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Storm Drain Painting with the James River Association, New date! April 8, 1-4 p.m.
Join us as we partner with our friends at the James River Association to bring awareness to how our storm drains affect local water quality and even the Chesapeake Bay! Learn from a James River Association educator about how stormwater pollution affects all of us, even the plants! Our storm drain art will celebrate the native plant and animal species in the James River watershed. Learn more about how you can help make a difference at Paint Out Pollution.
Location: Parking Lot C on April 8, 1-4 p.m.
The Secret Lives of Bugs – Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit
Wednesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what a baby dragonfly looks like? Or where butterflies go in the rain? Visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to learn the answers to these questions and more, as we reveal the secret lives of bugs!
Starting this spring, the Garden will be featuring an educational display of live insects and other invertebrates, highlighting the fascinating life details of critters found in your yard, neighborhood or local park. You’ll learn about what they eat, where they live, and what you can do at home to
create a thriving habitat—not just for bugs—but for the entire web of life. Staff will be showcasing an ever-changing array of native species, in all stages of life. Drop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on select days, starting Wednesday, April 21, to get an up-close and personal introduction to some of our weird and wonderful native bugs!
A Million Blooms, April 1 – June 1
Find healing in nature. A Million Blooms is the Garden’s celebration of spring! A parade of blooms unfurls as the weather warms: daffodils, tulips, peonies, roses and many more.
Latin Ballet Mistica, May 15 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Celebrate the final days of Go Public Gardens! with performances by the Latin Ballet of Virginia on Saturday, May 15, from 1 – 1:40 p.m. and again at 2 – 2:40 p.m. The Latin Ballet of Virginia will be presenting MISTICA: World Mythology Come to Life. All myths and legends are about nature, promoting love and respect for our planet. Experience the wonder and beauty of dance in the Garden’s gorgeous, natural backdrop!
River City Poets, May 16 from 2-3:30 p.m. on the Flagler Garden lawn
Enjoy poetry in the Garden with the River City Poets!
Saturday Salutations: Juneteenth Celebration for All, in partnership with Project Yoga Richmond, June 19, 9-11 a.m. (Rain date is June 20)
Invite healing, cultivate community and unify your intentions with others in this special Juneteenth event on the terraced lawn in the Rose Garden. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This is a pay-what-you-can class.
Artists in Residence Unicia Buster and Alfonso Pérez Acosta
Artists in Residence
We are delighted to announce Unicia Buster and Alfonso Pérez Acosta as our first ever Artists in Residence at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Both of these artists reflect a deep connection to human resilience in their artistic practice. The equation of nature plus art is a beautiful combination to start healing and restoring ourselves. We can’t wait for our Artists in Residence to inspire you with art created onsite before your eyes! Meet the artists.
Please note, due to COVID-19, advance tickets are required for all visitors.
Love butterflies? Learn more about which butterflies to look for and how to attract them to your own yard.
Looking for activities for your kids this summer? Visit our Kids Activities page and Kids Learning page!