The changing seasons inspire us in so many ways at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, including in the Garden Shop. Autumn brings jewel-toned hues, rich textures and cozy comforts, with an eye toward a little dazzle as the holiday season approaches.
Yes, it’s almost that time again. I was in the Garden Shop the other day and they are busy getting ready for Holiday Shoppers Fair next weekend, Nov. 6 & 7. It’s always been a favorite event of mine, especially as a chance to find cool stocking stuffers for the kids and interesting gifts for those “hard-to-buy-for” people on my list. Of course, I usually end up treating myself to a few presents as well. (Hey, I’ve been a good girl; I deserve some pampering!)
If you’ve been to Holiday Shoppers Fair, you know it’s when the Museum Stores of Richmond come together and sell their wares under one roof. As many as 24 different stores have participated over the past 21 years and they take turns hosting.
If you’ve never been before, here’s your one and only chance! While Holiday Shoppers Fair has done well over the years — all the profits go to supporting the individual museums — the store managers have decided it’s time to look at new ways to reach out to shoppers. This will be the last Holiday Shoppers Fair in this format.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is honored to be the location of the big finale and it’s especially fitting as the Garden Shop’s Manager Martha Anne Ellis has been one of the forces behind Holiday Shoppers Fair since its inception. “We’re going to make sure this will be one of the best ones ever,” she says. “Bring your friends and make a day of it!” The Garden Cafe and Tea House will also be open for lunch (Garden admission is required to dine in the Tea House.)
Here are the details:
Holiday Shoppers Fair
Friday, Nov. 6 & Saturday, Nov. 7
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days
Location: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Free admission to Holiday Shoppers Fair (regular admission to enter the Garden)
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
- Science Museum of Virginia
- Agecroft Hall
- Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen
- Preservation Virginia
- Library of Virginia
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
- Virginia Historical Society
- The Valentine Museum
If you’re a member of one of this year’s participating museums, there’s a special Members-Only Preview on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, refreshments and save 10% on all purchases. The Garden Shop will also have local artist Kelly Chenault showing how she crafts her hand-made pottery ornaments featuring Richmond and Virginia.
If you have some ideas to help the Museum Stores of Richmond as they plan for future events and activities, please let us know and we’ll pass along your feedback. In the meantime, we hope to see you at Holiday Shoppers Fair!