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Toro Nagashi
Member Floating Lantern Evening

The Garden has two Lantern Evenings scheduled. Both are SOLD OUT and both require that members and nonmembers have an Eventbrite ticket.

If you have tickets, but are unsure of the night you are supposed to attend, look at your tickets.

Below is information for the Members Night Wednesday, Aug. 8. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a special, ticketed event and due to overwhelming interest, the event is sold out. Both members and non-members must have a pre-purchased Eventbrite ticket to attend. Children under age 3 do not need a ticket to attend.

A new event at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden captures the spirit of the Japanese floating lantern ceremony Tōrō Nagashi, and complements the current Origami in the Garden exhibit. On this evening from 6 – 9:30 p.m. guests are invited to enjoy activities and view as Garden staff float candlelit lanterns in Lake Sydnor and Central Garden pools.


6 – 9 p.m. Guests can meander paths of the Central Garden and Cherry Tree Walk to experience the Origami in the Garden sculptures. Acoustic music in select locations will delight and surprise. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

6 – 8 p.m. Opportunity for guests to fold an origami boat, inscribe it with a special wish or commemoration of a loved one, and float it in the serene pools of the Conservatory. Origami boat folding (and floating!) at the Conservatory.

7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Garden staff will float approximately 500 glowing lanterns in Lake Sydnor and the pools of the Central Garden.

Aug 8  Members-Only Night Music (SOLD OUT)
Gamelan Ragu Kusuma Ensembles (Indonesian, traditional Balinese and Javanese )
Greenspring International Academy of Music (classical harp)
Tressa Gold (Violin)




Wednesday, August 8, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Details


Will tickets be available for purchase the night of the event?

Due to overwhelming interest and a limited number of tickets available, this event is SOLD OUT.  Both members and non-members must have a pre-purchased Eventbrite ticket to reserve a spot. Children under age 3 do not need a ticket.

How many lanterns will you float in the lake?

There will be approximately 400 lanterns in Lake Sydnor; approximately 100 will be split between the pools of the Central Garden and Conservatory.

Does my ticket include a lantern?

No. Garden staff and volunteers will be responsible for lighting the lanterns and floating them into the waterways.

 How can I participate?

From 6-8 p.m. outside the Conservatory, fold an origami boat, inscribe it with your own special wish or commemoration of a loved one, and float it in the serene pools of the Conservatory.

 What time will the lanterns be lit?

At approximately 7:15 p.m., staff and volunteers will begin lighting and floating the lanterns. Sunset occurs at 8:17 p.m.

Where should I stand for the best view?

We encourage visitors to wander the paths around Lake Sydnor and the Central Garden, experiencing the view from various vantage points as the evening light begins to change.

Will all of the Garden paths be accessible?

For your safety and security, areas of the Garden with insufficient path lighting will be closed for this special evening event. Guests will not be permitted in the Asian Valley, West Island Garden, or Flagler Garden. Access to the Tree House and the floating docks will be closed.

 Will WaterPlay be open in the Children’s Garden?

No, WaterPlay will not be open for this special event.

 Is there a rain date?

If inclement weather threatens the safety of our guests or if consistent rain prevents the lighting of the lanterns, the rain date is Monday, August 13.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please consider carpooling to this event. Parking is free but limited.

What’s the refund policy?

This is a rain or shine event. There are no refunds.

What is Tōrō Nagashi?

Traditionally, this late-summer Japanese ceremony honors the memory of loved ones. During the festival of Obon, it is believed that ancestors come back to spend time with the living. On the final evening of the festival, paper lanterns are set afloat to accompany the spirits as they depart for another year. Tōrō (灯籠), pronounced toh-roh, means “lantern”, while nagashi (流し), pronounced nah-gah-shee, means “cruise” or “flow.”

 Will the Garden Café or Garden Shop be open?

The Garden Cafe will not be open, but food and beverage will be available for purchase outside in the Garden. The Garden Shop will stay open until 6:30 p.m.  See the Lantern Evening Menu (PDF).


Garden Members get free admission to Tōrō Nagashi.  If you plan to visit more than once a year, Becoming a Garden Member may be your best value.


The Garden is open rain or shine and closed only for severe inclement weather (no refunds). Any weather-related closings are posted on the website and Facebook.

  1. Print your Eventbrite ticket or have the ticket on your smartphone.
  2. Come to the Visitors Center and show ticket at the admissions desk for check-in.*
  3. After check-in, you’re good to go! Admissions will hand you a sticker and you can proceed to the gardens.

*PLEASE NOTE: If you’re visiting during high-volume times, there may be a line at the admissions desk.


Origami in the Garden is an exhibition of metal outdoor sculpture inspired by the art of paper folding. Santa Fe artist Kevin Box collaborates with his wife, Jennifer Box and origami masters Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander to celebrate the art of origami in museum quality sculpture and educational programming.


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Guests who do not consent to this policy may opt out of a photo by informing the photographer.
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