Grow Your Legacy

Whether you come to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for quiet reflection, to delight in nature, to be inspired or to spend time with the people you love, you know that the Garden is a landscape rich with experiences. You can help ensure that future generations will continue to find meaning in this special place by remembering the Garden in your charitable gifting plans.


Grace Arents was the first of many generous visionaries who saw the potential in the Garden and sought to make it possible. Her founding bequest in 1926 has grown into one of the nation’s most respected and beloved botanical gardens.

When you include Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in your own charitable gifting plans, you ensure the long-term stability of your own finances while helping to support the Garden’s mission. The gift that provides for you and your family will sustain the Garden’s legacy for generations to come. You also become a part of the tradition of thoughtful giving that brought the Garden into being and ensures that it will continue to flourish.



Receive potential tax savings for your estate by including Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in your will or trust for a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or another type of provision. If you prefer to restrict your gift to a particular program or area of the Garden, please let us know.

Retirement Plan Assets

Retirement accounts can be subject to double taxation. In planning your estate, consider leaving your retirement plan assests to the Garden, and leave more favorably taxed assests to your loved ones.

Life Insurance

Life insurance allows donors to leverage their resources while providing an extraordinary legacy gift to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. You can donate your existing policy by making the Garden the owner or name the Garden as a beneficiary.

Charitable Gift Annuity

To establish a charitable gift annuity, a donor makes a gift of cash or appreciated assests to the Garden. In exchange, the donor is eligible to receive a charitable income tax deduction and receive periodic payments for life. After the death of the last annuitant, the balance of the annuity will pass to the charity.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A charitable remainder trust allows individual beneficiaries to receive payments from the trust for life or for a term of years. At the end of the lifetime or term of years the assets pass to the charity.

Charitable Lead Trust

A charitable lead trust allows the donor to arrange for the chairty to receive payments from the trust. At the end of the trust term, the assets pass to the donor or loved ones. This structure provides a tax-advantaged method of supporting the Garden for life or a set number of years, with a potentially significant future tax-free distribution to family and other heirs.

Honor a Loved One with a Tribute Gift

Gifts can be made to the Garden in honor, memory or recognition of special people and moments in your life.

Make a gift

For more information about these and additional giving options, please contact:

Chelsea Mahaffey, Director of Planned and Leadership Giving
804.262.9887 x221
[email protected]