Nov 22nd, 2018

Best Holiday Lights

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Conservatory illuminated at sunset during Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. Image by Tom Hennessy.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at twilight. Image by Tom Hennessy.

It has been my incredible honor to work at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for the past 10 years. I truly love this place and have been blessed with meaningful work that I enjoy more than I could ever dream of. I spend each day here side-by-side with passionate, dedicated volunteers and colleagues who strive each day to make this world a better place.

The programs here at Lewis Ginter are diverse and far-reaching. We work on everything from preparing youth who have developmental disabilities for the workforceto planting an urban orchard, to growing food for the hungry, to therapeutic horticulture programmingto teaching kids about nature and ecosystems and helping youngsters learn where their food comes from. We work to bring more green spaces to Richmond, we train citizens in community-building and sustainable horticulturesupply community greening toolkits,  and whenever we can, we help dreams come true. Not only do we hold classes in gardening, art, yoga, and intuitive eating, but we also host workshops for educators each year so we can reach even more students.  We take pride in sharing the Garden. Thanks to sponsors, we offer several free admission days each year and are always looking for new ways to be a better community member, to become YOUR garden; to make Richmond, Va. proud.

GardenFest of Lights in the snow. Image by Kristen Brown

GardenFest of Lights in the snow. Image by Kristen Brown

Best Holiday Lights

As many of you know, our busiest time of year is coming up: Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. The proceeds from our light show help support our year-round effort to connect people and plants to improve communities. As a reader of this blog, we hope that you will you take a moment to recognize our work. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a finalist for a very special award — being recognized as one of the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights as named by  USA TODAY 10Best. In supporting us in this effort, you are also supporting Richmond and Virginia as a travel destination.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. by Don Williamson

The Asian Valley during Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. by Don Williamson

If you think Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has some of best holiday lights, you can support our efforts by voting once per day, per device here:
We love how this one-click is easy and takes very little time and no login. We appreciate each vote. Voting ends Dec.10, 2018 at 11:59 a.m., winners will be announced on Dec. 21, 2018.  Thank you for supporting your botanical garden. Thank you for supporting Richmond, Va.


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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