Explore mindfulness as a strategy to manage stress in the busy holiday season. Mindfulness is the ability to have judgment-free awareness as events unfold moment by moment. Mindfulness is also something we naturally possess, however when practiced daily or even consistently, our ability to move mindfully is more readily available and accessible. This course is both theoretical and experiential. Students learn about and discuss the origins of mindfulness practices; engage in the natural and traditional movements supporting the mind-body component…Find out more
Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than one million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities & more. To learn more details about Lewis Ginter lights, this year’s theme and tips for your visit, see our main Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights page. The event runs Friday, November 22, 2019 – January 6, 2020 (Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25). 2019-2020 Theme: Magic in the Air This year’s theme, Magic in the Air, is inspired by things that…Find out more
Ticketed event Merry Mondays Nov. 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019, 5-8 p.m. Join us for Merry Mondays at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights! Bring the kids for Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 23, and Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper in the Library Reading Room, at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Music Plus, on these special nights, we’ll have handbell choirs in the Lora Robins Library from 6-8 p.m. Please note…Find out more
Design expertise is the bridge between technical skill and conceptual thinking. This class explores different compositional principles students can use to create harmony and balance in botanical paintings. Become better at analyzing your work, developing your eye for design and the possibilities in putting together line, mass and color. The class is structured with lecture, critique and individual work with guidance from the instructor and peers. Students provide materials; a list is sent after registration. Instructor: Christine Drake.Find out more
In Fresh Swags with Natural Materials, use fresh greens and sturdy florist materials to create a swag that can double as a door decoration or centerpiece. Embellish with a variety of decorations, and choose from attractive ribbons to finish off your design. Instructor: Mimi Cassick. All floral materials provided. Students bring sharp floral snips, hand pruners and garden gloves.Find out more
Take a behind the scenes tour of the operations behind the lights. Learn general and specific information about the history, composition, execution, and facts about the GardenFest of Lights with emphasis on the outdoor lighting.Find out more
No longer just for groups, join your Garden Guide on this early bird tour to learn special behind-the-scenes details of the region’s most magical light show. Learn how this year’s theme connects nature with flight. As darkness falls, your “early bird” access allows you to see the Garden’s transformation as it glows bright!Find out more
No longer just for groups, join your Garden Guide on this early bird tour to learn special behind-the-scenes details of the region’s most magical light show. Learn how this year’s theme connects nature with flight. As darkness falls, your “early bird” access allows you to see the Garden’s transformation as it glows brightly!Find out more
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 26, 2019
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, January 3, 2020
Enjoy storybooks and activities Free with Garden admission. No pre-registration required. Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m., June – August; in the Children’s Garden. September – May; in the Lora Robins Library.Find out more
Enjoy fun family activities all afternoon with the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic. Live music with the Ululating Mummies, a parade and more. Activities include: Photo opportunities with the Garden Keeper — bring your cameras! Make your own New Year’s party hat Write your wish for 2020 and add it to our “wishing chain” Be a part of the annual Garden tradition: “Rolling in the New Year” by rolling down the hill to the Cochrane Rose Garden. Those who attend the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic…Find out more
The at-a-glance Garden calendar includes highlights from the year including Plant Sales, Flowers After 5 in summer; Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights during the holidays & many more!
The Garden’s celebration of spring! A parade of blooms unfurls as the weather warms: daffodils, tulips, peonies, roses and many more.
Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you.
Bring your dog on select nights only!
Bring your dog to Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights on select nights.