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The Healing Power of Nature

March 22 – October 31, 2021

Visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to experience 50 acres of cultivated gardens, woodland paths and wild spaces along with the interconnectedness of people, plants and water. Restore yourself through the healing power of nature.

Throughout the seasons look for educational displays highlighting native plants and insects, water, ephemeral art, and much more. Enjoy the sweet sounds of nature. Feel the gentle breezes take flight through the trees. Breathe deeply in the fresh forest air. Smell newly opened blooms and earthy ferns. Come away feeling restored, and somehow healed with a deep understanding of the vital connection between ourselves and the natural world.

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Monday, March 22, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
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HappeningsSecret lives of bugs micro exhibit table in the Children's Garden

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The Secret Lives of Bugs – Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit

Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through October

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 to get an up-close and personal introduction to some of our weird and wonderful native bugs! Please note the location for this pop-up exhibition changes each week (as do the bugs). Please check with our team in admissions to find out this week’s location.

Woman meditating PYR Yoga. Image by Oluremi Adebayo, Pexels

Juneteenth Commemoration Acknowledging & Honoring OUR Freedom, 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.

River City Poets — Poetry in the Garden
June 27, July 25, Aug. 22 and Sept 26 

Join us on select Sundays from 2-3:30 p.m. on the Flagler Garden Lawn for poetry readings in the Garden celebrating nature.

Artist in Residence -- Unicia Buster & Alfonso Perez Acosta, artists in residence. Image by Claudine Reyes

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.

Artist in Residence — Unicia Buster & Alfonso Perez Acosta.

Christina Taphouse Art Installations

Cristina Taphouse is a visual artist and landscape designer that specializes in site-specific, large-scale, interactive public art. She has created two custom pieces for RESTORE, combining new technology and natural materials to create art that utilizes the full scope of the environment.

FLOCK (Polycarbonate, dichroic film, copper foil, stainless steel hardware)

During the 2020 pandemic, our entire society was separated from friends, family and our communities. However, through the use of technology, we were still able to keep in touch with the people who were most important to us. We leaned on the people we loved and grew spiritually closer to our families (born and chosen) without being able to physically congregate. Flock is a symbol of our resilience as a society to find each other and our natural drive to group together. The dichroic film on the birds changes with the natural light based on the angle of the sun and the perspective of the person. This playful color and the whimsical shapes and movement are meant to bring joy and delight to the groups of people passing under them as we reemerge as a community and step out into the warmth and light of a new summer"Refresh" Art by Cristina Taphouse.

REFRESH (Recycled polycarbonate, dichroic film, copper foil, brass swivels, resin, natural plant material)

Water plays an integral role in our daily lives. It is essential to survival. Our connection is primal and being near water triggers feelings of wellness, increases blood flow to the brain and heart, and induces relaxation. The glint of light on water creates an instant positive emotional experience. The Refresh project aims to recreate this deeply biological feeling of attraction and joy that the light on water creates. The questions on the raindrops are specific to the issues of the past year. They are meant for the observer to question how they felt during all that occurred in our world in 2020 and to hopefully help the observer process the good and the bad and to meditate on how we have changed as individuals and as a society.

We invite you to share your responses on social media with the hashtag #GinterRefresh

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

Restore: the lake edge planted with wildflowers