Family Fun Times 5 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
by Michelle Burdiss, Member, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
My family and I have so many memories that involve Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that it is really hard to pick and choose what to share. It all started when my (now) husband proposed. It was Christmas time and right after I said, “YES!” (actually it was “YEAH!”) we headed on over to LGBG for our first visit to Dominion GardenFest of Lights. We didn’t actually get to come in because it was so late that it was nearly closing time so….fast forward to GardenFest 3 years later –we had now gotten married, had our first child and I was pregnant with our second child. We brought our daughter to see the lights and had a wonderful time. ……Now fast forward to 2013, we have been married for over 11 years, and we have FIVE children! Our big ol’ family of 7 comes for visits every chance we get (even when I was VERY pregnant with No. 5 and had to be pushed around in wheelchair by my husband!)
We now live nearly an hour away but, that doesn’t stop us from using our family membership every chance we get. It was a great Christmas present from my mom. From the Children’s Garden WaterPlay area, to the 100+ year-old Mulberry tree that our kids LOVE to climb, to the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit where a butterfly has landed on over half of our family, to the goose parents with five baby geese that we saw during our visit while I was expecting our fifth “gosling,” there is still so much to explore. It seems I’m always there taking tons of photos!
I am excited that our kids stop and take time to look at the beauty that is all around and are patient with me when I want to take photos of them and of the nature all around. So….here are some photo collages that show how our family has grown over the years during visits at the Garden.