Events

Oct 16th, 2019

Butterflies Fly to Tucson Botanical Gardens

It is a brisk October morning as I step out of my car and head for the Conservatory. I say “morning,” yet heavy shadows still blanket the garden, and I can even spot a few stars in the sky that are unwilling to give up the ghost. It is chilly, enough that you need a […]

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Sep 23rd, 2019

Native Plants of the James River: Native Art

Experience native wildflowers and plants in a new way by visiting the Lora M. Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden during the month of October for a special show: Ancarrow’s List: Native Plants at the River’s Edge. Discover the color, form, beauty, and science of botanical art in this juried art exhibition featuring botanical […]

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Aug 20th, 2019

Plants of the James River — Native Plant Illustrations

The month of October will feature a special exhibit of botanical art featuring illustrations of native wildflowers and plants.  The Plants of the James River Project, a group of botanical artists working to educate the public about the beauty of native plants and threats to them, will present Ancarrow’s List: Native Plants by the River’s […]

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May 23rd, 2019

Raising Eastern Black Swallowtails

If you’ve ever dabbled in herb gardening, chances are you’ve seen little green worms munching away on your parsley, dill, or fennel. If that’s the case, then you’ve been visited by the larva of Eastern Black Swallowtails! These caterpillars may be found eating anything in the carrot family—including the herbs already mentioned, but also carrots […]

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Nov 17th, 2018

What’s New at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Has there ever been a moment where you were looking at some type of art and suddenly felt inspired? Well, we have! And that’s how this year’s theme for Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights — Bringing Art to Light came to be. Working with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, we selected some of our favorite pieces […]

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Oct 13th, 2018

Goblins and Gourds

Goblins and Gourds Harvest Festival Pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing, and food tastings are just a few of the things that you can see and do this fall at Goblins and Gourds to have some great family fun. We’ve got a day packed with fun for the whole family to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and enjoy […]

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Sep 15th, 2018

Butterfly Metamorphosis and the Human Psyche

Why are humans so captivated by butterflies? I’m willing to posit it has more to do with their extraordinary journey through complete butterfly metamorphosis than it has to do with their spectacular coloration. Considering that the ancient Greeks used the same word, “psyche,” to refer to both the butterfly and the soul, we clearly associate […]

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Jul 6th, 2018

More About Origami
in the Garden

Origami in the Garden continues to fascinate and inspire! Let’s unfold more about origami, the exhibit, the process, the inspiration, and impact. More About Origami  Origami means “folding paper” in Japanese. “With origami, the possibilities are endless,” says Kevin Box, the exhibition’s sculptor. The Process Each of Kevin Box’s monumental sculptures begins with a blank piece […]

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May 31st, 2018

Origami Art Visits RVA

Have you seen the Origami in the Garden sculpture exhibition at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden yet?  The outdoor origami art exhibition, which continues through September 30, is included with Garden admission and is free for Garden members. The second stop on a national tour, Origami in the Garden captures the delicate nature of a paper art form (origami) in […]

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Apr 20th, 2018

Spring PlantFest

Are you ready for this year’s Spring PlantFest plant sale? The greenhouse is chock full of plants that are ready and eager for spring and Spring PlantFest is a Richmond tradition. Plants for each year’s sale are chosen by a selection committee, which brings you Garden favorites (including lots of natives) and trendy new plants […]

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Apr 13th, 2018

Kevin Box Explores Origami in the Garden 

For fifteen years, Kevin Box ’s sculptures have been commissioned, collected, and displayed in prestigious art museums and private galleries around the world. Each sculpture is incredibly unique, beginning as a paper-inspired design that Box immortalizes through the lost-wax casting process. Though the Santa Fe sculptor welcomes the international acclaim, he also yearns to extend […]

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Jan 30th, 2018

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Instagram Contest

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights has come to a close for the season and that means its time to announce the winner of the GardenFest Instagram Contest! Looking through your submissions, we couldn’t help but smile.   This year’s submissions were vibrant, beautiful and full of energy. Some of you showed off this year’s theme, Naturally Ever […]

