Nov 26th, 2014

More Sneak Peek Photos of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights!

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

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Bikes and blooms in front of the Conservatory. Photo by Sarah Hauser.

We’ve been telling you how excited we are about this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights for weeks now. Finally, opening day — GardenFest Illumination is nearly here. On Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, the day after Thanksgiving, we’ll illuminate the Garden kicking off the season with a trick bike show by Mike Steidley. Plus, guests will be able to power this 100+ strand, 9-foot tall unicorn by simply riding a bike.  But night after night, it’s the lights that draw people in in the dark of winter, and bring holiday cheer and create new family traditions.
There’s no doubt this year’s show,  A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden, is a show stopper.   The photos can’t really capture the light show, but they give you an idea of what it’s like.  These photos are from one of my favorite local photographers, Sarah Hauser, of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Sarah visited GardenFest earlier this week for a media preview and really captured how much work and thought went into the design and crafting of the show.

What are you most excited to see this year?

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Tulip magnolia and shooting stars! Photo by Sarah Hauser.

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Bikes in the ginkgo tree in Grace Arents Garden. Photo by Sarah Hauser.

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Conservatory by moonlight. Photo by Sarah Hauser.

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Local artist John Meola crafted this pyramid-shaped sculpture out of recycled bikes. Remind you of a holiday tree? Photo by Sarah Hauser.


Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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