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M&T Bank RESTORE:
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.

We will celebrate the spring season with thousands and thousands of flowering cherries, daffodils, tulips and other springtime favorites. We have planted more than 33,000 spring bulbs this year! 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.

Please note advance online tickets are required.

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Start:
Monday, March 22, 2021
End:
Sunday, October 31, 2021
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Happenings learning about butterflies and insects with a children's educator

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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

Performer dancing for the Latin Ballet at Restore

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 The Juneteenth Yoga circle with Ram Bhagat will include drumming, yoga and healing.

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.

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.

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

Restore: the lake edge planted with wildflowers