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

'Earth Song' rose

Rosa ‘Earth Song’

Performances will be from 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. & 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and include:

From the Legend of Sleepy Hollow,

An Original Baroque Pastiche

Ichabod’s aria-Cavalli, Le Pelizie Contente, 4.21- Erin Wind

Katrina’s aria-p, 4.38- Jessica Wakelyn

Townspeople Chorus – Ensemble

Die Fledermaus

no4 trio-Rosealinda, Adele, Eisentsein- 4.20- William Dameron/Fran Ahern Coleman, Karine Marshall

Adele aria 4.20- Fran Ahern Coleman

Act One Finale- William Dameron, Frank Reid, Karine Marshall

Orlofsky’s aria- Erin Wind

Champagne Finale- 9.15- Ensemble


Fairy chorus- Tripping Hither/tither -4.15- All women- Becky Hopkins, and Erin Wind solos

Love un requited robs me from my rest-baritone aria-Lord Chancellor- 4.00- Frank Reid

Soon as we may,off and away- 4.00- finale chorus and solos-Jessica Wakelyn, William Dameron

 At Rose Fest on Sunday, October 12,   join the Latin Ballet of Virginia in the Rose Garden  for “Fiesta del Sol” (Party of the Sun): Celebrating the Beauty of our Planet

The choreography of “Fiesta del Sol” combines contemporary dance, authentic flamenco form, ritual dances from the Amazon and the Caribbean regions dance techniques.

Performances will be from 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. & 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m..

Performers: Francisco Mesa “El Nano”, Ana Ines King, Adelle Barrow, Roberto Whitaker, Jay Williams and Monte Alfonso Jones

Also, This is the Last Weekend for Butterflies LIVE!

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties, fascinating and showy, transform the Conservatory’s North Wing into a wonderland of

vibrant colors…captivating sights…and extraordinary discoveries.

Throughout October: October Oddities in the Children’s Garden

During the month of October, refresh your family’s “Garden Spirit”, through seasonal displays in the Children’s Garden, activities and special events that explore the weird, wacky and wonders of nature!

Daily activity: Gourd Quest: Families search for different varieties of gourds and pumpkins, including Mini White Boo Pumpkin, Peanut Pumpkin and Apple Gourd.

Also on Saturday we’ll have special activities in the Children’s Garden from noon to 3 p.m.

Umami Tea
Sabrina Walters, owner of Umami Tea, will be providing herbal tea tastings. She will also have items available for purchase while supplies last.

Honey Tastings and Bee Observations
A member from Rockwood Backyard Beekeepers will be on hand providing honey tastings and talking about the importance of pollinators.

Natural Plant Dyes
Children’s Garden volunteer, Judith Towers, will be showing the magic of plant dyes. Samples of dyed material as well as example of solar dying will be displayed.

Owlcraft Healing Ways
Suzanna Stone will be showing the many uses of wild plants.

Hoop dancers
A member from RVA Hoop Lovers will be inviting kids young and old to hoop it up.

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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