Events

Dec 29th, 2014

An Unexpected Treat During Dominion GardenFest of Lights: Orchids

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of our dedicated volunteers, Tom Driscoll, mentioned that one of his favorite parts of volunteering in the Conservatory during Dominion GardenFest of Lights is he gets to spend time around the most wonderful fragrances: orchids! Did you know that many types of orchids only […]

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Dec 26th, 2014

Do You Find Something New Each Time You Visit?

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden    Dominion GardenFest of Lights reopens today after our holiday break. I thought it this might be a good chance to remind you that if you come back to GardenFest for more than visit even in the same year you are likely to see something different […]

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Dec 24th, 2014

Dominion GardenFest of Lights — A Fairy Tale Come True

We just had to share this Todd Feldman photo of a perfectly reflected CWD Kids Tree House during Dominion GardenFest of Lights. It’s like a fairy tale come true! Please visit us on Dec. 26th. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and GardenFest of Lights is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24-25, 2014.

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Dec 14th, 2014

Volunteers Make GardenFest Magic Happen

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If you’ve been to Dominion GardenFest of Lights before,  you will recognize some of our volunteers who come back, year after year, donating their time to a place that is near to their hearts, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Did you know that we have over 200 volunteers […]

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Dec 13th, 2014

Enter our GardenFest Instagram Contest to Win a $600 Prize Package

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you entered our  ‪#‎GardenFest‬ Instagram contest?  Just visit Dominion GardenFest of Lights and share with us your favorite photos on Instagram — tagging them with the #GardenFest hashtag! We’ll choose a winner based on creativity, fun and photographic composition.  You could win a prize package […]

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Dec 12th, 2014

Time Lapse of Holiday Tree Bike Sculpture at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few weeks ago we told you about local Richmond artist John Meola crafting a 20-foot  holiday tree out of recycled bikes and bike parts. Now, see how it was made in this Richmond Time Lapse video.  The sculpture will be on display during Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights! (through January […]

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Dec 11th, 2014

Find the Peacock & More Using the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Map

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Each year we have a new theme to Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, and each year, old favorites (like the peacock) return.  One of the most commonly asked questions we get at the front desk this time of year is “Where’s the peacock?”  One family […]

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Dec 5th, 2014

8 Tips for Visiting Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

This year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, A 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 […]

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Dec 4th, 2014

Musical Thursdays at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Acoustic musicians perform festive entertainment in the Lora Robins Library  at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden each Thursday night at Dominion GardenFest of Lights. We have some great acts lined up including flute ensembles, choirs, saxophone quartets and more. Here’s the full schedule: Dec. 4,  6-7 p.m. Lisa Thompson and […]

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Nov 28th, 2014

Tips for GardenFest with Kids

8 Tips for Visiting Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights with Youngsters Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a wonderful family event. If you are a parent, you know any family event can be made even better with a few tips or tricks. So that’s why we’ve put together these 8 tips for visiting GardenFest with kids. […]

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Nov 26th, 2014

More Sneak Peek Photos of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  We’ve been telling you how excited we are about this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights for weeks now. Finally, opening day — GardenFest Illumination is nearly here. On Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, the day after Thanksgiving, we’ll illuminate the Garden kicking off the season with a trick […]

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Nov 24th, 2014

New Sculpture Graces Rose Garden During Dominion GardenFest

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Local artist John Meola crafted this pyramid-shaped sculpture out of recycled bikes and bike parts in the Rose Garden. In fact, he’s just putting the final touches on it now. The airplane on top is a pedal-powered bike too. I can’t wait to see it […]

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Nov 22nd, 2014

Top Holiday Illumination Events in Richmond for 2014

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond is known for its tacky lights. We’re also known for our classy lights too. Here’s a roundup of the top illumination events in Richmond this holiday season. If you really love the holidays, you’ll want attend them all! Mark your calendar, these are just […]

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Nov 21st, 2014

Bikes in Trees! ….With a Little Help From our Friends

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The Davey Tree Expert Company, Inc.  volunteered their time to help us install bikes in our ginkgo tree in front of historic Bloemendaal House last week. The bikes are wrapped in lights and will be an exciting surprise for our Dominion GardenFest of Lights visitors. We […]

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Nov 19th, 2014

Gingko Lends Itself to Ephemeral Art

We’ve been having fun at the Garden this week. Maybe a little too much fun! There are bikes hanging in trees, bike sculptures on their way, bikes in garlands and on holiday trees. There’s even a miniature version of historic Richmond landmarks made out of botanicals in the train display in the Conservatory. (That’s a […]

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Nov 18th, 2014

A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  As you may have heard, the theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights  is all about bikes — a nod to the Garden’s history as the hub of Richmond cycling in the late 1800s. But we also choose the bike theme to share our excitement about […]

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Nov 11th, 2014

Legacy: Bicycle "Craze" Hits Richmond Again

by Shane Tippett, Executive Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   120 years ago, Richmond was swept up in a national “bicycle craze.” The popularity of cycling soared with the arrival of safe, affordable bicycles, available to all ages and genders. The fervor of the times prompted changes in the activities of women and their fashions, spurred communities to […]

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Nov 8th, 2014

Shopping to Support Local Businesses & Nonprofits

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of my favorite ways to support local businesses and non-profits is by shopping for Christmas presents right here in Richmond. I like that my  money stays in the Richmond community, or better yet stays in Richmond AND  helps a local nonprofit. Plus, my family […]

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Oct 24th, 2014

Our Butterflies Arrived Safely in Tucson!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last week we told you about our butterfly round-up.  At the close of Butterflies LIVE we sent 194 butterflies from the exhibit to Tucson Botanical Gardens. Tucson just sent this note with these pictures, “There were three families in the exhibit when the package arrived so those children […]

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Oct 15th, 2014

Tropical Butterflies Take a Trip to Tucson

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of the most common questions we get is what do we do with the butterflies after the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit ends. Monday we had a “butterfly round-up” in the Conservatory as we chased down butterflies in butterfly nets & got them ready for their trip […]

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Oct 12th, 2014

Bye-bye Butterfly!

Bye-bye Butterfly! Today is the last chance to see these guys ’til next year . Look for Butterflies LIVE! to return in April of 2015. Photo by Don Williamson Photography

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Oct 10th, 2014

Dance & Sing the Day Away in the Rose Garden at Rose Fest

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The roses are going crazy with blooms, just in time for this weekend’s Rose Fest. We hope you can join us!  Aside from thousands of blooming roses, we also will have some great special activities. Saturday join Capitol Opera Richmond in the Rose Garden Performances will be […]

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