Special Collections at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Our Garden maintains collections of art in many different formats and media, ranging from sculpture to botanical illustration, both indoors and out. One of our most intriguing collections is original watercolor drawings by Alexandre Descubes. Over fifty of the unique drawings are on permanent display in our café dining area.

New to our collection: We recently collaborated with Virginia Commonwealth University to create the Ancarrow wildflower digital archive, featuring some of 35,000 photographic slides of Virginia wildflowers, photographed by local conservationist hero, Newton Ancarrow.

Our collection of porcelains by Patrick O’Hara was commissioned for the Garden by Lora Robins and are on display in the library.

Two bronze blue heron sculptures by Virginia artist Jason Napier grace the library.

The imposing granite Slow Dance sculpted by Charles Foster makes a large impression in the Flagler Garden.

Have you noticed the weather vane over the Robins Tea House? It’s a metal peacock by local artist Paul Teeples.

Local artist Andras Bality spent a year in the Garden capturing seasonal changes. Six of his paintings hang in the library.

Other special collections include herbarium specimens.

While we exhibit some pieces at all times, many of our collections can by viewed by request only. Contact the library at [email protected], or call 804-262-9887 x240.