If planning to dine at the Robins Tea House, reservations are helpful. The full menu is served 5-8 p.m. and light bites, and dessert (oh my gosh — Hazelnut Butter Cake topped with a sea salt caramel sauce!!) are served 8-9 p.m. Call (804) 262-9887, x 399  for reservations.

Light Maze at GardenFest by Don Williamson

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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