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Jan 25th, 2018

Century Plant: Worth the Wait

In its native desert, Century Plant endures tough conditions. The result? It can take a long time to flower. Although the common name suggests a bloom once every 100 years, the plant typically blooms between its 10th and 25th year.  And when it blooms, it really makes a statement! See the 110-inch spike on our […]

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Dec 15th, 2017

Artisans Display: Handcrafted Stories

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is the perfect time for us to showcase the rich variety and talent of Virginia’s artisans. Senior Horticulturists Laurel Matthew and Elizabeth Fogel worked with  Exhibitions Manager Kristin Thoroman to create an intriguing display in the Lora Robins Library. One that showcases the diverse talent of area artists and artisans, in […]

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Nov 30th, 2017

Stories in Lights

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights After a year of preparation and planning and months of stringing lights, it’s finally here: Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, Naturally Ever After presents: Stories in Lights.  You’ll find your favorite stories, from fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics, crafted in lights and illustrated in elaborate displays.  Here’s an insider’s view […]

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Nov 20th, 2017

Message from Lewis Ginter’s Director

Let Us Tell You a Story… I live far from the Rocky Mountains of my youth. Still, the horizons in my dreams are sometimes stark, soaring and snow-capped. Upon waking, these mountainous memories gentle down into the lush rolling vistas of central Virginia, and I join my colleagues in the work of RVA’s botanical garden. […]

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Nov 9th, 2017

#Bflies Instagram Winners

Thank you for keeping our #Bflies Instagram contest interesting year, after year! One of my favorite things to do each spring and summer is to look through the tons of Instagram images you post online, not just of Butterflies LIVE!, but of you and your loved ones enjoying this beautiful place. Of all our Instagram contests, the #Bflies Instagram contest is always the […]

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Nov 1st, 2017

Cheers to Shopping Returns

It’s never too early to start planning for the holiday shopping season and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Garden Shop is here to help. Grab a friend and come on over to our annual shopping event Cheers to Shopping — November 9, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. This fun and entertaining night will include giveaways, a […]

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Oct 15th, 2017

Volunteers: Helpers with Heart

They began working last spring. They brought with them energy, creativity and ingenuity. They never asked for pay. And many will keep working through January! “They” are Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s highly valued volunteers who help bring Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights to life, year after year. Meet a few today. Then, watch for additional spotlights in the […]

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Jul 1st, 2017

Top 5 Tips for Visit with Tweens

School’s out for summer! Now what? It doesn’t take too long for the euphoria to fade to “I’m sooo bored,” especially with tweens. People may be familiar with some of  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden‘s attractions for the younger set, such as the WaterPlay splash pad and the Sand Play sandbox, but that won’t cut it […]

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Jun 23rd, 2017

CarMax Free Fourth of July & CarMax Volunteers

When I look back at how Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has changed over the years, I think about some of the physical changes: the new Lotus Bridge, the floating docks and the new gardens we have created thanks to generous donors (the Morton Native Plant Garden, and the Cherry Tree Walk, among others)  I think about […]

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Jun 18th, 2017

Cooking Demo: Honey

Chef Anne Maury Haapala on work, motherhood and her upcoming honey cooking demo This week I met with Executive Chef, Anne Maury Haapala who has recently returned to her roll with Meriwether Godsey after the birth of her son Jacks.   We discussed her little one, being a working mom and her upcoming cooking demo, the Lunchtime Lecture: […]

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Jun 11th, 2017

Mother’s Day Ideas & Reflections

Where does the time go? Nine years ago, I started bringing my family to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Mother’s Day, several years before beginning work in Ginter’s education department. My best friend and I were new moms and we wanted to spend our first Mother’s Day in the Garden enjoying the concert with Glennroy […]

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May 22nd, 2017

Locally Grown

Message from the Executive Director Crape myrtles, Lagerstroemia indica, are native to the other side of the planet, with a genus named after an 18th-century Swedish merchant. Yet crape myrtles are so common in Richmond, occasionally they are thought to be native here. Botanical gardens are good at displaying and explaining global plant diversity, but […]

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May 19th, 2017

What in the World is a Beer Shandy or Radler?

I never thought I liked beer… Then again, the only beer I had ever tasted was a “light” version out of a can.  But my feelings about beer changed when I vacationed with my husband in Austria and he suggested that I try something called a radler.   I was a little leery, but when […]

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