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November 2020

Dominion Energy
GardenFest of Lights

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - Sunday, January 10, 2021 @ 10:00 pm

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring lights, decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, hot chocolate (for purchase); & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza! To learn more details about Lewis Ginter lights, including dining and shopping, see our main Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights page. Due to the governor’s new mandate and COVID-19 restrictions, the number of visitors permitted at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at any given time has been substantially reduced. In an effort to…

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December 2020

GardenFest of Lights Tour:
Behind the Scenes

Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Many connections occur before Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights opens. Networks of staff and volunteers merge their talents to plan the event, create hundreds of lighted forms, install miles of lights and prepare for opening night. Go behind the scenes to learn how the Garden quickly pivoted to implement an outdoor event filled with community favorites – peacock, dragon, giant flowers, animals and even sea creatures. Learn how volunteers – the Basement Buddies – go from chicken wire to light-filled…

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Holiday Wreath
Workshop

Saturday, December 5, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join us to create a unique holiday wreath. Use common evergreens to create a base wreath on a wire form, then add accent greens cut from the Garden’s collections and various decorations. Work outdoors in a safely distanced setting to complete your wreath. We’ll have heaters and light seasonal snacks to keep you warm and fueled as you work.

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Holiday Wreath
Workshop

Sunday, December 6, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join us in the Garden to create a unique holiday wreath. Use common evergreens to create a base wreath on a wire form, then add distinctive accent greens cut from the Garden’s collections and various decorations, including a bow. Work outdoors in a safely distanced setting to complete your wreath. We’ll have heaters and light seasonal snacks to keep you warm and fueled as you work. Rain dates: December 12 OR 13.

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Plants and Spices
for the Holidays

Sunday, December 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Why are holly, evergreens, poinsettias, and spices like cinnamon and ginger so tied to modern holiday traditions? Mark Ragland explores the mythology and botany of traditional holiday plants, including the ingredients of the seasonal favorite, fruitcake! He also includes instructions and tips for the proper care of the most common holiday plants. Online class conducted via Zoom

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January 2021

Free Member Nights
at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Monday, January 4, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - Sunday, January 10, 2021 @ 10:00 pm

Members help the Garden grow!!  Free Member Nights: Members may visit for free as often as they like on the evenings of January 4–10, the last week of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. Please note prepurchased tickets with arrival time are required for all visitors. Also, don’t miss the Members-Only Preview in November! In all cases, members may reserve the number of tickets allowed by their membership level. For example, an individual member can reserve one ticket. A dual member can…

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GardenFest
for Fidos

Thursday, January 7, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ticketed event online pre-purchased tickets only; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA Prepurchased Tickets with 30-Minute Arrival Window Required for all Visitors (No Walk-Ups) Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed dogs are allowed on these special Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights nights: Thursday, December 3, 2020, and Thursday, January 7, 2021. All dogs must be leashed and current on rabies vaccinations. Please read our rules and guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden…

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March 2021

Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 8:30 am - Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 3:30 pm

8:30 am – 3:30pm, Massey Conference Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Virginia Department of Education and with additional support from the Seltzer Family Fund for Nature-Based Education. Join us for the 2021 Educators’ Conference! This four-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development opportunities for Infant/Toddler–Middle School educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers. Join your colleagues for inspiring opportunities to make natural connections using interdisciplinary teaching approaches. Presenters model ways to blend science, social studies, language…

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