Featured Programs for Adult Learners

Explore our featured classes and tours for adult learners! To view all of our upcoming classes, visit our Garden Course Finder or use our Programs by Date tool.

This year marks four decades of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Celebrate the Garden’s 40th Anniversary with a themed class, tour, or speaker series event.


Saturday, June 15, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Everything starts with the soil! Find out how to build your soil for spring gardening with instructor Karin Stretchko, Agriculture Specialist at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College. We’ll learn the characteristics of basic soil types and how to analyze your own soils, including amendment techniques, drainage and more. A guided walk through the Garden will demonstrate how Lewis Ginter’s horticulturists remediate different parts of the Garden’s soil.

Member $40, Non-Member $48

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Saturday, June 15, 2024
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Explore cacao with Conservatory Horticulturist, Jayton Howard! As part of the cacao experience, we’ll snack on cacao nibs, feel the benefits of cacao butter on our skin, and see what a fresh cacao pod is like inside and out. We’ll taste raw cacao fruit and develop our pallets to a whole level of chocolate appreciation. You’ll get the opportunity to plant a fresh cacao bean and watch it emerge into a baby cacao tree in a matter of weeks and learn everything you need to keep it growing. Jayton will also provide an exclusive guided tour of some of the Conservatory’s tropical plants, with special focus on our cacao tree.

Member $37, Non-Member $44

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Join local mixologist Beth Dixon as she demonstrates how to bring the garden to your glass by masterfully combining edible flowers, seasonal produce and spirits into three delicious, flower-infused craft cocktails. She’ll highlight Bee Balm in a “Bee Rosy” drink with Tequila, watermelon and hibiscus; Nasturtium in a “Botany Spritz” with Amaro; and Borage in a “Starflower Fizz” with vodka and cucumber. During the demo, sip samples of each cocktail as you enjoy expertly paired small plates. Fee includes demonstration, cocktail samples and food pairings.

Member $69, Non-Member $82

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Unfurl the secrets of Monstera care and cultivate lush, thriving foliage with RVA Tropical & Exotic Plants! In this engaging two-hour session, Monstera experts will demystify the world of Monstera plants. We’ll explore the unique characteristics of different Monstera varieties and an array of care topics. This class is your passport to Monstera mastery, suitable for plant enthusiasts of all levels, new plant parents seeking expert guidance, and anyone yearning to cultivate a lush, green haven at home.

Member $15, Non-Member $18

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Saturday, June 29, 2024
10:00 am – 12:30 p.m.

Create a beautiful living succulent birdhouse with Melissa Tebbenhoff of Rusted Rabbitt in Williamsburg. Unleash your inner artist and join us to welcome Spring with this handmade wooden birdhouse ready for a living roof. Each participant will choose from a variety of homegrown succulents to create your living roof and will receive hands-on guidance along the way. This workshop will include an in-depth lesson on succulents and how to care for your living birdhouse. Care cards will be provided to support your long-term success with your living piece of nature-inspired art.

Member $90, Non-Member $108

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Saturday, June 29, 2024
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join horticulturist and Sri Lankan native Menaka Dewasinghe for an introduction to exotic tropical fruits available at many stores in the Richmond region. Tropical fruits, known for concentrated and mouthwatering aromas and flavors, are produced by trees native to hot and humid climates or equatorial areas. Learn about ways to add more tropical fruits to your diet, including how to properly prepare raw and cooked fruit varieties, all while receiving some delicious recipes. Watch as Menaka demonstrates how to prepare some of these fruits live in class, and taste samples of the fabulous flavors in a variety of dishes. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to cook with fruits like Mango, Papaya, Durian, Rambutan, Jackfruit, Pineapple, Banana, Dragon fruit, Lychee, Guava and Mangusteen, as well as the nutritional benefits of these fruits.

Member $34, Non-Member $39

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Learning for All

We believe that all adults in our community should have access to plant-based, nature-focused learning opportunities. Each season, we offer adult classes with several pricing tiers to enable you to register at the amount you’re able to pay.

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A Garden for All

We are committed to offering diverse adult learning opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all learners. If you would like to request an accommodation to support your participation in an adult learning opportunity at the Garden, please contact [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x320 and we will make our best effort to help.

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