Dec 3rd, 2009

Lots of Fabulous Happenings at GardenFest!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

GardenFest is going full throttle right now — we’ve added a bonus Member Night tonight (members get in for free) and tomorrow you’ll have the unusual opportunity of getting to see the GardenFest of Lights from a hot air balloon! Yes, believe it or not, the first 100 people who purchase raffle tickets ($10) for our 25th Anniversary silver Subaru from Subaru of Richmond get to ride up and see the lights from the sky!

People are Tweeting about GardenFest (see the widget below), blogging about GardenFest and taking some amazing photos of GardenFest. Plus if you haven’t been to the Garden in a while, it’s a great chance  see our brand new “ribbon of light” Lotus Bridge all lit up for the holidays.  Also new this year is  a giant purple coneflower in the Central Garden.

Here’s a round up of what a few people are saying:

“It’s Richmond at its best,” says one visitor in the Richmond Times Dispatch GardenFest of Lights article. “We’ve been coming since they were babies.” has a wonderful slideshow.

John Sarvay is best known for his Buttermilk & Molasses blog, but wrote a nice piece about visiting GardenFest with his wife Nikole and toddler Thea, on his blog, Garden of Words:

By the time she was in the stroller and could see the glow of blue lights on the bushes outside the main building, Thea was clapping her hands, flailing her feet, straining forward and yelling, “Lights, yay! Yay! Yay!”

Matt Harrington, of wrote about his sneak peek of GardenFest.

RVA TV (part of RVA Magazine) created a wonderful YouTube video with the RVA Hoop Lovers during GardenFest Illumination

In fact, there are so many people talking about GardenFest, it’s hard to keep up with it all.  We’ve started bookmarking some of our favorite coverage on the Garden and on GardenFest so, if you are looking for the latest scoop, check out our bookmarks on Delicious.

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

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