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March 2019


Friday, March 29, 2019 - Monday, September 30, 2019

The Art of Play promises moments of joy, whimsy and enchantment as Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden comes alive with art that explores how playful interactions can create connection and conversation. Six new interactive sculptures from Virginia artists will inspire you to see play in a whole new way!  March 29, 2019 – September 30, 2019 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. With extended summer hours on Thursdays at Flowers After 5                    …

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April 2019

M&T Bank
Butterflies LIVE!

Friday, April 12, 2019 - Monday, October 14, 2019

Regular Garden admission Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats, and life cycles. Runs April 12 – October 14, 2019. NEW for 2019! EXTENDED SUMMER HOURS ON THURSDAY NIGHTS TILL 8 P.M. AT FLOWERS AFTER 5

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Monday, September 30, 2019

During warm spring, summer, and fall days, Water Play the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be!  Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays.  Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. Water Play is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.  Schedule changes in spring, summer, fall and on weekends. Scroll down to see the full schedule. 

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May 2019

Early Morning Hours
at the Garden

Saturday, May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Monday, September 2, 2019

Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, September 1 The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules. Guests should also be aware there may be some routine tasks in the mornings as the Garden prepares for the day. The earlier hours are designed to provide garden experiences away from…

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June 2019

Nature Connects®:
Art with LEGO® Bricks

Friday, June 28, 2019 - Sunday, September 22, 2019

Award Winning Exhibit of LEGO brick sculptures, a butterfly, a hummingbird, insects, flowers and more! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended summer hours on Thursday nights till 9 p.m. at Flowers After 5 A giant praying mantis made with 42,164 LEGO pieces; a pristine lily created with rare pink LEGO pieces; a sculpture of a snake and a mouse exploring relationships between prey and predator: these are just a few of the sculptures on display at  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden June…

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August 2019

Basic Floral Design
Part 1

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

In this floral design class, learn how to create the basic shapes and styles of floral designs—the building blocks for true creativity.  This course will introduce you to techniques and styles commonly used by professionals.   Learn preparation techniques, how to create basic shapes, and how to prepare flowers for long-lasting arrangements. A section on cut flower care and handling is included, along with a text.  All materials provided; students need to bring sharp floral snips. Instructor: Mimi Cassick.

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Introduction to Pen and Ink
for Scientific Illustration

Saturday, August 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - Saturday, August 31, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

Primarily associated with scientific illustration because of its ease for reproduction in books and scientific journals, pen and ink is a valuable tool for the botanical artist.  Instructor Lorraine Brevig helps you build and expand on your previous experiences with drawing and rendering in graphite.  Become familiar with and practice the use of conventional dipping pens such as the crowquill, and experiment with technical pens such as a Rapidograph pen. Practice with a variety of drawing surfaces to create a clean,…

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Thursday Yoga at the Garden:
August-September Session

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Learn yoga’s calming rhythms of breathing, movement, and posture in a tranquil Garden setting.  Small class sizes enable instructor Jacqueline Gooding to offer individual pointers and address multiple levels of experience.  Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, water and appropriate layered clothing for the season.  Classes take place in the Garden or inside Garden buildings, depending on weather.

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After 5

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, September 12, 2019

August 15th – Due to tonight’s weather forecast, Flowers After 5 (5pm – 9pm) food and music will be moving inside the Robins Visitors Center Café. This event is included with General Admission so guests coming for the activities as well as to visit the Garden will be required to pay regular Garden admission. As always, members are free! Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine, and beer, dining,…

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Fidos After 5

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Second and Fourth Thursdays

The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed dogs during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, September 12, 2019 All dogs must be leashed and current on rabies vaccinations. Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins Visitor Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building. Please read our rules and guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with dogs.…

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